Here are some quotes from people who have worked with him or close to him.
Be sure to put on your gloves, you might get burned.
Lucifer in the flesh, I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.
John Boehner (Former House speaker and an Ohio Republican)
If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you."
Lindsey Graham (Republican senator from South Carolina)
I hate Ted Cruz, and I think I'll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination."
Peter King (Republican congressman from New York)
I support spaying and neutering just like Trump did to you.
Triumph the Insult Dog (canem loquentes)
I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States. Anyone. I would rather pick somebody from the phone book.
Craig Mazin (Former college roommate)
One thing Ted Cruz is really good at: uniting people who otherwise disagree about everything else in a total hatred of Ted Cruz.
Craig Mazin (Former roommate at Princeton University)
Everybody who knows him in the Senate hates him. And I think hate is not an exaggeration.
Charles Krauthammer (conservative columnist)
Ted Cruz is a nightmare of a human being. I have plenty of problems with his politics, but truthfully his personality is so awful that 99 percent of why I hate him is just his personality. If he agreed with me on every issue, I would hate him only one percent less.
Craig Mazin (Former roommate at Princeton University; now a Hollywood screenwriter)
Why do people take such an instant dislike to Ted Cruz? It just saves time
anonymous Republican staffer
Whoever called to rage about the retraction of our Ted Cruz endorsement: That's the Houston Chronicle. We'd never endorse him in the 1st place.
Austin Chronicle (newspaper)
There’s a reason why the big question about Ted Cruz is always, “When he shaves in the morning, how does he avoid spitting in the mirror?
Bill Maher (comedian)
If I knew in 1988 what Ted Cruz were capable of in 2021, I think I'd probably juuust be getting out of prison right about now.
Craig Mazin (Emmy-winning screenwriter)
It was my distinct impression that Ted had nothing to learn from anyone else
Erik Leitch (roommate, student residence)
You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz. And I hate Ted Cruz.
Al Franken (former Senator & comedian (still))