BREAKING: After publishing this story, I was contacted by Chris Wilson, Director of Research, Analytics & Digital Strategy who informed me of the following:
— Chris Wilson (@WilsonWPA) March 8, 2016
Here is the larger statement
I trust the words of Chris going forward on this and maybe the Rubio campaign should check into this before spreading the blame on “Cruz campaign”
Listen, there are mistakes, and then there are purposeful shenanigans. It seems Sen. [score]Ted Cruz[/score]’s campaign doesn’t know the rules of civil campaigning, or these instances wouldn’t keep happening.
If this was happening from every campaign crew, then it might be tolerated, but it seems these allegations have one constant, and it keeps coming out as Ted Cruz’s people.
Everyone remember what happened to Dr. Ben Carson in Iowa, which was a tragedy but now Sen. [score]Marco Rubio[/score] is once again claiming the Cruz campaign is playing loose with the truth. Rubio’s campaign claims Cruz’s Hawaii campaign spread a story claiming that Rubio’s advisors were telling him to leave the race.
This was debunked on CNN just last night. This coupled with the photoshopped graphic placing Rubio in an awkward position shaking Obama’s hand when it never happen some to pause and question the ethics of the Cruz campaign. The photoshopped picture was promoted as the real deal until it was also debunked.
From The Politico:
Marco Rubio’s campaign is accusing Ted Cruz’s campaign of “using a bogus story from CNN to spread false rumors” that the Florida senator is dropping out of the race.
“Senator Cruz is up to his dirty tricks again spreading false rumors and lies. We won’t allow him to do to Marco Rubio in Florida what he did to Ben Carson in Iowa,” Rubio spokesman Joe Pounder said in a statement. “Floridians and voters across the country will reject Senator Cruz’s campaign of disgusting tactics because they know a vote for Cruz is a vote for Donald Trump.”
Pounder is referring to an email sent out by Cruz’s Hawaii surrogates titled “WASTED VOTE.”
The email from Cruz’s Hawaii campaign goes on to say, “According to multiple news sources, Marco Rubio’s advisers are telling him to drop out of the presidential race before losing his home state of Florida in a few days time.”
The Cruz campaign’s email lists only one source: a CNN story that said some of Rubio’s advisers want him to exit the race before Florida takes to the polls in order to save his reputation in case he loses his home state — a report the Rubio campaign has vehemently denied.
Cruz campaign delivered a disavowing the email and claiming that Ted Cruz Hawaii is an unsanctioned organization. According to Mediaite, Ted Cruz Hawaii has deleted their website and has not responded to questions about the false information. Let it be known before the website was deleted, Ted Cruz Hawaii claimed to be “the officially sanctioned organizing committee for Cruz for President.”
Don’t expect the Rubio supporters to side with Ted Cruz campaign if their candidate drops out of the race. Many of Rubio supporters are not happy with the tactics of the Texas Senator.