Cheating to Win in Iowa: You Won’t Believe What the Ted Cruz Campaign Did in Iowa to Try “Shame” Voters into Caucusing

What Ted Cruz just did is not only outrageous, it’s overtly fraudulent. How is it even LEGAL? – Screenshots blog author

There are certain inevitable moments in a political campaign when the actions of a candidate give away his real character. I watch for these. I’ve seen plenty of political candidates come and go. I was a little girl 7 years old when John F. Kennedy died. These “political tells” are often glaringly obvious. Other times they are so subtle, they can fly right by the majority. They sometimes go unnoticed by all but a few seasoned campaign watchers. “Political tells” are indicators of true character, or in some cases, they reveal the uglier inner nature of the real person who is running for office, the man or woman behind the facade. Ted Cruz would have you believe that he is the most pious and upstanding Christian man in the 2016 presidential race, right?

But what his campaign did this week, to pressure would-be caucus goers into action, is one of the absolute lowest, sleaziest political moves I have EVER seen a politician take to try to LITERALLY bend the wills of possible supporters and constituents. It more or less amounted to a blatant public political false flag – a “Psy Op” or psychological operation, created by the Cruz campaign to attempt to shame and embarrass Iowans into attending the Caucus and voting.

 

Ted Cruz’s political campaign mocked up a very officious looking “Voter Violation” flyer which looked like it could have come right out of the state government offices in Iowa. It was designed to look like an official state government document, printed in black text on a pale yellow paper stock. This flyer listed the names of the NEIGHBORS of the recipient and graded their voting record in the Iowa Caucuses. If a neighbor had not voted in a caucus in several years, they were given a large red bold face F – report card style, like the old report cards we used to get in grade school, once upon a time.

Cited:The mailer was a large card printed to look like a manila envelope on one side and was labeled in all capital letters, “ELECTION ALERT,” “VOTER VIOLATION,” “PUBLIC RECORD,” and “FURTHER ACTION NEEDED.”

Basically what the Cruz campaign did was send a letter out to Iowa caucus voters misrepresenting voters as being in violation of Iowa voter laws via how many times they’ve voted or failed to vote.”

There are several SERIOUS and offensive problems with these flyers. First, the grades are phony and were made up out of thin air. Secondly, it is no one’s business whether ‘John and Hilda’ down the street voted or not in the last several caucuses. That’s uniquely their own private business. There may have been a death or illness in the family. Weather may have been prohibitive. They may have been out of town. Etcetera. Why or whether they caucused is absolutely no one’s business but their own. And no politician has the right to assign an arbitrary letter grade to a private citizen’s voting record, dummy up a fake ‘official’ governmental document, then publish the fake failing grade in the fake government document, and mail it to all of John and Hilda’s neighbors!!

Pause to consider how low Ted Cruz stooped to try publicly shame voters into attending the caucus. Pause to consider that his campaign went out of their way to make that flyer look like it was sourced from an official government office. Pause to consider how SLEAZY this is. Then pause to consider how creepy it was that he mailed the voting records of people’s neighbors to other neighbors to try to literally embarrass them into attending the caucus. How low will Ted Cruz stoop to try to get a vote? Now you know.

I think this “Voter Violation” flyer speaks volumes about the REAL Ted Cruz, as opposed to the pious “better-than-thou” man we see in public. I wouldn’t vote for this man now if he was the last candidate on earth. Unbelievable.

By the way, the Iowa Secretary of State is rightfully furious about these flyers. So are Iowa residents.

Cited:  “Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate was taken aback by the flyers also and commented on debacle. Pate said, “Today I was shown a piece of literature from the Cruz for President campaign that misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law. Accusing citizens of Iowa of a voting violation based on Iowa Caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act. There is no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting. Any insinuation or statement to the contrary is wrong and I believe it is not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses.”

UPDATE: Two days after the Iowa Caucus

But wait… the “cheating to win” issue with the Cruz gets even worse. It turns out two days after Iowa, we all learn that the Cruz campaign cheated a second time, telling Ben Carson supporters that Carson was dropping out of the race, based on a news report that stated he was taking a few days off in Florida. CNN’s news story never stated anything about Carson dropping out of the race. He was just taking some time off. Was that news story  misreported to Carson supporters? And was that done deliberately to try to encourage those people to throw their support behind Cruz instead? That’s what some news outlets are now reporting.

Carson supporters were asked to throw their votes behind Cruz. It’s a murky rather muddled story and now that the caucus is over, Carson’s camp is furious over it. Cruz has apologized, but if this happened, and his campaign allowed Carson supporters to believe that their man was out – that’s yet another VERY LOW moment for the Cruz campaign.

We all know now that Cruz won the Iowa Caucus. But the tactics his campaign used to get that 6,000 vote edge over Trump are highly questionable. If the man has to lie and cheat in order to win his first campaign caucus, I think it speaks volumes about what kind of person he actually is, as opposed to the pious exterior that he presents on the campaign trail.

As might have been expected, Donald Trump, after a day’s reflection on all of this, has fairly detonated, threatening to sue Cruz over the cheating.