When the Going Gets Tough, the Nasty Politician Plays Dirty

What else to think about this campaign tactic from Ted Cruz, who’s facing a tough re-election campaign in Texas – a race that should be a total lock for any decent Republican?

Newsweek tells the story:

Ted Cruz’s Texas senatorial campaign has sent hundreds of thousands of mailers seeking donations that are meant to look like official county summons, a high-ranking campaign official confirmed to Newsweek. 

The brown envelopes read “SUMMONS ENCLOSED-OPEN IMMEDIATELY” in large black letters, and have a return address of “official county summons.”

While the letter inside the envelope was a donation form for the Cruz campaign, there was some fear that some voters might be confused by the mailer and believe that they were required by law to pay a fee.

When asked to explain, a Cruz campaign spokesman didn’t seem to understand what all the fuss was about.

A Cruz campaign official told Newsweek that they had only seen a few anecdotal complaints from confused people. Everyone else, the campaign said, knew it was a campaign mailer.

A Republican campaign strategist also thought the tactic was acceptable:

“These (appeals) are self-healing,” Republican Craig Murphy told Politifact. “If people don’t like it, they don’t give. It’s the most normal thing in politics. It’s the attention-getter.”

The Curmudgeon doesn’t think there’s anything “normal” about this kind of stunt.  To him, all it does is confirm his low opinion of Ted Cruz.

It will be interesting to see what kind of feedback Texas voters give to Cruz on November  6.




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