CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 17 (UPI) — Sen. Ted Cruz condemned a Facebook post that falsely claimed South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy was switching his endorsement from Sen. Marco Rubio to Cruz.
The post cropped up Tuesday afternoon on a Facebook page called “Trey Gowdy Prayers” which has since been deleted.
Gowdy, who endorsed Rubio late last year, blasted the post in a statement put out by Rubio’s campaign.
“As a prosecutor, and in Congress, I’ve devoted my life to the rule of law and truth. The truth actually matters to me and to all South Carolinians. Unfortunately it appears that the campaign of Senator Ted Cruz may not place the same value on waging a contest based on the truth and facts,” Gowdy’s statement said. “Its been reported that a fake Facebook page has been used to fool South Carolinians into thinking that I no longer support Marco Rubio and that I’m instead supporting Ted Cruz. Nothing could be further from the truth and I’m demanding that Senator Cruz and his campaign repudiate these dishonest and underhanded tactics.”
Later that night, Cruz tweeted: “Our campaign had absolutely nothing to do with this fraudulent Facebook post.”
Cruz’s rapid response director Brian Phillips reached out to reporters on Tuesday as well.
“Are there any reporters on the road with Rubio/Gowdy asking Rep. Gowdy to produce a single shred of evidence that anyone associated with the Cruz campaign was behind the fake Facebook account? And if he can’t, shouldn’t that be included in your stories?” Phillips said in an email. “Considering the man is a former prosecutor, he should know better than to make unsubstantiated accusations like that without at least some proof.”
GOPUSA Editor’s Note: Regardless of whether you support Cruz, Rubio, or someone else, Phillips is right. People can’t just go around throwing out accusations without any proof. And where’s the journalism? This story goes on and on about Cruz, but does no investigative reporting into the accusations? Even worse, it promotes editorialization as if it were news. And don’t you think if Gowdy actually changed his endorsement to Cruz, he would contact the Cruz campaign first and there would be an official announcement… not some Facebook post? The whole thing is ridiculous, and UPI is covering it as if it were newsworthy. Americans deserve better than this.
While Gowdy fell short of accusing Cruz of foul play, the incident doesn’t look good. Cruz’s campaign has already been accused of by other candidates of using dirty tricks to fool voters, from distributing mailers in Iowa threatening recipients with “violations” for failing to vote to mailing out fake checks and leaving supporters voice mails telling them that Dr. Ben Carson had dropped out of the race the night of the Iowa caucuses.
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