Sex, Lies And Videotape
Unless you have been on another planet for the past few days no doubt you will have noticed that ‘The National Enquirer’ published a story claiming evidence of multiple extra-marital sexual partners for presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz.
Trump equally quickly denied any involvement in the story. Stone did too (see interview at the end of this Report.)
After further research, it appears that the Cruz sex scandal rumors did not start with Donald Trump.
The Anonymous hacker group warned Ted Cruz last week to leave the race “or else.”
Here is the video:
Then there is the Rubio factor.
Several months ago there were rumors of extramarital affairs involving the Florida Senator. The Rubio rumors were detailed and leaked to multiple media outlets with a remarkable degree of consistency, but after the Florida primary result in which Rubio lost heavily to Trump, the Senator dropped out of the race and the story about him dropped out of the news.
The more interesting part of the Rubio story, however, is that at the same time as the rumors about him were being investigated, there were also stories that the real sex scandal of the 2016 race would involve U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
Until now, when the multiple affair allegations in ‘The National Enquirer’ rocked the Cruz campaign. For several days late last week #CruzSexScandal was the top trending item on Twitter.
Cruz’s clever “TrusTed” wordplay also found several new iterations, including “BusTed”, “CheaTed”, “LusTed” and “FornicaTed”, to name but a few.
Although looked down on by many, ‘The National Enquirer’ has a surprisingly good track record when it comes to reporting scandals like this. It was the publication that broke the John Edwards scandal, the Tiger Woods scandal, the Jesse Jackson scandal, and the Gary Hart scandal. All proved to have substance.
The rumors about Cruz were also quickly confirmed by reporters at other national media outlets.
For example, reporter Drew Johnson of (or formerly of) The Washington Times tweeted:
COMING CLEAN: From what I know, at least 2 of the women named as Cruz mistresses by the National Enquirer are accurate #TRUMP #CRUZ #TCOT
— Drew Johnson (@Drews_Views) March 25, 2016
Breitbart News apparently received a compilation video from “a Rubio ally,” showing “Cruz and a woman other than his wife coming out of the Capitol Grille restaurant and a hotel on Tuesdays and Thursdays.” Breitbart did not run with the story because, “there was no way to verify the claims.”
After ‘The National Enquirer’ published its story, Allum Bokhari, a reporter at Breitbart, said:
I hate getting scooped.
— Allum Bokhari (@LibertarianBlue) March 25, 2016
And, according to ‘The Daily Beast’, “for months and months, anti-Cruz operatives have pitched a variety of #CruzSexScandal stories to a host of prominent national publications.”
Half A Million Reasons
But perhaps the most interesting angle on this story concerns one of the women on ‘The National Enquirer’s’ list who worked on the now-suspended presidential campaign of Carly Fiorina.
A PAC for the Cruz campaign paid the Fiorina campaign $500,000, a donation that was so unusual that it raised plenty of questions when it was made in July of 2015.
“That is … unusual, to say the least,” reporter Jose DelReal of The Washington Post noted.
A spokeswoman for the pro-Cruz PAC – Keep The Promise I – could only offer the very lame excuse that the donation was made because “we thought (Fiorina) had important things to say that weren’t being heard, including her poignant and effective criticism of (Hillary) Clinton.”
If you believe that one, I have some very valuable swamp land to sell to you!
Coincidentally – or not, as the case may be – after she dropped out of the presidential race Fiorina endorsed Cruz.
So What Is The Truth?
As yet no one knows.
We are a long, long way from anyone involved in this scandal offering anything resembling definitive proof that any of the five women “named” by ‘The National Enquirer’ actually had affairs with Cruz. In fact some of the alleged sex partners have flatly denied the rumors.
There is a kind of inevitability about the latest Cruz sex scandal allegations.
In an effort to make himself appear to be one of them and of course to get their votes, Cruz has been playing the sanctimonious, holier than thou, ultra conservative, wife worshiping candidate.
It was never a good fit with the sleazy image of corruption, adultery, graft, etc., that we have come to expect from Washington politicians. However, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we went along with it.
But then the Cruz facade started to unravel and Ted Sleaze appeared..
First Cruz “forgot” that he was a Canadian citizen up until a few months ago.
Then he forgot to inform the relevant authorities that his Goldman Sachs employed wife had managed to get him a $1 million “loan” for his Senate election campaign.
Then there was the vote stealing and sabotaging of Ben Carson during the Iowa caucuses.
That was followed by a Cruz denial of any knowledge of the dirty trick, yet at the same time a refusal to discipline those involved.
Even the Des Moines Register charged the Cruz campaign with peddling “pure, unadulterated fiction” when it sent voting mailers that appeared to be from the government. The mailers told voters they had received a “voting violation” because of poor caucus participation in the past and for sharing information about other voters.
The Cruz campaign also sent out mail pieces purporting that a “check is enclosed”, only for voters to find that it was a fundraising pitch for the recipient to send money to the Cruz campaign, not the other way about.
Cruz and his campaign cohorts also told blatant lies about Donald Trump concerning the Second Amendment and other things.
They posted a video showing fellow GOP Presidential candidate Marco Rubio making fun of a Bible, something which Rubio did not do.
Lately Cruz openly gloated over the trashing of the First Amendment, the right to freedom of speech, during the organized and paid for protests against Donald Trump in Chicago and elsewhere.
And most recently of all, there was the attempt by Cruz supporters to smear Trump by using pictures of his wife taken when she was a model.
All things considered, it is a very sleazy far cry from the evangelical conservative that Cruz wants people to think that he is.
What Happens Now?
The only thing that is certain at the moment is that, whilst the initial public attention may ease off as the days go by, we have not heard that last of this scandal or possibly something else lurking in the background.
Cruz has already proved himself not to be the squeaky clean candidate that he tried to make us believe. Just how dirty he is remains to be seen.
We will wait to see what develops regarding the three main questions that this so-called scandal has raised, namely,
(a) will the rumors be substantiated or definitively squashed;
(b) will a satisfactory and credible explanation emerge regarding the mysterious $500,000 payment from the Cruz campaign to the Fiorina campaign; and,
(c) which, if any, of the remaining candidates will be damaged or helped by this incident?
We will probably find out the answer to the last question first as the voting renews in April.
Meantime stay tuned and if you are interested in more have a listen to what Mr. Stone had to say in a recent radio interview on AM 970 The Answer yesterday (3/27/2016).