BREAKING: Cruz Fires National Spokesman – Wait Until You See Why

BREAKING: Cruz Fires National Spokesman – Wait Until You See Why

Cruz announced today that after much contemplation he has asked for the resignation of national spokesman, Rick Tyler, citing a “grave error of judgement.”

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Cruz said his decision stemmed from a social media posting from Tyler on Sunday publicizing a blog that misstated Marco Rubio’s remarks to a Cruz staffer in South Carolina.

The posting, from the Daily Pennsylvanian, which also posted a video, recounts how Rubio ran into Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, and a staffer in South Carolina on Saturday at a Hampton Inn. The news outlet reported that Rubio decided to “have some fun” with the staffer, who was reading the Bible, and suggested that the Bible did “[n]ot have many answers in it.”
Tyler posted the story on Facebook but later deleted it and apologized after a Cruz staffer said Rubio didn’t make any such comment.

But Cruz decided greater action was needed.

“Our campaign should not have sent it. That’s why I’ve asked for Rick Tyler’s resignation,” Cruz said about the social media posting about the Daily Pennsylvanian article.
He said he spent the morning investigating before coming to his conclusion. He added, “I have made clear in this campaign that we will conduct this campaign with the very highest standards of integrity.”

Tyler’s exit comes as the Cruz campaign has been under increased fire from his rivals, who have accused him of running a dirty campaign. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson accused Cruz of spreading rumors that he had dropped out of the race as the

Iowa caucuses were going on, and Rubio’s campaign has cried foul over a Photoshopped image of Rubio shaking hands with President Barack Obama.

Tyler posted an apology early Monday morning for his prior distribution of the blog post. “I want to apologize to Senator Marco Rubio for posting an inaccurate story about him here earlier today,” Tyler said. “The story showed a video of the Senator walking past a Ted Cruz staffer seated in the lobby of a hotel reading his Bible. The story misquoted a remark the Senator made to the staffer. I assumed wrongly that the story was correct. According to the Cruz staffer, the Senator made a friendly and appropriate remark.”

Rubio, talking to reporters on Monday, said he has come to expect dirty tactics from Cruz’s campaign.

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“It’s every day there’s something new. Perhaps that was the most disturbing one because they basically made it up,” the Florida senator said. “They proactively promoted it and pushed it on people that somehow I had disrespected the Bible. I know exactly what I said to that young man.”

Rubio’s comments came after his campaign had been slamming Cruz’s camp for Tyler’s original Facebook post.

Alex Conant, Rubio communications director, posted a video he said had the correct transcript. Any other video “is another dirty trick by Cruz camp,” he said. “How do I know? I’m in the video!!”

In the clip, Rubio tells the staffer he has “a good book there.” “All the answers are in there,” he added. “Especially in that one.”

Asking for his resignation was the right thing to do… dishonesty does far more damage in the long run.

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