Accusing citizens of Iowa of a ‘voting violation’ based on Iowa Caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act.” - Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate
The candidates are making their final pitches ahead of tomorrow's Iowa Caucuses, and to no one's surprise, Texas senator Ted Cruz, best known for being mean and nasty, is closing in a manner that leaves no question about why he has that reputation.
The Hill reports that the Cruz campaign has sent a mailer to Iowa voters disguised as a "report card" grading the voter and his friends and neighbors on their past participation in Iowa elections:
"You are receiving this notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area," reads the notice. "Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors' public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. Caucus on Monday to improve your score, and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well. A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday's caucuses."
Cruz's "voter shaming" campaign was discovered when voters the senator targeted posted their "report cards" to Twitter.
Iowa’s secretary of state, Paul Pate, slammed Senator Cruz yesterday, saying the mailing “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,” Pate charged in a written statement. “There is no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting. Any institution or statement to the contrary is wrong and I believe is not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses."
The negative attention from Iowa's secretary of state promoted Trump to tweet his opinion of the Cruz voter shaming mailer, saying:
"The Cruz campaign issued a dishonest and deceptive get out the vote ad calling voters 'in violation.' They are now under investigation. Bad!"
The Cruz campaign issued a dishonest and deceptive get out the vote ad calling voters "in violation." They are now under investigation. Bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2016
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul also complained about Cruz and his voter shaming mailers, calling them an example of hypocrisy.
Cruz, true to form, defended the voter shaming, telling The Associated Press, the tactic is “routine.”
Maybe shaming is the norm in Cruz World. But who would want to live there?
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