U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a proud Marco Rubio supporter, dropped a bombshell this week when he released a statement accusing Texas Senator Ted Cruz of “outright lies, questionable tactics.”
According to Conservative Tribune, Gowdy took issue with a Facebook page that claimed he no longer supported Rubio.
“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 Sen. Ted Cruz may not place the same value on waging a contest based on the truth and facts,” the release said, according to WYFF. “In the last week, we have seen a systematic effort by Sen. Cruz and his allies to spread false information and outright lies in the hopes of winning votes by appealing to our lowest common denominator.”
“Now, it’s 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 Sen. Cruz and his campaign repudiate these dishonest and underhanded tactics,” the statement continued. “We can have a debate about the future of our party and our country. But we need not leave our integrity behind.”
The post on the fraudulent Facebook page went up on February 15, and it said: “Friends, It is official, I have changed my mind. My previous endorsement of Marco Rubio was a grave mistake. The recent South Carolina debate revealed his total lack of integrity, intillect (sic) and foresight. To all my Christian and Conservative friends in South Carolina, I hereby formally endorse Ted Cruz for President of the United States. Please share this message. May God bless the United States of America.”
Though Gowdy didn’t outright say that Cruz was behind the Facebook page, it’s clear that he thinks his campaign had something to do with it. The Cruz campaign responded to these accusations on Twitter.
Our campaign had absolutely nothing to do with this fraudulent Facebook post. https://t.co/OGMlAsnLPm
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 16, 2016
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