UPDATE: Sarah Rumpf reached out to Erick and I, and the editors at IJ Review have demonstrated that they stand behind Rumpf’s factual reporting. Although the outsize outrage in the liberal media latched onto this story, Rumpf herself was not intending it to smear Cruz. I stand corrected in that interpretation.
Sarah Rumpf wrote an article on Ted Cruz at IJ Review over the weekend about a few voters in Iowa who took issue with a Cruz mailer. Cruz haters seized on this like a bulldog on a bone.
First, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate threw down a hate message on Facebook using his official office to condemn the mailer. He said it “misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law.” That’s absolute garbage. There’s nothing about the mailer that indicates it’s from the State of Iowa or any government organization.
I have gotten mailers like these for years as regular as a drumbeat getting close to election days. It’s a pretty standard piece of GOTV campaigns these days.
In fact, on Twitter, Steve Deace challenged that the voters in the story even existed.
Then Ryan Lizza at The New Yorker wrote that the mailers are “fraudulent.” Again, complete garbage. It’s campaign mail identified as such. Lizza pulled his own punch, writing
And, in Cruz’s defense, the mailer does clearly indicate that it’s “Paid for by Cruz for President.”
Yeah, headline the article “Ted Cruz’s Iowa Mailers are More Fraudulent Than Everyone Thinks” then disprove your own point. That’s not a political attack, right?
Cruz responded Saturday night.
I will apologize to nobody for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote … Iowa, as first in the nation, has an incredibly important role in deciding who the next commander-in-chief of this country will be. We are going to continue to use every tool we can to encourage the men and woman of Iowa to come out, to caucus on Monday night and to stand together as one
These are not the words of a man worried about being prosecuted for sending a fraudulent mailer.
For her part, Rumpf wrote she would support Cruz in a general election, but I haven’t seen any evidence she fabricated the story. Rumpf is definitely not a Trump supporter.
I've said over and over if Cruz is nominee, I'm voting for him with no hesitation. Never voting for trump. https://t.co/QDwm9eJQ07
— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) February 1, 2016
But she is a Rubio supporter, having written this piece (it was quote long) in Legal Insurrection last week, which ends thusly.
This is a critically important election year, and Republicans need to find a nominee who can not only defeat Hillary Clinton (or Bernie Sanders, or a nominated-at-the-convention Joe Biden if Clinton’s campaign crashes), but who can actually support a conservative agenda from the White House. Rubio’s record shows he doesn’t just give good conservative speeches, he doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk.
It’s beneath someone of Rumpf’s character and thoughtful nature to smear Cruz in this way. Finding someone who hates a mailer to plant a story is not hard to do–“I changed my mind” tactics are as old as Abraham Lincoln.
But this just shows how desperate the Cruz haters are and shows they’ll get out the shovels to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find anything to hurt him.