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#CruzSexScandal trending on Twitter, National Enquirer drops bombshell on Cruz campaign
Early Friday morning, the National Enquirer dropped a bombshell on the Cruz campaign with reports claiming investigators found Ted Cruz allegedly having an affair with five different women. The tabloid maintained some form of integrity by not naming names and just published several pixelated photos. With #CruzSexScandal trending on Twitter for hours, users of the social media platform identified three of the women in those photos which included Katrina Pierson, national spokesperson for the Donald Trump campaign, Amanda Carpenter, former senior communications advisor and speechwriter for Senator Ted Cruz, and Sarah Isgur Flores, former Deputy Campaign manager for Carly Fiorina.
Cruz denied the allegations calling the National Enquirer story “garbage” and stating it is “complete and utter lies.” The senator blamed “Donald Trump and his henchmen” for planting the National Enquirer story and is now saying he will not support the real estate mogul if he becomes the Republican nominee. “I don’t make a habit out of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my family,” Cruz said in response to the tabloid.
Trump, in a statement on Facebook, said he had no idea whether the Enquirer story is true or not, but he denied having anything to do with it. “I did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it. Likewise, I have nothing to do with the National Enquirer and unlike Lyin’ Ted Cruz I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence,” Trump said. “Ted Cruz’s problem with the National Enquirer is his and his alone, and while they were right about O.J. Simpson, John Edwards, and many others, I certainly hope they are not right about Lyin’ Ted Cruz. I look forward to spending the week in Wisconsin, winning the Republican nomination and ultimately the Presidency in order to Make America Great Again.”
Since it can be argued that the National Enquirer is not known as the best source of news, one could immediately toss the sex scandal claim aside. After all, David Pecker, CEO of the tabloid, has been friends with Donald Trump for years and even endorsed the New York businessman in early March. However, the National Enquirer surprisingly has a good track record of reporting scandals like this. This same magazine broke the John Edwards, Tiger Woods, Jesse Jackson and the Gary Hart scandals. So one could argue that you can’t completely dismiss this new allegation.
Katrina Pierson, who is now the national spokesperson for the Trump campaign, associated with the Cruz family at one point in time. In the 2014 Texas Congressional elections, Pierson challenged incumbent Congressman Pete Sessions in the Republican primary to represent Texas' 32nd district.Her candidacy was endorsed by Rafael Cruz, who called her “a feisty fighter for freedom.” While U.S. Senator Ted Cruz offered praise, calling her an "utterly fearless principled conservative,” he stopped short of an endorsement. Pierson eventually lost to Sessions but went on to become the spokesperson for the Tea Party Leadership Fund. In January 2015, Pierson attended a meeting for Tea Party activists in Myrtle Beach with Ted Cruz; while in Myrtle Beach, she also met with Donald Trump. After meeting with Trump a few more times in the spring, Pierson introduced Trump at a campaign rally held in Dallas in September and was eventually hired in November as the national spokesperson for his campaign. After Pierson was alleged to be one of Cruz’s mistresses, she responded on Twitter stating “Of course the National Enquirer story is 100% FALSE!!! I only speak to myself, however. Carry on…” Although Pierson denied the allegation, it didn’t stop her from making her Instagram account private yesterday.
Amanda Carpenter, who was Cruz’s former senior communications advisor and speechwriter from January 2013 to July 2015, became good friends with the Texas senator while they worked together. On April 1st, 2014, Ted Cruz appeared on Fox and Friends without his suit jacket and showed off his temporary Winston Churchill tattoo. On the same day, Amanda Carpenter posted a selfie on Twitter showing off the same tattoo on her shoulder while wearing what looks like to be a man’s suit jacket. While this does not prove the two were having an affair, it does show that the pair was close enough to get matching tattoos.
Sarah Isgur Flores, former Deputy Campaign manager for Carly Fiorina, has had quite a bit of experience working for the Republican Party. After starting her career as a Law Clerk at multiple firms, including Romney for President Inc. in 2008 and U.S Court of Appeals in 2009, she was the director for the political organization Texans for Ted Cruz from August 2009 to April 2010. Soon after that, Flores worked for the Fiorina’s Super PAC ‘Unlocking Potential’ from January 2015 to May 2015. Afterwards she worked as Fiorina’s Deputy Campaign manager until February 2016. After the National Enquirer story came out, Ted Cruz’s Super PAC Keep the Promise I was in the spotlight. According to financial disclosures from June 2015, Keep the Promise I – one of four separate committees backing Cruz, gave $500,000 to Carly for America, the political action committee supporting Carly Fiorina before she dropped out of the race. While Super PACs are legally allowed to give money to other Super PACs, it is unusual for one of these groups to give money to an opponent, especially when the candidate it supports was still in the race at the time.
It should be noted that no proof of these affairs has yet been made public. However, the facts surrounding these three women that have been identified in the tabloid are interesting and can possibly be viewed as suspicious.