The latest smear against Ted Cruz

When I was in law school a guy I knew who worked for someone in the Texas legislature told me of one of the things Democrats would sometimes do.  They would make allegations against an opponent they knew were wrong in order to get him on the record as denying it extending the story line for another news cycle.  He thought it was funny and I thought it was unethical.

Today It has been alleged that a National Inquirer story would be forthcoming claiming Ted Cruz had five mistresses.  He angrily denied the charges as have some of the women who have been named by others as engaging in an affair with him.  Trump has denied any knowledge of the claims or the story, but there is this:
Donald Trump’s Alliance With the National Enquirer
The piece was published in October of 2015.
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Now, as Carson overtakes Trump as the GOP front-runner, it appears Trump is getting help from a media outlet known for ending presidential candidacies: the National Enquirer. Earlier this month, the Enquirer published a cover story on Carson headlined “Bungling Surgeon Ben Carson Left Sponge in Patient’s Brain!” The article called Carson a “White House wannabe” and claimed he “brandished a scalpel like a meat cleaver!” It went on to quote angry former patients saying he botched surgeries that left them disfigured and in pain; one patient who sued Carson said he forgot to remove a surgical sponge from her brain after a procedure. “His presidential campaign should be dead on arrival!” Enquirer reporter Sharon Churcher wrote.

Trump and Enquirer CEO David Pecker have been friends for years. “They’re very close,” said a source close to the Enquirer. In July 2013, Trump even tweeted that Pecker should become CEO of Time magazine, which at the time was being spun off from its corporate parent, Time Warner. “He’d make it exciting and win awards!”
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The timing of the latest hit job on Cruz coincides with Trump taking heat for his over the top attacks on Heidi Cruz and his poll numbers slipping in Wisconsin and with women in particular.  It is an interesting coincidence.

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