Cruz Fires National Spokesperson After Rubio Brouhaha

Rick Tyler re-posted blog that turned out to be misleading
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2016 5:27 PM CST

Ted Cruz fired his national spokesperson, Rick Tyler, Monday, after Tyler posted a story about Marco Rubio that turned out to be false, Politico reports. Tyler, communications director for Cruz's presidential campaign, posted a story from the Daily Pennsylvanian blog on his Facebook page; the blog post claimed that Rubio ran into a Cruz staffer who was reading the Bible in South Carolina on Saturday and said to the staffer, "Got a good book there, not many answers in it," CNN reports. But Rubio's communications director, who was present at the time, tweeted the link to a video of the incident that, he says, has "the correct transcript": "Got a good book there, all the answers are in there." Tyler deleted his post and apologized on Facebook, and the Daily Pennsylvanian changed its blog to remove the transcription entirely and say, "Though our original transcription reflects what we originally heard, after reviewing the audio, we feel it is too unclear to say for sure."

"I want to apologize to Senator Marco Rubio for posting an inaccurate story about him here earlier today," Tyler said in his Facebook post Sunday. "I assumed wrongly that the story was correct. According to the Cruz staffer, the Senator made a friendly and appropriate remark. Since the audio was unclear, I should not have assumed the story was correct." But the apology wasn't enough for his boss, who called for Tyler's resignation: "I have made clear in this campaign we will conduct this campaign with the very highest standards and integrity," Cruz told reporters Monday, though he added that Tyler is a "good man" who made "a grave error of judgment." Cruz's campaign has been hit with a number of accusations that it's misleading voters, and Rubio told reporters, "It's every single day, something comes out of the Cruz campaign that's deceptive and untrue." Donald Trump also weighed in, of course, tweeting, "More dirty tricks!" (More Ted Cruz 2016 stories.)

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