In a hard-fought campaign we expect name calling and mudslinging, especially if Donald Trump is in the race. Dirty tricks are another matter. Unfortunately we are seeing a pattern coming from the Cruz campaign.
It started in Iowa. They sent out a mailer designed to look like a government document grading voters on how often they vote. Just before the caucus they picked up a false CNN story that Ben Carson was dropping out and emailed it to supporters. Cruz then had to fire his spokesman over him questioning Rubio’s religion. Now they are in trouble again over emails based on another CNN story that Rubio’s advisors are pushing him to withdraw.
I don’t care for his political views or confrontational approach to governing. I do believe that he is a decent person. It seems unlikely that he would sanction dirty tricks yet this keeps happening. Obviously a candidate doesn’t see every mailer or email. At this point it doesn’t matter whether this is a deliberate strategy or staffers getting out of control. He needs to take action to ensure this doesn’t keep happening.