Setting the Record Straight on the Carson/Cruz Dust Up

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by: the Common Constitutionalist

On Wednesday I was a little hard on the Cruz campaign. In fact I did something I accused his campaign of doing – not fully checking the background of a story before putting it out there.

I’m speaking of the Iowa Caucus and the ensuing firestorm caused by the spread of a rumor that Dr. Carson was hanging it up after Iowa. The Donald is so upset over losing to Ted Cruz that he wants a mulligan – a do-over, like what you get when you’re five. He’s now saying it’s not his fault he lost. What a child.

How does that even make any sense, other than to assume that every voter who baled on Carson went directly to Cruz, bypassing both Trump and Rubio? And has anyone seen any statistics of Caucus-goers abandoning Carson in droves? I haven’t. It defies logic – but then most of what Trump has been doing lately defies logic.

If you happen to be a WWE or UFC fan, the upcoming Saturday night Republican debate in New Hampshire is likely to look familiar. It’s going to be a bloodbath and everyone on the stage will be targeting Cruz because of this. He had better be well prepared with the facts and the timeline of events surrounding this Carson dropping out rumor. He will pay a price if he’s not fully prepared. I have confidence he will be, but it will likely not matter to the other candidates, or the so-called moderators. We’ll just see if they keep a handle on things or stoke the fires of discontent, which is more likely, being that everyone except the voters hate Cruz and would love to take him out.

So, in short, I was wrong to jump on Cruz and his staff so prematurely. I now recant my criticism of Senator Cruz and his campaign staff – and here’s the reason why. Many of you may already know this, but I feel compelled to right my own wrong.Carson Cruz

On Wednesday, Trevor Loudon posted the timeline of events that led to the misunderstanding. And that’s exactly what it was – a terrible misunderstanding.And the way things look now for the Carson campaign with staff be slashed and leaving for greener pastures, these folks may indeed know something we don’t.

“Evidently, a damaging ‘rumor’ that Dr. Ben Carson was suspending his campaign started during a Monday broadcast on CNN at around 7:43 pm est, while the Iowa caucus was in full swing,” the post explained. “The ‘rumor’ led to Cruz campaign staffers informing their precinct captains that they should urge caucus-goers to vote for Ted Cruz. The Cruz camp, along with many other media sources had the same impression.” (emphasis added)

A Business Insider report was even posted and later updated with the link that read “businessinsider.com/ben-carson-campaign-suspension…”

At the time, Larry Ross, Carson’s communication director, was not blaming the Cruz people as he wrote: “Contrary to false media reports, Dr. Ben Carson is not suspending his presidential campaign…” Yes, they were blaming the media for this – not Cruz’s staff. Days later Carson is still not blaming Cruz – just the media.

This is when Twitter blew up, as Ken Shepard of Newsbusters, Chris Moody of CNN, Jake Tapper of CNN, Kaylee Kreider, former Al Gore aid and others tweeted how curious it was that Carson was going home to Florida instead of heading to N.H. or S.C.  Laura Shupe of the Rand Paul campaign tweeted, “Word on the street Ben Carson done!Grab them voters!!!Look at @CNN.”

By this point, the rumor had developed wings. It wasn’t until 8:20 PM that Steve King, national co-chair of the Cruz campaign, tweeted that, “Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope. https://twitter.com/moody/status/694320149432651776 …”

It appears that Cruz himself got wind of this after the dust had settled and the Carson people had set the record straight. It was then that Cruz said what his team, upon learning what had happened, “should have done was send around the follow-up statement from the Carson campaign clarifying that he was indeed staying in the race when that came out.”

Anyone with an ounce of honesty will see this was a misunderstanding – and that’s it. But in politics, honesty is in short supply.

As Loudon said: “Basically, the Cruz team should have known better than to trust the media.” Amen to that! Yet to me, the whole thing with Carson just seems very odd. I think there is something going on here and we may find out next week.

About the Common Constitutionalist

Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

5 comments on “Setting the Record Straight on the Carson/Cruz Dust Up

  1. And the “media” in charge of the next debate is not known for greater competence or accuracy than CNN so perhaps you should make sure to copy them on your article–so they at least cannot claim total ignorance. Not that it would matter. They’ll be trying to get that “cage match” the lefties have been drooling for and playing right into Donny’s hand. Actual issues have no interest for them nor for most of their regular audience, small as it is.

    Thanks for the updated info, Brent.

  2. the media is making a dust-up over a big 0. While we are watching Donald &
    Ben whine over this nothing, who is watching what the other hand is doing?
    There are much bigger things going on with Obama & we are all busy watching
    this nonsense. People wake up!!! Donald & Ben thou you are big boys, remember
    this is politics not beanbag!!! If you can’t handle this, what happens when you
    face something REALLY big ?

    • I disagree, when I was growing up I was always told A lie is A lie is A lie. Yet the majority of the people have come to accept, just as you have, ah that is JUST POLITICS. Well, it does not have to be and damn sure should not be. We pay these people to represent us, we allow them A LOT OF POWER and at the same time they make decisions that effect us all. If they are not going to be honest why in the hell are they there? Why do we allow them the perks they give themselves and say “AH, that is JUST POLITICS”. I do not accept that and if you want to see one way this has gone to far just look at Hillary, I wonder if her personal server being hacked has caused anyone to die? Or is that JUST POLITICS too????

      • What “LIE” has you so spitting mad in this piece of nothingness? Who lied and to whom? Cruz’s people repeated a CNN story and tweet which CNN got from a Carson person. Seems Rubio’s people also heard and saw it as, presumably did anyone else paying attention. Anyone who saw it in any candidate’s group would have added it to their reasons why Carson’s people should move to another…which ALL were already doing. It is the way a caucus works and no one did anything wrong, illegal or unethical.

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