By Isabel Matos
Senator Ted Cruz spoke out on what should be done about allegations of voter fraud on the Mark Levin show (94:00) today.
What happened in Mississippi was appalling. Primaries are always rough and tumble but the conduct of the Washington DC machine in the Mississippi runoff was incredibly disappointing.
In that race we know some things and then there are even more serious allegations that have been raised. What we know at that outset is that Chris McDaniel won a sizable majority of the votes from Republicans who voted in the runoff, but the DC machine spent hundreds of thousands of dollars urging some 30-40,000 partisan Democrats to vote in the runoff which changed the outcome.
All of us want to grow the party but what the DC machine did was not to try to grow the party. Instead, the ads they ran were racially charged, false attacks and they were explicit promises to continue to expand the welfare state. Nobody has suggested that the Democrats who voted in the primary would actually vote Republican in the general election. Instead they were just recruited to decide who the Republican nominee was. That’s unprincipled and it’s wrong. But even more troubling, in the past week we have seen serious allegations of voter fraud.
I very much hope no Republican was involved in voter fraud, but these allegations must be vigorously investigated and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted. The voters in Mississippi deserve to know the truth.
There was a brief interruption. While Ted was away, Mark Levin pointed out Senator Cruz is one of the few if not the ONLY senator speaking this way about this so far. He said McCain was celebrating the way Thad Cochran ran and won which was stunning, that Mitch McConnell was doing high fives behind the scenes because he was one of the architects of this. The NRSC (Committee set up by Republican Incumbents) is led by McConnell and his figure head is Moran from Kansas.
Summary of Cruz Statement
There have been serious allegations raised. A full and vigorous investigation is the only responsible thing to do. It is my hope that there are no Republicans involved in this. If Republicans were involved in voter fraud it would be abominable. It is the only fair thing to do for the voters of Mississippi and for the integrity of the election is to investigate the allegations seriously and to prosecute anyone who was involved in criminal conduct.
[This is what Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) had said on the matter:
“I’m for more people voting, not less people voting. I think the people of Mississippi spoke and I think Thad Cochran has done a lot of good things for Mississippi.”
And Senator John McCain (R-AZ) praised Cochran’s ”really excellent get-out-the-vote campaign.”
“There are some people who are complaining that African-American voters voted. I thought one of the major priorities of the Republican Party was to get all minority and ethnic voters out to vote for Republicans.”]
Sen. Cruz is Vice Chair of NRSC. This is his appearance with Rand Paul on Hannity where he said he’d stay out of incumbent races:
Cruz was also quoted saying “I disagree with what the NRSC has done there,” when asked if he regretted having taken the position of Vice Chair if NRSC which supported incumbents during primaries. Read more here.
Most people I know have been wanting to hear from Senator Cruz on this issue and now they have but it’s not enough it seems. Although it may explain why Ted Cruz had been silent up to now, in a tweet today even Charles Johnson asked if he’d even resign from NRSC.