South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy slammed Ted Cruz this week after a fraudulent Facebook page made it look like he'd retracted his endorsement of Marco Rubio, however Cruz denied all responsibility.
"Our campaign had absolutely nothing to do with this fraudulent Facebook post," Cruz wrote on his verified Facebook page
on Tuesday. "This kind of deception is deplorable and nothing like it would be tolerated by this campaign."
Marco Rubio has locked up the endorsement of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, as well as both U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, ahead of Saturday's primary vote.
USA Today reported
that a since-removed post on a Facebook page called "Trey Gowdy Prayer" fraudulently wrote that his endorsement of Rubio was a "grave mistake," and that he was switching his endorsement to Cruz.
As soon as the post began to be shared widely, Gowdy released a statement to snuff out the false rumor.
"As a prosecutor, and in Congress, I’ve devoted my life to the rule of law and truth. The truth actually matters to me and to all South Carolinians. Unfortunately it appears that the campaign of Senator Ted Cruz may not place the same value on waging a contest based on the truth and facts," he began.
"It's been reported that a fake Facebook page has been used to fool South Carolinians into thinking that I no longer support Marco Rubio and that I’m instead supporting Ted Cruz. Nothing could be further from the truth and I’m demanding that Senator Cruz and his campaign repudiate these dishonest and underhanded tactics."
The incident was not the first time Cruz has come under fire for alleged campaign tactics.
South Carolina TV stations recently pulled an ad from a Cruz super PAC over legal concerns, and his victory in Iowa was marred by questionable mailers the campaign sent out, as well as a mistaken announcement that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race.
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