It seems there’s no shortage of scandals surrounding the candidates slugging it out for the White House. The most recent allegation comes to you courtesy of the National Enquirer – and it’s quite a doozie.
This involves Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, Lee Harvey Oswald and Fidel Castro.
Here’s the incredible report from the Conservative Tribune:
“The Enquirer published a 1963 photo of Oswald distributing pro-Castro leaflets in New Orleans and alleged that one of the men with him in the photo is Rafael Cruz. The photo is one of several released by the U.S. government during an investigation into John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.
“Oddly enough it would not be the first link between the elder Cruz and the communist dictator. The Texas senator admitted last year his father tried to join Castro’s guerilla army in the 1950s. However, he couldn’t reach Castro and moved to Texas, where he later renounced Castro. No other links between Cruz and Oswald have been established.
“The Enquirer claimed photo experts compared images of Rafael Cruz from the same time and suggested that the similarity between the two men is uncanny. The Miami Herald published those photographs. The man in the left photograph was never identified by the FBI; the man on the right is Rafael Cruz marching at a pro-Castro march.
“Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos, told the Enquirer there was more ‘similarity than dissimilarity’ between the two men and that they looked to be the same person.”
Predictably, the Cruz campaign brushed off these allegations. Alice Stewart, communications director for the Cruz campaign, denied any connection between Cruz and Castro. She said:
“This is another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage. The story is false; that is not Rafael in the picture.”
While the National Enquirer isn’t the most highly regarded print publication, it has a good track record of accurately reporting political scandals. One example is John Edwards affair and child born out of wedlock; another is then-presidential candidate Gary Hart’s affair with actress Donna Rice back in the late 1980s.
And while the Enquirer’s story about Ted Cruz’s alleged extramarital affairs hasn’t totally panned out, it hasn’t been totally discounted either. If this story were totally false, Cruz could have sued the Enquirer into bankruptcy, fully funded his presidential campaign and be financially set for life. While Cruz has publicly called the story “garbage,” he hasn’t filed a libel suit against the Enquirer.
These latest allegations via the Enquirer make us wonder whether Ted Cruz is really the “Tea Party outsider” he claimed to be in his 2012 campaign for the US Senate.
Does this story affect your opinion of Ted Cruz and whether you’ll support him if he’s the Republican nominee for president?
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