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I said I would post things on ANY candidate that I didn't like, sooooo, here it is!
I don't know WHO'S idea inside the campaign it was to do this! I didn't like this at all and it upset me immensely! He did not need to do this kind of thing. I still support him at this point, but, if I got one of these in the mail it would hack me off! This is the kind of thing I do not like to see and frankly, Ted did not need to do this!
Ted Hinkeldey is quick to admit that he has been a little detached from the presidential campaigns that have descended on his home state of Iowa.
However, despite his lack of active engagement in the election, he did not expect to receive a mailer marked with “voting violation” from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign.
“You are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area,” the mailer said. “Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. Caucus on Monday to improve your score and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well.”
In an interview with TheBlaze Saturday, Hinkeldey, 29, said the mailer worked — but not in Cruz’s favor.
“I probably was not going to go caucus. I never was going to be a Ted Cruz supporter,” Hinkeldey said, adding that he’s followed Marco Rubio “a little bit here and there” and will caucus for the Florida senator on Monday.
On the report card-style mailer, Hinkeldey and all of his neighbors received a “F” grade. He added that his neighbors in the small town in northwest Iowa are “good people,” despite the low voter score.
“I get that we’re in a critical time for politicians’ time in Iowa. I just felt like it’s such a weird way to get voters to caucus for them,” he said. “I haven’t donated [money to campaigns]; I haven’t done much. I do plan to caucus for Marco because Ted encouraged me to.”
Rick Tyler, a spokesperson for Cruz’s campaign, confirmed to TheBlaze that the mailers were indeed sent out by the campaign — despite what people on social media have claimed.
Hinkeldey said ever since he first tweeted a photo of the mailer — which he has since deleted — and accused Cruz’s campaign of “pubic shaming,” hoards of people on social media have asserted that he doctored the image or he isn’t a real person. Hinkeldey denies all of those accusations.
According to Real Clear Politics’ aggregated polling data, business mogul Donald Trump has a slim lead over Cruz in Iowa. Trump is polling at 31.4 percent, and Cruz is polling at 24.8 percent.
UPDATE 6:16 p.m. ET: Paul D. Pate, Iowa’s secretary of state, issued a statement Saturday saying that Ted Cruz’s campaign mailer “misrepresents Iowa election law.”
“Today I was shown a piece of literature from the Cruz for President campaign that misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law,” the statement read. “Accusing citizens of Iowa of a ‘voting violation’ based on Iowa Caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act. There is no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting. Any insinuation or statement to the contrary is wrong and I believe it is not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses.”
The statement continued: “Additionally, the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office never ‘grades’ voters. Nor does the Secretary of State maintain records related to Iowa Caucus participation. Caucuses are organized and directed by the state political parties, not the Secretary of State, nor local elections officials. Also, the Iowa Secretary of State does not ‘distribute’ voter records. They are available for purchase for political purposes only, under Iowa Code.”
I hadn't heard about this. Probably won't, except for here. It does not leave a favorable impression.
Apparently this is common practice. I have never seen anything like this! He really didn't need to do this, IMO!
I agree Robin. None of them need to do it, nor ought to for that matter. If they really want more people to vote, they would not have a caucus system to start with. They would also have you auto-registered when you get a driver's license or citizen ID card. Then they should make people show that ID card when they vote.
I agree, Rahth! None of them need to do this. I flat out do not like any part of that kind of thing, no matter WHO does it!
Caucuses are organized and directed by the state political parties, not the Secretary of State, nor local elections officials.'
Cruz's Iowa State chairman and the former Iowa secretary of state, Matt Schultz, responded to Pate and said that the mailers are 'common practice to increase voter turnout.'
'Our mailer was modeled after the very successful 2014 mailers that the Republican Party of Iowa distributed to motivate Republican voters to vote, and which helped elect numerous Republican candidates during that cycle,' Schultz stated, Politico reported.
I wasn't happy to hear of this as well, Robin. It was a boneheaded move by someone in the campaign and won't do much to help, and will probably hurt, Cruz.
Public shaming goes back a long way and has been used for a myriad of things since. Just yesterday, the Omaha World Herald wrote an article about the city posting online the names of businesses who hadn't paid the city's restaurant tax. The tactic worked somewhat, as about 50% of the businesses paid up in order to get their names off the list.
I believe that law enforcement has used a similar shaming method to clear up outstanding warrants. Judges have used public shaming on people who have committed petty crimes. Parents have used it to change their children's behavior.
Just because it's 'been done before' doesn't make it right. I would hope the Cruz campaign would publicly fire the person(s) responsible.
Well, lookie here! Rubio did it too! Add that to his gang of 8 amnesty! Maybe we all should just give up and vote for the PIG >>> TRUMP! At this point...."What difference does it make?"
listing the name and address of the recipient, as well as their voting history in prior caucuses, adding, “Improve your score by caucusing on Monday, February 1st.”
Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign sent select Iowa voters a mailer designed to pressure them to attend Monday’s caucuses—a tactic employed controversially by the Cruz campaign—but without sharing information on their neighbors or with official-sounding language.
The mailer, shared with TIME, is branded as an “Iowa Caucus Report Card” listing the name and address of the recipient, as well as their voting history in prior caucuses, adding, “Improve your score by caucusing on Monday, February 1st.”
The tactic is part of a political science-inspired effort to boost turnout that has gained prevalence in recent years.
Let me also add that the Sec of State in Iowa also did the same thing when he was running. I am looking for the story and will post it when I find it! He is hammering Cruz for the same thing that HE DID HIMSELF and apparently that everyone else does as well! I still DON'T like it however!
Similar fliers were also mailed out during the 2012 presidential race to encourage potential voters to vote for Barack Obama, according to the Independent-Journal Review. Those mailers were also met with similar scrutiny.
“These kind of mailers are fraught with risk,” Republican strategist Rick Wilson told the paper. “They do work, but the social pressure stuff has got to be subtle. This, on the other hand, is like a sledgehammer.”
I saw this before it became the big story it is now. I knew when I saw it that it would become a big story because almost no media, nor politicians, want Cruz to get elected. That being said, I thought it was freakin' obnoxious. It ticked me off for a number of reasons. Then I find out that the Secretary making the fuss did the same thing when he was running. Then I find out Rubio put one of these out as well, albeit with a different tone. Then I found out Obama did this in 2012. It's damn hard to find any story that puts all of this together. Most don't want to either, because most just want to attack Cruz with it, and then be done with it. Mission accomplished so to speak.
Now having said all that, it certainly does not excuse the behavior. It still irks me. Now, I have to think about it, and put it all in perspective. This is because, frankly, there is just not too many left I would want to vote for, and with politicians, it's always a matter of the lesser of two evils to some degree. We are talking about politicians after all. It is also worth noting that this whole story is interesting given the fact that it has been done so many other times. I don't think it takes a whole lot of imagination to figure out the 'why' there either.
Trump for me is out. Rand Paul I like, but look at the deal he did with McConnell. Matt Bevin lost at least partly due to this. Rand was a traitor to the cause, but it was so Rand could run for the Presidency. At least Matt Bevin is now Gov. Matt Bevin. If you think this mailer was invasive like I do, then voting for people like Rubio and anyone else who wants the robust NSA spying on everything you do doesn't make much sense. Especially given the fact that all of the others besides Paul and Cruz not only support NSA spying on Americans, but have a whole host of other issues that we are all more than aware of to accompany that view. So, for me, I am still with Cruz. However, I hope he isn't stupid enough to do this twice. Once is more than bad enough regardless of who else might also venture to do the same in the future, or has in the past. Anyways, that's my two cents.
Maybe just chalk it up to political culture in Iowa ??