[Ed. – 99% of what you hear about “dirty tricks” by the Cruz campaign is rampant nonsense. But this appears to be a genuine case of a Cruz staffer basically lying about what Rubio said. Sounds like Cruz did the right thing here.]
Ted Cruz said on Monday that he had asked for the resignation of national spokesman Rick Tyler on Monday, citing a “grave error of judgment.”
Cruz said his decision stemmed from a social media posting from Tyler on Sunday publicizing a blog that misstated Marco Rubio’s remarks to a Cruz staffer in South Carolina.
The posting, from the Daily Pennsylvanian, which also posted a video, recounts how Rubio ran into Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, and a staffer in South Carolina on Saturday at a Hampton Inn. The news outlet reported that Rubio decided to “have some fun” with the staffer, who was reading the Bible, and suggested that the Bible did “[n]ot have many answers in it.”
Tyler posted the story on Facebook but later deleted it and apologized after a Cruz staffer said Rubio didn’t make any such comment.
But Cruz decided greater action was needed.