Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has asked for the resignation of his communications director, Rick Tyler.
Tyler came under intense criticism after posting a story on his personal social media that had a video of Marco Rubio in an encounter with a Cruz staffer and Rafael Cruz, Ted’s dad. The video, posted by the Daily Pennsylvanian, apparently misrepresented what Marco Rubio said with the newspaper claiming that Rubio had insulted the Bible.
Though Tyler apologized, even doing so Monday morning on FOX News, it obviously was not enough to save his role within the campaign.
— Rick Tyler (@rickwtyler) February 22, 2016
The news about Rick Tyler being asked to resign was confirmed by reporters who are covering the Cruz campaign in Las Vegas.
Ted Cruz tells reporters in Vegas he asked for @rickwtyler's resignation this morning.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 22, 2016
— Alexis Levinson (@alexis_levinson) February 22, 2016
While speaking to reporters in Las Vegas, Cruz said that he spent some time researching what happened this morning prior to asking for Tyler’s resignation. He then made the following statement to them.
“Rick Tyler’s a good man. This was a grave error of judgment. It turned out the news story he sent around was false, but I’ll tell you, even if it was true, we are not a campaign that is going to question the faith of another candidate. Even if it was true, our campaign should not have sent it. That’s why I’ve asked for Rick Tyler’s resignation. Because the standards of conduct for this campaign have been made clear for every member of the campaign.”
h/t The Right Scoop