Sleazy tactic uncalled for

Desperate times can call for desperate measures and it seems incumbent U.S. Senator Ted Cruz might be getting awfully needy these days.

At least that’s the feeling in many circles this week after news broke of Cruz’ recent, and controversial, campaign fundraising mailers.

Those mailers, encased in a manila colored envelope, look darn near close to a legal summons. In fact, the mailers have the words “SUMMONS ENCLOSED-OPEN IMMEDIATELY” emblazoned on the front.

According to reports, such tactics are common and not necessarily illegal. Those in the Cruz camp maintain the mailers identify their purpose, and that it’s part of his campaign.

But imagine the frustration, and the fear, that could circulate in the mind of thousands of residents who receive such trash. What’s worse is the idea that the targeted audience is the older generation, who might be more susceptible to Cruz’s petty grifting scheme. These are the people most commonly the victims of mail and phone scams, and are more than likely living on fixed incomes.

All of this done in the name of getting more money for a race that’s suddenly more up-in-the-air than most people thought.

Shame on Cruz. Shame on his campaign. And shame on his sycophants who are okay with this.

Cruz’ move should be interpreted more as a desperate ploy than anything else. You have to think that Cruz is realizing U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke, his opponent this November, is slowly riding a wave of momentum that is closing the nine-point separation between the two.

Look no further than a slew of attack ads, one that claims O’Rourke is “too reckless for Texas.”

You just have to look at Cruz’ past to realize the man is too reckless for Texans to trust.

What recklessness? Cruz falsely blamed undocumented residents for the death of an ICE agent earlier this year. In truth, it was an accident that killed the agent.

It’s also coming from Cruz, whose own party regularly doesn’t align with him and, at times, doesn’t support his proposed policies. His own President even cast shadow on Cruz and his abilities, insulting him during the course of the 2016 election.

Roughly two years later and Cruz is guffawing at the Commander-in-Chief’s claim of support of his reelection campaign. That dog collar must be comfortable.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised Cruz has resorted to such a sleazy tactic. Maybe that’s something we should have seen coming.

Should we as Texans continue to have to deal with that?

No. We shouldn’t. We expect better.

Unfortunately, it seems this is the new battleground politics will be fought.

If that’s the case, we all lose. No matter if we’re red or blue.

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