Not the act of a winning campaign:Check out this crazyiness. @tedcruz needs to label his campaign mail a “summons,” as if it is a court order.— Nicholas Constantine (@nickeconomidis) September 16, 2018
Lyin’ Ted. He can’t even be honest with conservatives on his mailing list.#BetoForTexas #BetoforTexas #Beto #BetoforTX #BlueWave pic.twitter.com/R0U2pM2im1
The fund-raising appeal comes in an envelope with the words “SUMMONS ENCLOSED — OPEN IMMEDIATELY” written across it in large capital letters. In the upper left-hand corner are three lines of text: “Official Travis County Summons, Voter Enrollment Campaign Division, Ted Cruz for Senate 2018.”
And the return address? It says the “official summons” has come from Senator Ted Cruz.
The letter inside the envelope is more clearly part of a fund-raising effort. The Cruz campaign logo appears at the top of the letter and recipients are given the option to donate a preselected amount of money or to write in their own denominations.
You also gotta wonder: what part of government does Cruz want to do away with, and what part does he want to exploit to scare people into opening envelopes?
The NYT notes the FEC doesn't think this violates their rules. But the author of a provision in the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act says it does violate Texas law:
Hello.— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) September 16, 2018
This is violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA).
I know, because I passed this law in 2015.
See below: https://t.co/9oga4Gq8Zy
This is the very type of solicitation the law was intended to ban.— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) September 16, 2018
Ones that pretend to be from a government agency.
Confusing people & lowering trust.
Which doesn't mean Cruz is going to jail, or is even going to be sued for the civil penalty. But it doesn't make his campaign look any better.
Sadly, this is supposed to be funny:
Wotta campaigner this guy is..@peta protested our town hall yesterday, handing out barbecued tofu. We were glad to welcome them, but it illustrates the stakes af the election: if Beto wins, BBQ will be illegal! 😂😂😂 https://t.co/L1ILod6EST— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 16, 2018