Monday, April 04, 2016
Ted Cruz Sex Scandal Still Has Legs
Sen. Ted Cruz dismissed a report by the National Enquirer accusing him of having extra-marital affairs with as many as five women as tabloid garbage and blamed Donald Trump as the source of the allegations he insists are untrue. Radaronline.com is now reporting the accusations are moving into a second phase with the Enquirer prepared to launch new allegations this week accusing Cruz of being a patron of the infamous and now-deceased DC Madam.
Deborah Palfrey, the infamous DC Madam, allegedly committed suicide by hanging after she was found guilty on April 15, 2008 by a federal district court of money laundering, mail fraud and racketeering arising out of a high-priced call girl ring she operated in the nation's capital. She faced a maximum of 55 years in prison. It was claimed her list of clients included many wealthy and powerful men.
Former Eli Lilly CEO Randall Tobias was forced to resign his Bush administration job at the State Department in 2007 where he was in charge of USAID, a long-recognized CIA front organization, after he was linked to her services, although he denied doing anything illegal. Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R) was also tied to Palfrey. He confessed his sins to Louisiana voters and managed to hold on to his job, but his past transgressions appeared to play a key role in him losing a governor's race this past year.
The DC Madam scandal recently resurfaced when the attorney who represented Palfrey, Montgomery Blair Sibley, who has since been disbarred from practicing law for filing vexatious lawsuits, made a claim that he had retained records of Palfrey's business that had the potential of upending this year's presidential race. Sibley had been barred by a federal court from releasing those records under a prior order, but he has made clear recently his intentions of making those records public unless he is otherwise ordered by the federal courts not to do so. Sibley didn't identify the candidate in question, but the common assumption was that it was Cruz since the Enquirer claimed one of Cruz' affairs involved a prostitute.
Sibley filed a motion with the Supreme Court this past week after a lower court refused to hear a motion he filed to modify the original order signed in 2007. "If I do not get the right to file my request to modify the restraining order and if I do not get an expedited hearing, I’m going to publicly release those records and see what happens," Sibley wrote in his filing. "If they want to hold me in contempt of court for violating an order they will not give me a hearing on, I think they lose the right to enforce that order," By not promptly scheduling a hearing, he charged, the courts are “letting people vote blindly.”
Radaronline.com claims to have seen an advanced copy of what the Enquirer plans to report this week based on information it obtained from investigators who looked into the original allegations involving Palfrey's high-profile clients. One of those investigators, Wayne Madsen, is quoted as saying if Sibley has in his possession what he claims to have, then the only presidential candidate still in the race it could possibly implicate is Cruz. An anonymous leaker put online phone records claiming to show Cruz had called Palfrey's number; however, others who looked at those documents have pointed to discrepancies in them that call into question their authenticity. Sibley, notably, has not confirmed the authenticity of those leaked documents.
Meanwhile, Cruz went further than his initial dismissal of the Enquirer report as complete garbage. He tells Fox News' Megyn Kelly that he has never been unfaithful to his wife. "It's completely made-up nonsense. It's simply not true. I have always been faithful to my wife. I love my wife. She's my best friend in the world. This is the kind of garbage the Trump campaign engages in. You know why? Because they can't debate substance,” Cruz said.
It looks like Indiana will actually have some say in the party's nominee this year, although it's not saying much given the choices Republican voters will have. Cruz is a total phony, in addition to being a very unlikable person who is ineligible for the presidency as a natural born Canadian. I've looked at his tax returns he put online. Someone will have to explain to me what Heidi Cruz's qualifications were to be hired as an investment manager at Goldman Sachs in Austin, Texas, where she was pulling down about a $1 million a year for many years until Cruz launched his presidential campaign while her husband worked much of that time in a much lower-paid job in the Texas Attorney General's office before he joined a Houston law firm. Outsiders don't get that kind of money showered on their personal household by Goldman Sachs. Cruz was able to borrow substantial money from Goldman Sachs to finance his upset Senate campaign in 2012. That's enough to disqualify him as far as I'm concerned.
Donald Trump, while he did a great job early on in his campaign hitting on the key points that have caused many of us to lose confidence in our Washington leaders, has taken his street-fighting ways, which I think is a strength recent Republican presidential candidates have lacked, to unacceptable lows. Frankly, I don't have to be reminded every time he speaks what a successful businessman he is, but he can't stop saying it over and over ad nauseam. I was raised by a father who said it's bad form to brag about your wealth and success to others, and it's a lesson Trump's father must not have taught him. I wish he had the compassion and personality of any of his children, all of whom appear to be exemplars in all respects. I'm not sure where they got their good manners. They certainly didn't get them from their boorish father.
I noticed Cruz shook his head from side to side when he denied infidelity. That's a sign of deception.