One of the negative raps on Sen. Ted Cruz is that he is a little “crazy” – a little too hot-headed, etc. RTP does not agree. The crew here loves Ted Cruz, if for no other reason his astonishing command of the U.S. Constitution. That, and he made Diane Feinstein cry.
But his campaign staff did the good Senator no favors when they settled (and we do mean, “settled”) for Kevin Kookogey as the Cruz chairman in Tennessee.
If they had done just a modicum of advance work, they would have discovered that Kookogey possesses little real political experience but does possess the negative characteristics that critics are trying to unfairly apply to the Senator: nutty, hot-headed, crazy, grandstanding, etc.
And now “The Kook” has taken it a step further. He recently began a series of emails to GOP political types around the state, highlighting what he believes to be some sort of ideological deficiency in Gov. Scott Walker. Walker, who is consistently one of the top 2 candidates in the polls, appears to have made an impression (or is it an obsession?) with Kookogey, to the point that now Kookogey has been caught distributing stuff that turns out not to be true.
A few days ago, Kookogey excitedly mass-emailed a link (See below–hat tip to one of our Knoxville tipsters) to an article implying that Walker was somehow soft on immigration. The article cited a New York Times story (Really? The New York Times?) about a Heritage Foundation employee who claimed he had a personal phone conversation with Walker in which Walker stated he was not a “nativist” on immigration.
We-e-e-l-l-l, it turns out there was not any statement of the sort by Walker and that the conversation with the Heritage employee and Walker never even happened. When confronted, the employee had to publicly take it all back. Kookogey, in his mad rush to circulate anything negative on Cruz opponents was left with serious egg on his face.
Apparently, The Kook will believe anything as long as it smears one of his candidate’s opponents, especially if it comes from that bastion of unbiased, fair, pro-Republican reporting called the New York Times.
[Tip to Kookogey: We hear Marco Rubio is the love child born of an illicit affair between Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee. Feel free to use that in your next email blast.]
Ted Cruz deserves better than Kevin Kookogey. And so does Tennessee.
Subject: Walker on immigration: “I’m not going nativist”