Cruz Operatives GOP Scheming to Blacklist Trump Staffers

Ted Cruz and his GOP establishment allies are up to some really dirty tricks. How low will they go?Apparently to the bottom of the barrel to keep the status quo. While Salon is reporting it as the GOP establishment doing the blacklisting, Amanda Carpenter was a senior staffer to Senator Ted Cruz. She was also one of the women who allegedly had an affair with him. She has endorsed him and she is reportedly the person who started the blacklisting.

Salon reports:

“The Republican establishment is running out of options. After Donald Trump’s overwhelming victory in New York, where he appears to have won nearly every possible delegate, his chances of reaching 1,237 delegates before the convention are far greater. It’s still an uphill climb for the Donald, but so long as Cruz and Kasich are battling it out for the anti-Trump vote, he’s well-positioned.

Mainstream Republicans are increasingly desperate to undercut Trump. Clearly, they can’t do it at the voting booth, and every milquetoast candidate they’ve put before Trump has crumbled. Convention plans are being floated, all of which involve parliamentary tricks designed to open up the nomination process to candidates who didn’t run for president. But that’s a risky strategy. Defying the will of the voters carries a high price, namely their indifference in November.

The latest half-baked attempt to slow Trump’s momentum is to blacklist potential staffers. Politico reported this week that advisers are being warned about the consequences of going “Trumptard,” as one GOP operative put it. “According to interviews with more than a dozen operatives, including several who oppose Trump, some who support him and the leaders of some prominent DC political shops,” Politico reports, “some of those who go to work for Trump face an implicit, and occasionally overt threat: Help Trump, and you’ll never work in this town again.”

Other highlights from the Politico article:

It may be unenforceable, but the push to stigmatize Trump’s aides, advisers and vendors is among the last remaining pieces of ammunition available to a Republican establishment that has tried just about everything else to block the billionaire from taking over of the GOP. And, critically, it has complicated Trump’s efforts in recent weeks to hire top-tier operatives, according to sources familiar with Trump’s campaign.

Already, the conservative digital firm Targeted Victory has fielded questions about its relationship with Trump’s campaign, for which it has been paid nearly $106,000 for processing online payments. And the venerable law firm Jones Day has faced internal grumbling about its work for the Trump campaign (which has paid the firm $672,000 for legal consulting). Multiple staffers at the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity turned down Trump’s entreaties, in part because they were “concerned about what that would do to their reputation in professional circles going forward,” as one staffer familiar with the entreaties explained.

Zac Moffatt, co-founder of Targeted Victory and a former top Romney digital operative, told POLITICO, “We do not currently have a campaign strategy relationship with the Trump campaign.” The firm works far more extensively with Cruz, who has paid the company nearly $3.5 million.

Hat Tip; The Gateway Pundit