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Talking Points Memo flags cancelled Justin Harris appearance at Ted Cruz event

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Talking Points Memo highlights
Benji Hardy’s reporting on a “courage award” originally scheduled to be given to Rep. Justin Harris last night at a Ft. Smith event also featuring a speech by Sen. Ted Cruz. Harris remains politically toxic:

An Arkansas lawmaker who made headlines earlier this year when it came to light that he sent his adopted daughters to live with a man who allegedly raped one of them was supposed to receive a "courage" award Wednesday at a dinner headlined by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

But at the last minute, the local Republican Party chapter hosting the dinner asked that an outside group not present the award to state Rep. Justin Harris (R) at their event.

I’ve heard from a few Arkansas GOPs in the know that the Cruz camp had a hand in nixing the Harris appearance. If I know Harris, there is a 100 percent chance that he would have taken a picture with Cruz and posted it on social media. Team Cruz was wise to keep their distance if they want to avoid questions like those from KARK’s Drew Petrimoulx (see video above). 

“I wonder how much you know about his background, and are we to take your speaking at that event as an endorsement of his time as a legislator?" Petrimoulx asked.

Cruz dodged: "I recognize that you want to get me involved in local legislative matters here. I can tell you what my focus is. My focus is on the challenges facing this country."

This is how Talking Point News tweeted out their story. Ouch.


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