After GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) faced some heat for the controversial "voting violation" mailers his campaign sent to Iowans ahead of Monday's caucuses, fellow presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) released a "violation" of his own.
"You are receiving this voting violation for missing too many votes in the United States Senate in 2015," a meme posted to Paul's Facebook page reads. "The scores below are public to all Iowan voters."
On the photo, Cruz received a score of 76.4 percent, a C-, compared to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio who received a 64.6 percent, a D-. Paul received 94.1 percent, according to the photo, an A.
"Hmmm... Looks like Ted Cruz may have received a voting violation as well," Paul tweeted said.
"[Iowa caucus voters] should look for a candidate that is showing up for their job. We elected Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio to reduce the size of government. And Rand Paul is the only one showing up to vote in order to reduce the size of government, while Cruz and Rubio are campaigning," Tim Bertram, an account executive at Harris Media, the company that handles Paul's digital presence, told TheBlaze Monday.
The photo mimics mailers that Cruz's campaign sent some Iowans ahead of Monday's caucuses that gave failing grades to voters and included the grades of the recipients' neighbors.
"You are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area," a copy of one mailer that was provided to TheBlaze said. "Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. Caucus on Monday to improve your score and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well."
Cruz's campaign did confirm to TheBlaze it was responsible for the mailers.
"I get that we’re in a critical time for politicians’ time in Iowa. I just felt like it’s such a weird way to get voters to caucus for them," Ted Hinkeldey, who received one of the mailers, told TheBlaze. "I haven’t donated [money to campaigns]; I haven’t done much. I do plan to caucus for Marco because Ted encouraged me to."
Paul D. Pate, Iowa’s secretary of state, said Saturday that the mailer "misrepresents Iowa election law."