Ted Cruz campaign ad: Amy Lindsay’s past brings drama to GOP race
Ted Cruz and Amy Lindsay are trending on social media, and the politician is not very happy about the association. Who is Lindsay? Why doesn’t Cruz want to be linked to her?
Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, the U.S. Senator from Texas running for president, has removed one of his most recent ads because it featured Amy Lindsay, a former softcore pornographic actress, who describes herself as a Christian conservative and a Republican.
The Cruz campaign claims that it was not aware of Lindsay’s past and acted quickly as soon the information was put out by Buzzfeed News. Rick Tyler, a spokesman for Cruz, told the website:
“The actress responded to an open casting call. She passed her audition and got the job. Unfortunately, she was not vetted by the production company. Had the campaign known of her full filmography, we obviously would not have let her appear in the ad.”
Lindsay, who has never done hardcore porn and also worked on more traditional projects, was happy to appear in an ad for Cruz because he and Donald J. Trump are the two candidates that she was considering voting for this year. Moreover, she thought someone like her could put forward a different image of the Republican Party. The Ohio native with a degree in journalism shared:
“In a cool way, then hey, then it’s not just some old, white Christian bigot that people want to say, ‘It could be, maybe, a cool kind of open-minded woman like me.’”
Lindsay, who initially said that the campaign knew about her entire filmography, came out later with a different statement. She added:
“I have clearly talked to the filmmakers and stuff and just to be clear, I assumed that they knew, but none of the filmmakers or the casting director knew about my complete filmography in the past that you’re talking about, so I was wrong in that statement.”
The producer and self-proclaimed eternal optimist was disappointed to find out Thursday night that the winner of the Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus had opted to pull the ad. She took to Twitter to voice her displeasure on the matter, and here is what she said.
— Amy Lindsay (@amylindsayLA) February 12, 2016
It seems that Cruz just lost one vote, and Trump might have just picked up a new supporter.
What are your thoughts on the controversy surrounding Cruz’s “Conservatives Anonymous” ad?