UPDATE: Conrad Close finally addressed the tweet, said it wasn’t based on anything except what he saw on Twitter:
So really there’s no evidence that the Rubio campaign was pushing this story at this point. Just an internet rumor that I’m getting blasted for posting.
Ah well, can’t win them all.
According to a tweet that is spreading far and wide, first reported by Politistick, the Rubio campaign was pushing the story ‘hard’ that Carson was dropping out of the race too.
The tweet is by a guy named Conrad Close who seems to be an avid Rubio supporter based on his tweets, and says he is a “Conservative journalist and comms guy fighting to make a difference for God and Country. Managing Editor, OUTSET. Occasionally tries to save the world.” on his Twitter profile.
Here’s his tweet:
But lo and behold he deleted it. Some journalist he is. And he hasn’t addressed the deletion on his Twitter page yet. He has just tweeted, however, to say he’s just a blogger and doesn’t work for the Rubio campaign:
Take it for what it’s worth. There are plenty of people who thought that Carson was dropping out, not just Steve King, due to the CNN report on that day that originated from the Carson campaign. It wouldn’t surprise me if Rubio’s people thought the same thing.
I should point this out:
Something else interesting to point out is that when the Carson campaign first refuted the rumor, they didn’t blame Cruz. They blamed the media:
According to Carson’s communication director, Larry Ross, the statement cited “false media reports,” not overly ambitious Cruz campaign workers:
Contrary to false media reports, Dr. Ben Carson is not suspending his presidential campaign, which is stronger than ever. After spending 18 consecutive days on the campaign trail, Dr. Carson needs to go home and get a fresh set of clothes. He will be departing Des Moines later tonight to avoid the snow storm and will be back on the trail Wednesday…
Trevor Loudon has a full timeline here if you want to see it.