Dirty tricks in negative campaigning reached a new low in the days before a Texas special election.
A robocall to Texas voters said Texas Republican congressional candidate Susan Wright “murdered her husband” by purposefully giving him the coronavirus in order to cash in on a life insurance policy and is “running for Congress to cover it up,” Politico reported. The source of the call is unknown, with nothing in the message identifying who paid for it, in an apparent violation of federal law.
Wright is running for the 6th Congressional District seat after her husband, second-term Rep. Ron Wright, who was 67 and battling cancer, died on Feb. 7. The special election to fill his seat is on Saturday, and Wright has received endorsements from former President Donald Trump and the fiscally conservative Club for Growth.
Her campaign reported the call to the FBI and the Department of Justice on Friday, the eve of