“MADAM’S BLACK BOOK” REFERENCED ONLINE
by Sharon Rondeau
Two weeks ago, the ENQUIRER published a story alleging that Cruz has been unfaithful to his wife, Heidi, with five women whose faces were pixelated and whose names were not revealed.
Cruz has denied the claims when confronted but does not appear to have filed a defamation lawsuit against the publication, which has been sued before. However, the NE accurately reported that former presidential candidate John Edwards was unfaithful to his wife, Elizabeth, with a young woman with whom he fathered a child and that 1988 presidential candidate Gary Hart was involved with a woman not his wife.
Thus far, it does not appear that any of the five women speculated to have been involved with Cruz have filed a lawsuit.
On page 14 of the April 11 edition is an article titled “Cruises Wife Explodes Over Cheating Claims!” with the subtitle, “Heidi wants answers from Ted as ENQUIRER story rocks the world” relating to the cover caption.
The second paragraph of the article reads, “In a blockbuster story in our previous issue, The National ENQUIRER reported rumors were swirling that conservative Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 45, may have enjoyed the company of at least five mistresses!” A photo of the cover in which the first article appeared is reprinted at the center-bottom of the page as an inset along with the article, which spanned two pages in the March 23 edition of the ENQUIRER.
The April 11 story continues, “While the heart-tempered Canadian-born father of two denied any sexual shenanigans, a family pal told The ENQUIRER that the candidate’s wife, Heidi, 43, has privately confronted Ted about the salacious rumors.”
Last week, Heidi Cruz was scheduled to appear at several campaign events in New Jersey but canceled them, stating that she would visit the Garden State at a later time.
A third and possibly as-yet unavailable ENQUIRER story appears on the electronic version of a different issue about which rumors had swirled on the Internet on Monday and Tuesday: that Cruz patronized the services of the “DC Madam,” whose remaining phone records have been barred from release by a judge in Washington, DC since May 2007.
“Ted Cruz Named in Madam’s Black Book!” reads the online headline at the top of the cover of that issue. The photo at the right of the article title is of former DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who operated the reportedly highly-priced escort service for nearly a decade and whose clients included high-ranking military members, a State Department official, and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, among others.
The March 23 story is also featured at NE’s website approximately halfway down the page as it appears on Wednesday.
The Daily Wire, edited by Ben Shapiro, reported that Christians have gravitated to Cruz because of his “genuine belief in the power of prayer and his pastoral inclinations.”
Editor’s Note: The Post & Email strives to publish news of high quality and in-depth research rather than the all-too-common tabloid headlines found both in print and online. We are following the National ENQUIRER’s reportage of Cruz as it may speak to his character, honesty, and potential for blackmail if he were to be elected the nation’s next chief executive. Given that Cruz held Canadian citizenship for most of his life, including after having been elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas, and the fact that he has refused to release any documentation on his claimed status as a United States citizen from birth, The Post & Email has questions about whether or not he has been completely “transparent” with the American people.