Presidential candidates are spicing up tactics to capture people’s attention, but a recent ad from Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign got a little too
The campaign’s ads have infused pop-culture references and jokes in between messages attacking the competition:
However, appearing at the ultra-conservative Bob Jones University in South Carolina, Cruz was asked about a former erotic-film actress who appeared in one
of his ads. Cruz told reporters that his campaign had pulled the ads on Friday after learning about actress Amy Lindsay’s previous credits.
“It happened that one of the actresses had a more colorful film history than we were aware,” Cruz said.
He later added, “She came and auditioned, and we did not realize her film history. When we did, we decided that prudence dictated pulling the ads.”
The ad takes place in a fictitious therapy session called “Conservatives Anonymous,” in which a Marco Rubio supporter joins.
"Maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time," Lindsay tells the group at one point during the spot:
Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler put the blame squarely on the production company and told Buzzfeed that the ad would be replaced with a new one. The “Conservatives Anonymous” website is still live, though the video has been pulled from
“The actress responded to an open casting call,” Tyler told Buzzfeed. “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.”
The campaign’s gaffe was pilloried on “Saturday Night Live.”
Lindsay—who told Buzzfeed that she’s a Republican and Christian conservative—took to social media to voice her displeasure in the commercial’s
Lindsay then appeared on CNN’s “The Lead” and told Jake Trapper she “has no ill will towards Ted Cruz right now.” She said she understood why the campaign
pulled the ad but insisted she was just doing her job.
“He’s got a job to do, and I’m a middle-class working girl and I had a job to do,” Lindsay said. She said Cruz has not yet lost her vote: