The Cruz campaign released today a list of Donald Trumpâ€™s campaign contributions to Democrats. If you read through it you may conclude, as I have, that Trump really is a Democrat, or a RINO at best. Ideologically Trump is somewhere between Eric Cantor and 3rd District Congressman Bobby Scott.
And even you Trump supporters have to admit this kind of thing is unusual. Â In fact Iâ€™d say there is no parallel where someone is running as a Republican and we find out that he gave over 100K to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
However, on the state level I can think of one case fairly similar. In 1992, a Republican businessman named Earle Williams was running for Governor of Virginia. He gave several thousand dollars to various Virginia Democrats.
Now, in that race I was backing George Allen and I remember that the donation flap dogged Williams. He was asked numerous times to explain why he gave to Democrat state senators like Hunter Andrews and Emily Miller. I must say, I had some sympathy for Williams on this issue. Â You see, as treasurer of the George Mason College Republicans, I knew Williams had contributed generously to our club, too!
I was at a town hall meeting in Fairfax and he was asked why he gave money to liberal Democrats and his answer kind of surprised me.
He didnâ€™t take the “I had to give to both sides because I am a businessman” line. Simply put, he pleaded ignorance. Williams said he had no idea that they had such liberal voting records until after he gave the money.
I think it is plausible. After all, most Virginians canâ€™t name their state senator let alone tell you how they vote.
Can Trump say he didnâ€™t know Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were liberals? I doubt it.