Elections

Sheriff catches flak for posts of Ted Cruz rally in Arlington

Two social media posts that made brief appearances on the Tarrant County Sheriff Office’s Facebook and Twitter pages were designed to encourage people to vote, not who to vote for, according to an official with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the posts shows Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and others gathered near a red, white and blue sign that reads ”Ted Cruz Tough as Texas.”

Another picture posted says that Sheriff Waybourn “stopped by Ted Cruz’s event today in Arlington alongside some other familiar Tarrant County faces.”

“The posts were removed in less than an hour because people complained,” said David McClelland, sheriff’s office chief of staff.

The Facebook page that hosted the posts are a subpage of Waybourn’s campaign website, McClelland said. The posts appear to come from an official Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Both the Facebook and Twitter pages include verification checkmarks.

“We went to the rally to encourage people to vote,” McClelland said.

Cruz, a U.S. senator representing Texas, held the get-out-the-vote rally where the pictures were taken at the Arlington Music Hall Thursday, less than two weeks before his crucial midterm re-election bid against challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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