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Fort Worth Republican group’s logo hijacked to falsely support Democrat Beto O’Rourke

This is the post made by a group using the Fort Worth Republican Women’s logo on Facebook. They say this is not authorized.
This is the post made by a group using the Fort Worth Republican Women’s logo on Facebook. They say this is not authorized.

Leaders of a Republican women’s group say their logo has been hijacked to create a phony Republican Facebook group supporting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

Now the group — the Fort Worth Republican Women — is speaking out, letting people know there was a Facebook page with their logo delivering a false message.

“There’s certainly a lot of confusion,” said Brooke Allen, president of the club. “We did not authorize them to use our logo.

“We did not endorse Beto,” she said. “We are 100 percent behind Ted Cruz.”

Jamie Laubach, a TCU student, said she created the Fort Worth Republican Young Women group as a Facebook discussion page. She removed the other Republican club’s logo Wednesday afternoon, she said in an online message.

“I didn’t realize I wasn’t allowed to be a Republican and a Beto voter,” she said.

This comes less than a week before the Nov. 6 election.

Early voting runs through Friday.

Allen said she began getting phone calls about the social media situation about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

She found that the Palo Pinto Democratic Party shared a post allegedly from the Young Women’s Facebook page, which used their logo, that said: “Fort Worth Republican Young Women ENDORSE Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate!!!”

The page listed an address of 2800 S. University Dr. in Fort Worth.

It states that this group is for “the younger future Republican women leaders of Fort Worth!” And it notes that “there is another group of older women who use a similar name.”

In addition to supporting O’Rourke, the page shares photos of yard signs that state: “Republicans for BETO, U.S. Senate.”

“I’m shocked that someone would do this,” Allen said.

So the Fort Worth Republican Women’s group put out messages on Facebook and Twitter to clarify that members support Cruz.

And they plan to send out a note to members and to Tarrant County Republicans.

“We also called our contacts with Ted Cruz to let them know this is fake news,” Allen said.

On their own post, they note the group “is NOT AUTHORIZED to use our logo. We do not support Dems. Is this how low the Dems are willing to go?”

Staff writers Deanna Boyd and Bud Kennedy contributed to this report.
Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

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