[crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore]’s campaign refuted a video purporting to show the Texas senator passing money to a Republican delegate at a campaign event.
Cruz rapid response director Brian Phillips told The Daily Caller that the man Cruz handed the money to is Bruce Redden, a Cruz campaign staffer, and that the money came from a supporter.
The video surfaced on Reddit Friday morning, and claimed to catch Cruz trying to conceal “cash under a flyer” while handing it to a man standing with his face off-screen.
“Cruz has the money, fails to slip it,” the video text reads, before showing Cruz pass what appears to be a currency note to the man. The video, created by YouTube user Neil Turner, claims the man is a delegate, but does not give his name or say when or where the video was shot.
“The ‘delegate’ is Bruce Redden, a Cruz staffer, collecting things that people hand Ted Cruz as he shakes hands, signs books, and takes pictures after every event,” Phillips told TheDC. “The money is a $5 donation that a supporter gave to their small child to hand to the senator, along with a picture the child drew.”
“It was actually a great moment and indicative of the kind of amazing support we have from the grassroots,” he said.