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Posters of Ted Cruz, bare chested, tatooed, smoking cigarette in Beverly Hills

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz
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A March 14, 2014 story in Breitbart’s Big Government notes that some strange posters of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas are appearing in Beverly Hills that reads “Beverly Hilton. TED CRUZ'S SO - CAL BLACKLISTED & LOVING IT TOUR, March 15.” The poster depicts Cruz bare chested, covered with tattoos, and with a cigarette dangling from his mouth.

“Although the location of the poster says the Hilton, Senator Cruz is expected to be the keynote speaker at the Claremont Institute's annual Winton Churchill dinner on Saturday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

“The black-and-white images have appeared in front of popular L.A. clubs: the Viper Room, the Seventh Veil, Whiskey-a-Go-Go, as well as on car windshields and utility poles among other places.”

The appearance of the posters caused Cruz to make a wry comment on twitter.

“Saw this, but noticed an error. So I wanted to make one thing clear: I don't smoke cigarettes.”

No denial, it should be noted, of having body ink.