Ted Cruz ally: Rand Paul's supporters raising questions in Iowa about Cruz’s eligibility

“They’re scared and they now keep bringing up the eligibility issue,” Jamie Johnson told the Washington Examiner. Johnson was coalitions director for Rick Santorum’s campaign during the 2012 Iowa caucuses, but he hopes Cruz wins the Republican nomination in 2016. “They are hitting the eligibility issue hard,” Johnson said. “They’re using third-party sources, though; they don’t want it tracked back to Campaign for Liberty [an organization that grew out of Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential bid].”…

Johnson, who serves on the Iowa Republican Party State Central Committee, didn’t provide direct evidence that the whisper campaign is underway, but invoked his interaction with Paul’s supporters in the Iowa GOP. ”How do I know? because I talk with them,” he said. “I look at their Facebook posts and their Twitter [feeds].”

Neither Iowa Republican National Committeewoman Tamara Scott nor former Iowa Republican Party Political director Craig Robinson has heard about Campaign for Liberty pushing the eligibility question — “You’re kind of looking to create a rivalry that’s not there right now,” Scott replied when the Washington Examiner asked about the issue…

Jeff Shipley, a legislative director for Campaign for Liberty who also serves with Johnson on the State Central Committee, agrees that the topic could be an impediment, though not a major one.