GOP Vanity Candidate Claims He was Offered Second Place in CPAC Straw Poll in Return for Bribe

Source: Real Clear Politics

“Vivek Ramaswamy wants to do something normal politicians work to avoid. A successful biotech entrepreneur turned ‘anti-woke’ reformer, the Republican author and activist is running for president while actively trying to break the fourth wall of American campaign politics. Candidates don’t generally talk trash about the cadre of operatives and politicos who manipulate the political landscape behind the scenes. But Ramaswamy says his campaign received a call the day after he announced, and the consultant on the other end of the phone offered a prize that would intrigue any upstart presidential candidate: second place in the CPAC straw poll. ‘I was shocked,’ Ramaswamy first said during a Fox Business appearance, before he and his campaign laid out more of the details in an interview with RealClearPolitics.” (03/07/23)