Texas Republican congressional candidate Susan Wright’s campaign has been in contact with federal law enforcement after a robocall falsely accused her of killing her husband, late-Rep. Ron Wright.
News of the robocall emerged just one day before the crowded special election to fill the seat of her late husband, who died in February after contracting coronavirus.
Wright slammed the attacks, stating that it is “illegal, immoral, and wrong.”
“There’s not a sewer too deep that some politicians won’t plumb. Imagine it: someone is attacking my late husband, the love of my life, a man who gave me such joy in life. I will not let darkness rule. I live by the light of Christ and his truth will sustain me – as it sustained me when I lost my husband,” she said in a statement to CBS.
The robocall involves a woman falsely stating, “Susan Wright murdered her husband. She’s now running for Congress to cover it up,” and citing “confidential sources” alleging that she took out a “$1 million, life insurance policy on the life of her husband, the late Congressman alone writes, six months before his death.”
Republican strategist Matt Langston of Big Dog Strategies confirmed on Twitter that the campaign is cooperating with law enforcement over the matter.
“Absolutely disgusted by this voicemail – easily the most despicable smear I’ve seen in all my years of politics. “Why do @SusanWrightTX6 opponents lie and cheat? We’re cooperating with law enforcement and someone go to jail over this. #TX06,” he tweeted.
Wright is the frontrunner in the race, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats seeking to represent Texas’ 6th Congressional District.
She recently received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.