IOWA: Ted Cruz Hires Anti-Gay Nutters Behind National Billboard Campaign

The Guardian reports:

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has chosen a couple who are aiming to put up 1,000 billboards attacking same-sex marriage to be part of his Iowa leadership team. Betty and Richard Odgaard, who lost a civil case in January after refusing to allow a gay couple to marry at their restaurant, have already erected one anti-gay marriage billboard in Oklahoma. They were added to Cruz’s Iowa team on Tuesday. Announcing their appointment, the Cruz campaign described the Odgaards as “courageous conservatives” who will form part of “a strong leadership team to win the Iowa caucuses”. Rick Tyler, a spokesman for Cruz, said the campaign was aware of the couple’s campaign. “The Odgaards signed on with Ted Cruz and they’re supporters of ours, and when the senator heard their story and visited their property he was moved by it,” Tyler said. “So we’re well aware of their situation and their plight.”

Only one of the promised 1000 billboards has been posted.

  • popebuck1

    Can the horrific reality of Christian persecution in America get any more clear? They expressed their religious beliefs, and now they find themselves shackled to a madman!

    • Sk3ptic

      Oh, the plight! THE PLIGHT!!

      • StraightGrandmother

        Yeah I noticed that description also, “Plight”
        What their “plight” is is that once word got out how discriminatory they were they lost their customer base. Nobody wants to get married in a place of hate.

        Suck it Haters, Love Wins, Hate Looses.

      • Strepsi

        The plight of being law-breakers?

    • JT
      • Christopher

    • Oh dear.

    • Craig S

      I hear Weiderpass and Reisner are handling the NYC signage.

    • David Walker

      Someone should tell her that she’d take a better picture if she put her teeth in.

      • Christopher

        It’s really just the stick up her butt.

      • 2karmanot

        You are sooooo bad! 🙂

        • Michael Rush

          please write these people and tell them what you think of Betty and Richard Odgaard , their billboards , and their association with Ted Cruz .

          [email protected]

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Will do

        • David Walker

          Thank you.

  • Jan Wesselius

    Got to give it to Cruz, he knows how to lose Maybe if he could steal Palin away from Trump, he would e complete.

  • PeterC

    Cruz simply is “insane”.;

    • Sk3ptic

      I think he’s actually just sinister.

      • DaddyRay

        I think in Cruz’s case he is both

      • Strepsi

        He looks like an effigy of Joseph McCarthy made out of votive candle-wax and snot.

        • Justin

          That was vivid. . . and spot-on.

        • Chucktech

          LOL, Strepsi!

        • Christopher


        • 2karmanot

          That works

      • Stev84

        Look at his father. You can’t be raised by him and not come away with brain damage

  • Lakeview Bob

    Wow! The first three comments echoed exactly what I was going to say. This man is even more out of control than Trump.

  • delk

    Soon to be loser hires proven losers.

    • bkmn

      Cruz is pretty much a loser already. Almost everyone in his own party hates him because they don’t trust him.

  • Richard Rush

    If their god needs help, then he’s not a real god.

    • MarkOH

      My first thought. If your god needs help from us, they are hardly omnipotent.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        But it’s a test….
        Or a a punishment…
        or an award….

        They always have an answer.

        • MarkOH

          LOL, very true. Funny how they never seem to realize that the fact that marriage for same sex couples is now legal MIGHT be what God was planning on all along.

          • vorpal

            Given that they created god in their image, if he doesn’t do precisely what they want, then he is in desperate need of help. Or existence. One of the two.

          • Chucktech

            NO, no, no, no, no, no, NOOOOOO!!!!!!111!

          • People4Humanity


          • Prixator

            No, no, no! Their god talks directly to each and every one of them, so he would have given them all a heads up on that before it happened. S/he was a surprised as the rest of them!

        • Michael Rush

          none of this would be necessary if they had only prayed harder .

          • GC

            On prayer:
            (h/t Secular Mike on Facebook; I can’t get a link working….)

          • RoFaWh

            Better results from the cat, surely?

            If Kitty is in a cooperative frame of mind, of course!

      • Steverino

        I guess that means their god is omnimpotent.

        Some heavenly Viagra might help with that.

    • Stev84
      • People4Humanity

        An omnipotent reminder?

    • Michael Rush

      uh oh !!! from their website it appears that god has given very high ratings to their billboard , we may be in trouble now .

      • Richard Rush

        “Thou shalt have no other gods before me . . .
        (because their awesomeness will make people realize how needy and helpless I am).”

        . . . . . . -God

  • Gustav2

    Charity for the religiously oppressed begins with PAC money.

  • D. J.

    Ian and Mati didn’t scoop them up first?

  • BearEyes

    Old, dated thinking.
    No new ideas.

  • D. J.

    1000 billboards? Sounds more like littering to me.

    • Marc

      1000 billboards, 15,000 NOM marchers, One Million Moms… Numbers are hard for them.

      • barracks9

        How quickly will the Cruz camp funnel $$ into this couple’s bank account to underwrite all of those billboards?

        • Chucktech

          Um, like…NEVER. I really don’t think the Cruz campaign is so flush that they can “flush” perfectly good money on doofy crap like fag hating billboards.

      • D. J.

        Their Facebook page has a whopping 175 likes.

      • StraightGrandmother

        I know, right?
        Can you imagine them on their knees holding hands praying every night, “Dear Lord won’t you please send us a billboard tomorrow?”

        It reminds me of that Janice Joplin song, “Oh Lord won’t you send me a Mercedes Benz, my friends all have Porches, I must make amends”

        “Oh Lord please send us a billboard tomorrow”

        • guest

          More likely, “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV. Dialing for dollars is trying to find me.”

    • Ed Burrow

      And thus far they have one. One. It kinda reminds me of that NOM pic with the runner.

      • Bad Tom

        Gettin’ READY!!!

        • Chucktech

          God, and to think this particular NOM add seemed laughable back then…

        • People4Humanity

          In love this guy, or transman — but he’d better get out of those starting blocks soon!

          • Bad Tom

            Boy, my glutes are tired!

          • People4Humanity

            ¿¡… from what!?

          • Bad Tom

            Holding this position on this starting block for well over a year.

            It’s meta, dude.

          • People4Humanity

            Oh. “A friend” suggested you meant something quite different.

          • Bad Tom

            This is why I don’t lock my comment history. You can always check.

        • lymis


    • Blake Jordan

      Think of all the homeless and/or hungry people you could help with the money spent on these billboards…

  • Secure

    Cruz is the worst of the 17 running. He’s also very dangerous. He’s a nutter Evangelical with more support than Huckabee, Jindal, Carson, or Santorum. I hope Trump destroys him.

    • Christopher

      Not JUST Evilgenital, but a Dominionist as well.

  • StSean

    i’m horrified that a contender for president (which is a horrifying thing to say within itself) is campaigning on stripping supreme court-granted rights away from a segment of the population and elevating christianity to a national religion. it’s divisive and unworthy of anyone who wants to be a real leader.

    • David Walker

      On the other hand, it brings in money and creates confusion in the base…as in, “who is the better xn?” Interesting that the not-god-fearing Trump is in the lead, but who notices things like that?

      • StSean

        frankly, they’re all terrible christians.

  • txscotty39

    Birds of a feather do fu…er……….flock together.

  • “The design looks nice, now can we somehow reverse the colors so the people aren’t… you know… black?”


  • Brian G

    This speaks to Cruz’s ability to be any type of leader. You don’t put people in a position of leadership where they’ve shown no ability or past performance to be leaders. He might like there story, but then to give them any power/position because of that? What will he do with his Cabinet? Who will he appoint? Clueless idiot.

  • People4Humanity

    Rafæl has money to burn.

  • sweetdog

    This is laughable. All of these gay hater presidential wannabes go to IA which was one of – if not the first, I don’t remember – states to legalize s/s marriage! Short term memory or just stupidity. Probably a combination of both.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Clown Car Madness! They all inhabit their own little bubble of pet peeves.

    My money is on Kasich to bump his numbers up tonight, by trying to appear moderate, but then he’ll be taken down like Huntsman next time.

  • Paula

    Aware of their plight? How in the fuck can two people who are being called out for being bigots actually claim to have a plight?
    Cruz hired this one trick pony couple to work for him.
    I don’t know who is more stupid, Cruz or the Odgaards.

    • Chucktech

      Cruz ain’t stupid, he’s milking stupid people like the ODDgaards.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Wow, so he is desperate for the support of their 50 fundy friends.


    • vorpal

      I doubt they even have 5 friends.

      Their facebook group is fucking HILARIOUSLY pathetic.

      And the graphic design on their website is even worse.
      Why is the man’s head so much bigger than that of the dude in a dress?

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        It looks like the male is 2 steps ahead of his lady.
        As god intended.

        • vorpal

          I was truly dismayed to see her hands were idle and at risk of doing the devil’s work, when they should be busy making sandwiches.

          And if she’s wearing such a skimpy, immodest dress (looks above the knee), she can hardly blame J-Dug when he embraces his masculine energy and molests her.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Also, it looks like their sincere beliefs don’t include proper footwear.

            Even jesus knew to at least throw on some flip flops…dammmed sinners !

  • MikeBoston

    Glad those two asshole hoteliers in New York had Ted over for dinner, because now that he knows us as a community, he’s really been terrific on LGBT issues.

  • Jon Perry

    What a lovely pair of self righteous, holier that thou Xtians.

  • ‘Please I need your help’


    Also, defund social welfare and Planned Parenthood because handouts. Also GOD (apparently).

  • I am starting to think that Scott Walker might be the one to actually worry about.

    • Silver Badger

      He is a crazy as the rest but he hides it better.

  • D. J.

    This couple was represented by the Beckett Fund (Hobby Lobby was also). That is what put them on the Ted Cruz radar screen.

  • CrimsonHound

    I can see it now
    Billboard #2: Ted Cruz for president
    “Please… I need your help with this!”

  • Aha, their signs are dyslexic – Odgaard would be shortened to ODG, not GOD. Their website should start ODGS-DESIGN. and the signarure should be Odg(aard).

    Then again, maybe they think they are God. They’re certainly the sort.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Their “plight”: victims of their own bigotry and stubbornness. (Those two usually go together, don’t they?)

  • vorpal

    Only one miserable billboard up so far?
    Clearly Mr. Odgaard has trouble obtaining erections, even with Mrs. Odgaard’s help.

    • Chucktech

      Looking at Mrs. Odgaard, methinks she’s no help at all.

      (Sorry, I really try to avoid ad hominems like that, but when the people involved are so christianly vile, sometimes I suffer a lapse…)

  • TexPlant

    who is this god chap they keep talking about? Is he a Kardashian?

    • Chucktech

      Just some dead guy…

  • Silver Badger

    The billboard is so stark. One would think that a few rainbow colored paint balls would really perk it up.

    • KQCA

      Silver Badger is on the job! 🙂

  • KQCA

    They need to find a more powerful god. This one’s pretty anemic to need help with such a simple concept.

  • So basically Cruz is trying to claim the title of the top
    social conservative and claim the spot that Santorum had the last time around. It will be interesting to see who they go with but my money would be on the religious right going with Cruz over Santorum.

  • AT2016

    Perfect, old white republicans who are completely out of touch with reality. They are all dying off.

  • douglas

    Tell us again Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass why you contributed to the Cruz campaign and why we shouldn’t boycott your business?

  • Christopher

    I’m a firm believer of judging people by the company they keep.

    In Cruz’s case this is not even remotely shocking.

  • Robert Conner

    The Supreme Being, who has suffered with carpal tunnel syndrome since creating the entire Universe in six days, has enlisted the help of geriatric crackpots Betty “Wheezy” Odgaard and her husband Richard “Cooter” Odgaard who have joined forces with Teodoro Cruz, a Cuban-Canadian-American oddity and illustrated DSM-5 catalog of mental illness. Asked why He hadn’t rained fire and brimstone of the sodomites or turned anyone into a pillar of salt as in days of yore, Jehovah explained that chronic back pain and a rotator cuff injury incurred while drowning Pharaoh in the Red Sea has limited his options. After completing mandatory anger management sessions ordered by His psychiatrist, Jehovah opted instead for a billboard response to this latest challenge to His natural order. Speaking from His hospital bed where He is undergoing treatment for hypertension, atrial fibrillation and a blood clot in His right leg, Jehovah explained that young people today seem less interested in enforcing whimsical Biblical injunctions hence his increasing reliance on crow bait like the Osgaards. Asked if that development had contributed to His bouts of depression, Jehovah just shrugged and turned to face the wall.

  • James

    I don’t believe in god, obviously, but I don’t get how anyone who does would dare to create such a thing.

  • Cosmo Tupper

    To sign “god” is blasphemy and an abomination for they are unrepentantly using his name in vain.
    To hell you will go,
    to hell you will go.
    Hi-ho , the dairy-o,
    to hell you will go!

  • Michael Varian Daly

    some desperate assed shit

  • Dennis

    So Cruz hired a couple whose only big qualifications are they’re religious, um I mean, Christian and they ran a restaurant.
    What exactly will their duties be in this leadership team? Oh who cares, they’re making money off pandering to Christians.

  • charemor

    What do you suppose they will do when little Teddy is caught with a boy friend or a rent boy?

  • Aikane Kai

    Why does the Mississippi flow south? ’cause Iowa sucks.

    Why MN? To protect Canada from Iowa.

  • NMNative

    Screw poor starving children, I’m going to spend my money on billboards degrading gay people. IT”S WHAT GOD WANTS YOU HEATHENS!

  • Sean Taylor

    they have a plight? I mean other than being from Iowa?

  • Dade

    Oh there’s your problem, you can’t add unlike units