Titled “Conservatives Anonymous,” the Cruz spot is set in a group therapy session, as a circle of men and women discuss their disappointment in having supported the Florida senator given his subsequent work on an immigration reform bill one calls “amnesty.”
“Maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time,” softcore porn veteran Amy Lindsay tells the group before another man appears at the door in a Rubio shirt asking, “You guys have room for one more?”
The campaign removed the video from YouTube after it became aware of her background, though a web page with the “Conservatives Anonymous” branding is still live on Cruz’s site.
The Cruz campaign did not immediately respond to CNN request for comment.
On Thursday night and early Friday, Lindsay responded to the decision in a series of critical tweets and on Instagram, writing that she was “Extremely disappointed the #TedCruz campaign pulled the national television spot I had a role in.”
“The actress responded to an open casting call,” Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler told BuzzFeed. “She passed her audition and got the job. Unfortunately, she was not vetted by the production company. Had the campaign known of her full filmography, we obviously would not have let her appear in the ad.”
According to her IMDb page, Lindsay has credited roles in titles including “Carnal Wishes,” “Insatiable Desires” and “Forbidden Sins.” She has also appeared in more mainstream fare, like a 2001 episode of “Star Trek: Voyager.”