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Lewandowski Under Fire After Attack on Florida GOP

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Monday, 18 Apr 2016 12:53 PM

Donald Trump's campaign manager is reportedly coming under fire from the Florida state GOP — and the front-runner's own team — after a blistering, and inaccurate, attack on the state's delegate selection process.

After Corey Lewandowski attacked the Sunshine State's GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia as overly biased against the front-runner during an interview on Fox News Sunday, Ingoglia put in an angry call to Team Trump, Politico reports.

"We have no idea what Mr. Lewandowski is talking about," Wadi Gaitan, the state GOP spokesman, tells Politico in a written statement. "The State Party and our Chairman have been consistently clear that we have and will continue to remain neutral during this process. It is unfortunate that Mr. Lewandowski went on national TV and misled viewers with inaccurate statements both on process and substance."

In the interview, Lewandowski declared the state's party chairman "who is an avid and outward supporter of [Sen.] Marco Rubio, gets to appoint 30" of the state's 99 delegates.

Politico reports, however, Ingoglia remained neutral before and after the state's March 15 GOP primary, which Trump won — and that the chairman doesn't appoint any delegates, but is in charge of recommending 15 delegates to the state executive committee.

The Florida system allows for 81 delegates to be selected by local parties, and 15 to be selected by the state's Republican executive committee. The remaining three are Ingoglia, and the state's national committeeman and committeewoman, Politico reports.

"Corey goes on national TV to talk about how he didn't really commit battery on a woman — a terrible topic for the campaign to have out there — and then he makes it even worse by getting his facts wrong and pissing off the chairman in Florida when he didn't need to," one unnamed source in the Trump campaign tells Politico.

Lewandowski also ruffled feathers by blurting out during the TV interview that "by the end of this month and the next two weeks, Donald Trump will add an additional 200 delegates to his total."

"That's a number we hope for," the source tells Politico. "We're trying to set expectations at 180, and he just blew through that — a complete amateur."

Another unnamed source tells Politico that Lewandowski's attack on the Florida GOP official "made no sense."

"He wasn't asked about Florida at all," the second source tells Politico. "He could have singled out West Virginia, or Colorado or Indiana. All of their rules and processes are terrible. Instead, he went right after Florida and the chairman. And the guy wasn't pleased."

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Donald Trump's campaign manager is reportedly coming under fire from the Florida state GOP — and the front-runner's own team — after a blistering, and inaccurate, attack on the state's delegate selection process.
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