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Ted Cruz scores one in Rubio/Bush's back yard



A ranking GOP official in Miami-Dade has caused waves by endorsing Ted Cruz for president.

Manny Roman, vice-chair of hte local party, wrote Saturday in the Miami Herald that he had "every reason" to support Marco Rubio. "However, even in an environment where there is overwhelming indirect pressure to get behind one of the local candidates, Ted Cruz’s story and platform break through all the noise."

That brought a response from Miami-Dade GOP Chairman and Rubio friend Nelson Diaz:

"It is inappropriate for party leaders to put their thumbs on the scales of what should grassroots elections. The Republican Party doesn’t endorse candidates in contested primaries for a reason: we let the grassroots decide who our nominee should be. Moreover, it is a violation of Party Rules (and the Loyalty Oath we all signed) to use our titles and position to endorse one Republican over another. Privately, of course, we can all support the candidate of our choice, but using our titles and positions is not only a violation of our rules but also a violation of the trust that party members placed in us. The nominee should win by election of the grassroots, in a bottom-up manner, not a top-down push by party leadership. This is why I have stayed publicly neutral in this primary season. It is my hope that other party leaders don’t try to put their thumbs on the scales as well."

[Last modified: Monday, December 28, 2015 12:14pm]


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