Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Donald Trump supporter, accused the Ted Cruz presidential campaign of reneging on a deal to support a “unity slate” of the state’s primary delegates, according to CNN.
“We reached a deal with Cruz’s national campaign to put up a unity slate that would honor the wishes of the thousands of Mainers who voted at caucus,” LePage said in a statement. “But Cruz’s Northeast Political Director David Sawyer lied to us and broke the deal. Sawyer stabbed us in the back, reneged on the unity slate, and betrayed the people of Maine.”
The Maine governor suggested the incident was part of a larger trend of deceit from the Cruz team.
“As we have seen throughout the country, Cruz’s national campaign is run by greedy political hooligans,” he said.
“I can’t stand by and watch as Cruz and the Republican Establishment forcibly overrule the votes of Mainers who chose Trump and Kasich. I call on Senator Cruz to condemn Sawyer’s disrespectful and dishonest tactics in Maine.”
In Maine’s GOP presidential caucus on March 5, Cruz came out on top with about 46 percent of the vote. He was allocated 12 delegates, leaving nine for Trump, now the Republican front-runner, and and two for rival John Kasich. The state’s convention is underway this weekend to decide which delegates will head to the Republican National Convention in July.
According to a local NBC affiliate, LePage had been jockeying for a slate of delegates that would preserve the distribution of the caucus results. Maine delegates are bound by the caucus outcome on the convention’s first ballot but can change their vote if the process moves to a second ballot.