Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Trump Scores HUGE Win In Michigan, Shuts Out Cruz From Key Cleveland Committee Spots After Failed Hijacking
By Brandon Hall
The Cruz campaign says they were "double crossed" by Kasich at the Michigan Republican Convention after their deal to team up evidently fell through at the last minute.
So... evidently they were plotting to "double cross" the voters of Michigan and subvert the will of the people who voted in *record* numbers for Donald J. Trump? And now it's a major problem things didn't turn out as planned??
Colorado and Missouri went quite well for Cruz, but blowing the expectations game in Michigan gave Trump a fantastic earned media story to be able to add to the talking point spin list and ignore what Cruz did elsewhere.
By crying about the results of the meeting and giving the story more credibility, they played into the hands of their opponents, made the story even bigger, and turned a poor performance into an unmitigated disaster.
>>>The best quote about everything may have come from Kasich campaign consultant John Weaver, responding to a series of feisty tweets from Saul.
"“Cruz leadership broke word in Michigan, got greedy & tried 2 screw everyone. Lost all. Rule: pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. #Cleveland.”
According to the Detroit News:
"Saul Anuzis, a co-chair of Cruz’s Michigan campaign, said his team worked out a deal with the Kasich campaign before the delegate meeting to neutralize the Trump delegation’s advantage.
“We had agreed with the Kasich people to support one another’s delegates on the committee because Trump had the ability to take all of the seats,” Anuzis said.
The Kasich delegation’s decision to team up with Trump’s supporters was “completely unannounced,” Anuzis said.
“We got nailed as we came into the meeting,” Anuzis told The Detroit News. “We clearly got double crossed.”
With Trump and Kasich’s people in cahoots, five of the eight committee seats went to Trump delegates, with Kasich’s delegates taking the remaining three seats.
“It was a very good day, a very good weekend, in Michigan for the Donald Trump campaign,” said Scott Hagerstrom, state director of Trump’s Michigan campaign.
Kasich campaign representatives said Saturday the alliance with the Trump campaign was in response to Cruz’s people trying to pick off other candidates’ delegate seats during Friday’s congressional district caucuses.
“Cruz leadership broke word in Michigan, got greedy & tried 2 screw everyone. Lost all. Rule: pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. #Cleveland,” Kasich’s chief strategist, John Weaver, wrote Saturday on Twitter."
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
>>>Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com
Posted by NerdWatch at 5:39 PM