Ted Cruz's campaign has stepped in on behalf of the Miami-Dade County Republican Party vice-chairman who may get the boot for publicly endorsing the Texas senator for president.
Ahead of Thursday night's expected effort to oust Manny Roman from his local Republican Executive Committee position, Cruz political director Mark Campbell sent Miami-Dade GOP Chairman Nelson Diaz a letter asking him not to hold the vote.
"This motion is nothing more than a blatant political attack aimed at stifling the growing support for Ted Cruz in Florida," Campbell wrote. "This act flies in the face of the principles of the Republican Party."
The letter was first reported by the conservative blog The Shark Tank.
Campbell also takes a shot at Cruz rival Marco Rubio, suggesting Rubio would prefer to give "free speech rights" to immigrants in the country illegally than to Miami-Dade Republicans for Cruz. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects free speech before the government, but says nothing about political parties setting their own endorsement rules.
The more pertinent question is whether the Florida Republican Party of Florida rules do in fact ban Roman from taking a public position.
A vote on Roman's future is scheduled for Thursday evening's Miami-Dade GOP meeting, which will likely be held behind closed doors. Roman supporters plan to rally outside.