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Why Miami-Dade GOP's committeewoman didn't attend Trump's meeting with Hispanics


Notably absent from Donald Trump's meeting with local Hispanics in Little Havana on Tuesday was Liliana Ros, the Miami-Dade County Republican Party's state committeewoman.

Why didn't she go? Because she wasn't invited in time, she said.

Ros, a longtime GOP stalwart and Trump voter, told the Miami Herald on Wednesday that she received a late call Tuesday afternoon -- once Trump's guests were already assembling -- asking her to attend. An earlier email invitation had been sent to the wrong address, Trump's campaign told her.

She was happy to get called at all, Ros said, noting that the campaign hadn't contacted her for anything until now, even when it'd twice scheduled (and then postponed) Hispanic outreach events. Ros is Cuban-American.

"Thank God they have somebody with a functioning brain that knows what she's doing," Ros said of Trump's new Florida campaign chief, Susie Wiles, who telephoned her directly. "Now, I think we're going to win."

Ros was clearly displeased with Trump's earlier Florida operation. Though Ros didn't name her, the Florida team was led by Karen Giorno, who has since been promoted to Trump's national headquarters in New York. 

"I think that the Three Stooges would have done a better job," Ros said. "And you can quote me on that."

She added: "Donald Trump is going to win this campaign because of Donald Trump, not because of his campaign."

Ros found Giorno's team to be unresponsive to local party officials. She had been named a delegate to the Republican National Convention in July, but she ultimately gave up her seat. 

Some early Trump supporters still hold hard feelings toward Miami Republicans who were deeply invested in the campaigns of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. Some in the party, meanwhile, remain upset that the GOP pushed back its annual Lincoln Day fundraising dinner after having been privately reassured it would land Trump himself as a guest -- only to have his campaign decline the invitation. South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy will speak instead at the Oct. 15 event.

If Ros gets asked to upcoming Trump events, will she go?

"Now, I don't really want them," she said of the campaign's invitations. "I have been to these things before."