GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCongress must ensure charities remain safety net for patients Biden to receive ‘welcome home’ rally in Wilmington Health pick’s trades put STOCK Act in spotlight MORE has picked his campaign manager as one of his delegates for the Republican National Convention in July, a new report says.
Corey Lewandowski is named on a list of 11 delegates and 11 alternates the Trump campaign gave the New Hampshire secretary of state, according to The New York Times.
Lewandowski is a Granite State resident, it added, and also served there as the state director for Americans for Prosperity, an organization aligned with GOP mega-donors David and Charles Koch.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that presidential campaign officials occasionally pull double duty as convention delegates. Lewandowski’s selection is especially notable, however, following recent controversy surrounding the top Trump aide.
Reports emerged last week that Lewandowski roughly grabbed former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields during a press conference in Jupiter, Fla. Fields filed criminal charges against Lewandowski two days later, citing bruising on her arm as evidence of the alleged battery.
Trump’s campaign fiercely disputed Fields’s account, with the business mogul himself suggesting last week she "made the story up," and Lewandowski appeared on stage with Trump Tuesday after the candidate won the Florida primary.
Convention delegates could be under increased scrutiny this year as anti-Trump Republicans push for a contested convention as the last hope of keeping Trump from their party’s nomination.
Trump’s critics hope the real estate tycoon does not win the necessary 1,237 delegates before the event, which would then require a brokered convention where an alternative nominee may emerge instead.