Lewandowski, Florida state senators tussle over Trump's influence on midterms: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiChris Christie declines White House chief of staff role The Hill's Morning Report — Trump maintains his innocence amid mounting controversies Trump says he's down to five candidates for chief of staff MORE reportedly engaged in a heated debate Wednesday night with Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R) and state Sen. Jeff Brandes (R).

The dispute began shortly after 10 p.m., when a mutual acquaintance brought Lewandowski, an opinion contributor for The Hill, over to Galvano in the lobby of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., according to Politico.

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Lewandowski praised Trump for campaigning heavily in Florida, saying it helped Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGoogle's most-searched politician of 2018 is Stacey Abrams Republicans are winning minority voters to make difference in 2020 Gillum to speak at gathering of top Dem donors: report MORE (R) take the governorship and Gov. Rick Scott (R) win the U.S. Senate race.

“Donald Trump saved Florida, from the top to the bottom of the ticket,” Lewandowski said, two sources who witnessed the event told Politico.

Galvano agreed, but added that the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (FRSCC) he led, as well as the GOP candidates and committees, spent a record $44 million, driving up GOP turnout, another witness told Politico.

“There were lots of efforts put forward,” Galvano said, according to one witness. “Maybe it helped that FRSCC and our candidates knocked on 725,000 doors?”

“No! I know Florida!” Lewandowski said, raising his voice, according to witnesses. “It was Trump!”

“Then explain to me why we maintained Senate seats in districts Trump lost by double digits,” Galvano responded, witnesses told Politico.

Brandes then reportedly stood up and wagged his finger at Lewandowski.

One witness told Politico that Galvano clenched his fist at his side. Two others said he told his wife, "Hold my scarf."

Lewandowski then reportedly stormed off, later telling Politico that reports of the dispute were "not true."

Galvano confirmed the incident to Politico.

"We had a spirited conversation," he said. "Let’s just leave it at that."

"No one was coming to blows,” he added.

Neither Lewandowski nor Galvano immediately responded to a request for comment from The Hill.