The list of Wisconsin delegates to the Republican National Convention came as a surprise to early Ted Cruz supporter Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere.
Jacque said in an interview he was told by the Cruz campaign that he was on their initial list of 15 delegates, but when the final list was released by the state GOP he didn't even make the cut as an alternate. That's an issue, he said, because the state GOP constitution gives the campaign that wins the most statewide votes the right to pick 15 delegates and 18 alternates.
Those who did make the list included former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who was chairman of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's state campaign effort, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who was Marco Rubio's state chairman and endorsed Cruz 10 days before the April 5 primary.
Jacque was one of six state lawmakers who endorsed Cruz in mid-February. Only two of them made the final list, which included many party insiders and close allies of Gov. Scott Walker, who gave Cruz a key endorsement a week before the election.
Jacque said he spoke with a Cruz campaign staffer who was a liaison to national delegate coordinator Ken Cuccinelli. Jacque said he learned "there was not significant overlap between the lists" and there was surprise within the campaign about the final list.
Wisconsin GOP spokesman Pat Garrett said in a statement "the list of delegates was developed in direct consultation with the Cruz campaign and reflects a wide range of elected officials and grassroots leaders who have been on the forefront of pushing major conservative reforms in Wisconsin over the last several years."
The Cruz campaign did not respond to a request for comment. Brian Westrate, a Donald Trump delegate from the 3rd Congressional District, said the Cruz campaign told him they don't intend to challenge the list.
Jacque said he was less concerned about himself not being on the list as other grassroots supporters who also were on the initial list and didn't make the final cut.†
"That was my greater disappointment -- that there was a considerable effort for Sen. Cruz in Wisconsin and I didnít feel that was reflected in the list that was put forward," Jacque said.
There's another dynamic at play, Jacque noted. Though Cruz's Wisconsin delegates are bound to vote for him in a contested convention unless he receives less than a third of the vote in any given round, there are also opportunities for delegates to vote on changes to the rules, and there's no requirement that they vote on those rules the way the Cruz camp wants.
For example, Rule 40b only allows candidates with a majority of delegates in eight states to be considered for the nomination. Cruz has said that precludes Kasich from being considered on the first ballot. But delegates could vote to change the rules.
Thompson, in an interview from the Vatican after an audience with Pope Francis, said he doesn't know how he would vote on a rule change or if one will be necessary.