During a tense 30-minute meeting at the Coors Event Center, which was described by three sources present, several lower-polling campaigns lashed out at the RNC. They accused the committee of allotting them less-than-hospitable greenroom spaces while unfairly giving lavish ones to higher-polling candidates, such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
The drama began Tuesday afternoon as RNC officials led campaigns on a walk-through of the debate site. After touring the stage, candidates got a peek at what their greenrooms looked like.
Trump was granted a spacious room, complete with plush chairs and a flat-screen TV. Marco Rubio got a theater-type room, packed with leather seats for him and his team of aides. Carly Fiorina’s room had a Jacuzzi.
Then there was Chris Christie, whose small space was dominated by a toilet. So was Rand Paul’s....“
This is ridiculous,” fumed Christie’s campaign manager, Ken McKay. “We’re in a restroom.”
Paul’s team also piped in, with one adviser, Chris LaCivita, demanding that something be done to remedy the situation.
“Was there any advance done on the campaign work spaces?” he asked. “Because it sure as hell doesn’t seem like it.”
Another Paul adviser, Mike Biundo, also chimed in.“We didn’t have these issues four years ago when we had 22 debates,” said Biundo, who in 2012 worked for Rick Santorum...
Gail Gitcho, an aide to Bobby Jindal, chimed in to say that she’d heard enough about the greenrooms. The focus of the discussion, she said, should be on entry criteria for future debates — which, she argued, had made it hard for her candidate to be seen in prime time.
#CNBCDebate walkthru: guess which green room belongs to @realDonaldTrump and which belongs to @RandPaul #thanksRNC pic.twitter.com/kXAgQ9DHEZ— Chris LaCivita (@LaCivitaC) October 27, 2015
Round 2: guess who is @CarlyFiorina and @RandPaul ... Hint: someone has a jacuzzi #thanksRNC pic.twitter.com/WB8ZOEXiG6— Chris LaCivita (@LaCivitaC) October 27, 2015
Check out Marcos theater !!!! pic.twitter.com/l2jMfnlwgh— Chris LaCivita (@LaCivitaC) October 27, 2015
In all fairness, Christie's room may just appear small to Christie, if you know what I mean. As for Team Rand, shouldn't they be 100% focused on Rand's tiny poll numbers?