Gov. Mike Pence apologizes to VIP over seating flap

(Ryan Dorgan/The Elkhart Truth)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pence is personally apologizing to a Republican state representative who was denied VIP seating at Pence’s rally near Dayton, Ohio.

Rep. Niraj Antani, of Dayton, says he was denied promised seating in the VIP area for, he believes, sending a positive tweet about Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Kasich is one of Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics, and Antani had served as one of his convention delegates.

Antani and Pence’s campaign say the GOP vice presidential nominee has called Antani to apologize for the seating incident.

Antani says the Trump campaign had called and asked him to remove a Tweet that said he was finding Kasich supporters, but no Trump backers, while door knocking.

Seth Unger, a spokesman for Trump’s Ohio campaign, is not confirming or denying whether the campaign asked Antani to take down the tweet. He says, “seating in our VIP area is very limited and we can’t accommodate everyone.”

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