Ben Carson to keynote Maine GOP dinner in Bangor

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks after receiving the endorsement of former rival Ben Carson in March. (Carlo Allegri – Reuters)

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson will headline a banquet at the Maine Republican Party’s state convention on April 22 in Bangor.

The retired neurosurgeon dropped out of the race in March and endorsed Republican front-runner Donald Trump, the controversial billionaire also backed by Gov. Paul LePage.

Carson has been a top Trump surrogate since then, but he’s been derided by many for his performance. Townhall, a conservative website, said he “may be the worst surrogate ever” after Carson told a Colorado radio station that he’d be against Trump if he wasn’t the only Republican who can win the presidency.

Tickets to the dinner featuring Carson are $60 and the party’s convention will be on April 22 and 23 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, where Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be awarded a majority of the state’s delegates after winning 46 percent of votes in the March caucuses.

Michael Shepherd

About Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd joined the Bangor Daily News in 2015 after covering state, federal and local issues for the Kennebec Journal for three years. He's a Hallowell native who now lives in Gardiner. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 and is a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service.