He agreed with Anuzis that the committee wanted to award both delegates to one candidate rather than awarding them proportionally, but said that isn't what the memo ended up saying.
"I was a Romney surrogate. I'm firmly on his team, but a rule's a rule," Cox said Thursday.
Noted Brabender: "If the former attorney general of the state votes against it, that should speak for itself, especially if they are a Romney supporter. ... That is the type of thing that happens in Iran but never in America, and somebody needs to get to the bottom of this very quickly."
The state GOP's lawyer, Eric Doster, drafted the memo and was the other "no" vote Wednesday night.
Besides Anuzis, those voting "yes" were Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak, party Co-Chairwoman Sharon Wise and former state Rep. Bill Runco, who endorsed Romney in a Feb. 20 press release. Neither Schostak nor Wise has endorsed a candidate.
Michigan GOP rules allow the decision to be appealed to the Credentials Committee, but it's unlikely that will result in Santorum getting back the lost delegate.
The decision also could be challenged at this summer's Republican National Convention.
Associated Press writer Stephen Ohlemacher in Washington contributed to this report.
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