Club for Growth to run ads in Utah attacking Romney as 'Democrat secret asset'

Club for Growth to run ads in Utah attacking Romney as 'Democrat secret asset'
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The conservative Club for Growth will run advertisements in Utah markets blasting Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump FDA pick dodges questions on Trump's flavored vape ban Congress feels heat to act on youth vaping Progressive Democrats ramp up attacks on private equity MORE (R-Utah) as a “Democrat secret asset” who supports impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE.

The 30-second spot will begin running on digital channels and on Beehive State Fox News stations Thursday and accuses the senator of “plotting to take down President Trump with impeachment.”

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“Slick, slippery, stealthy: Mitt Romney had us fooled. Posing as Republican, he tried to infiltrate Trump’s administration as secretary of State,” the ad says, in reference to reports Romney was under consideration for the Cabinet post in late 2016.

“Tell Romney, quit colluding with Democrats on impeachment,” it adds, displaying Romney’s office number.

“There are two things Sen. Romney is good at: changing positions and alienating conservatives, and now he is bringing his unique brand of self-promoting flip-flopping to yet another issue,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh said in a statement.

Romney has yet to endorse the House’s impeachment inquiry, but has been one of the most vocal critics of Trump’s calls for Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE’s family, calling the latter case “appalling.”

His comments have led Trump to directly target Romney on Twitter, calling the senator “a fool who is playing right into the hands of the Do Nothing Democrats.” Romney responded last week, saying he didn’t follow the president on Twitter.

The conservative advocacy group spent millions opposing Trump during the 2016 Republican primaries but has since fallen in line as a pro-Trump operation, according to Politico.

Romney, who was elected to his first Senate term in 2018, will not be up for reelection until 2024, but the ads could send a message to other Republicans considering wavering in their support of the president.