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 RomneyOutgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump selects White House lawyer for coronavirus inspector general Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (R-Utah) as a “Democrat secret asset” who supports impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' 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 BidenCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Biden to host 'virtual fireside chat' with donors Esper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander 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.