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 RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention Trump administration narrows suspects in Russia bounties leak investigation: report MORE (R-Utah) as a “Democrat secret asset” who supports impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad 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 BidenBiden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Tammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream Mexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump 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.