On Friday the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC made it clear that it would not be extending an invitation to Sen. Mitt Romney because the senator voted to hear from witnesses during Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The conference will be held from Wednesday, February 26 to Saturday, February 29.
“BREAKING: The “extreme conservative” and Junior Senator from the great state of Utah, @SenatorRomney is formally NOT invited to #CPAC2020,” tweeted Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union, which hosts the conference.
Romney and Sen. Susan Collins were the only two Republican senators to break from their party and vote in support of hearing from witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial.
Despite the two senators support the vote failed and appears to have cleared a path for the Senate to acquit Trump.
Romney has worked hard to distance himself from Trump and by doing so has often been a target of Trump’s on Twitter. It really shouldn’t come as a big surprise that the CPAC is snubbing Romney because it is a Trump-supporting conservative conference.
Romney had made it clear before casting his vote that he supported witnesses and new information on Trump’s push to get Ukraine to investigate the Biden family.
“If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme. Critical for the facts to come out,” Romney tweeted back in September.
Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee, a frequent CPAC attendee, supported Romney in a tweet after Schlapp made the announcement on Twitter.
“Mitt Romney is a good friend and an excellent Senator. We have disagreed about a lot in this trial. But he has my respect for the thoughtfulness, integrity, and guts he has shown throughout this process,” Lee wrote. “Utah and the Senate are lucky to have him.”
Romney has spoken on at least two different occasions at the CPAC. In 2012 during a speech he referred to himself as “extremely conservative.”