Shoot­ing in Fla. de­lays Mitt Se­nate bid re­veal

Boston Herald - - OPINION -

Repub­li­can Mitt Rom­ney said last night he’s post­pon­ing an an­nounce­ment planned for to­day about Utah’s U.S. Se­nate race be­cause of the deadly school shoot­ing in Florida.

Peo­ple fa­mil­iar with Rom­ney’s plans told The As­so­ci­ated Press he is pre­par­ing a bid to re­place re­tir­ing Sen. Or­rin Hatch. Rom­ney was ex­pected to re­lease a cam­paign video to­day.

But Rom­ney tweeted last night that, out of re­spect for the shoot­ing vic­tims and their fam­i­lies in Park­land, Fla., he will not be mak­ing an an­nounce­ment to­day.

While some hope Rom­ney would use the po­si­tion to con­tinue his bit­ing crit­i­cism of Pres­i­dent Trump, those close to Rom­ney say he will fo­cus in­stead on Utah. They say Rom­ney will sug­gest that Wash­ing­ton has much to learn from the state the for­mer Mas­sachusetts gover­nor now calls home.

Rom­ney’s small team of long­time ad­vis­ers plans to main­tain a low profile. Hav­ing turned down re­peated re­quests for na­tional me­dia ap­pear­ances in re­cent days, Rom­ney is care­fully de­sign­ing his cam­paign launch to avoid me­dia ques­tions about Trump.

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