‘Good rid­dance’: Rom­ney, Reid united in mu­tual dis­re­gard

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

Mitt Rom­ney says the feel­ing is mu­tual af­ter out­go­ing Senate Mi­nor­ity Leader Harry Reid said he lost all re­spect for the former Mas­sachusetts gov­er­nor fol­low­ing his un­suc­cess­ful bid to be Don­ald Trump’s sec­re­tary of state.

“Mitt Rom­ney is some­body I had re­spect for,” Mr. Reid told The Huff­in­g­ton Post on Tues­day, shortly be­fore Mr. Trump’s nom­i­na­tion of ExxonMo­bil CEO Rex Tiller­son was made of­fi­cial. “I have none any more.”

The Ne­vada Demo­crat said it was hyp­o­crit­i­cal for Mr. Rom­ney to lobby Mr. Trump for the sec­re­tary of state gig af­ter call­ing the pres­i­dent-elect a “fraud” and ac­cus­ing him of “bul­ly­ing,” “misog­yny,” and “ab­surd third-grade the­atrics,” and con­clud­ing he was un­fit to re­ceive the party’s nom­i­na­tion.

In a state­ment, Mr. Rom­ney said “as for Mr. Reid, I lost re­spect for him when he re­peat­edly lied about my taxes and later ad­mit­ted to it cheer­ily. Good rid­dance, Mr. Reid. The Senate will be bet­ter served with­out you in it.”

Ahead of the 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, Mr. Reid base­lessly ac­cused the then-GOP nom­i­nee of not pay­ing his taxes for 10 years. In March of last year, Mr. Reid said he didn’t re­gret the lie. “Rom­ney didn’t win, did he?” he said, when CNN’s Dana Bash sug­gested he had en­gaged in McCarthy­ism.

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