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