President Trump on Thursday called on every GOP senator to join a congressional group to advise him on reopening the economy except one: Sen. Mitt Romney. Romney, of course, voted in favor of one of the articles for impeachment. While I disagree with that vote, I still view Romney as an honorable person who cast a vote in good-faith. One would hope that Trump could move beyond the impeachment for the benefit and unity of the nation, particularly during a pandemic.
The other senators were asked to participate on the “Opening Up America Again Congressional Group.” One would think that Romney, a highly successful businessman, would be highly sought after for such a group.
The White House announced that “The dialogue between the President, senior Administration officials, and the bipartisan group of Members of Congress also included a range of topics, namely the need for additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, the international and domestic supply chains, ways to energize the economy, surprise medical billing, clarifying the difference between essential and non-essential workers, mental health, and relief for small businesses.”
Romney has not only been the Republican presidential nominee, U.S. Senator, and a Governor of a major state, he was also co-founder of Bain Capital a private equity investment firm. That résumé on business and politics is virtually unrivaled in the Senate. More importantly, he is the representative of the people of Utah who deserve to have his voice heard for the benefit of their state. The only reason that he was not included was retaliation for casting his vote on impeachment.
If these reports are true (and there has been no contradiction from the White House), the exclusion of Romney was petty and petulant.