Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is getting mixed signals from kingmakers in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
Just as he was celebrating endorsement nods from Doug Scamman, a former speaker of the New Hampshire House, and his wife Stella Scamman, a former state representative, Romney took a blow from one of the key players in his 2008 campaign.
Bruce Keogh, Romney’s 2008 New Hampshire chair, told Mother Jones magazine that he would not be boarding the Mitt train again, citing Romney’s inconsistent record. “I don’t think the voters are looking for somebody who’s going to be recasting himself,” Keogh said, adding that he is considering getting behind former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty or Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
It’s a hard loss for Romney, who in 2008 came in second in the state behind Sen. John McCain, and who will need to match or exceed that showing this time around, especially in light of his recent cold shoulder to South Carolina, another early-voting state. The presumptive front-runner declined an invitation to join his fellow White House hopefuls at the 2012 cycle’s first debate Thursday night in Greenville.
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