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Romney Fundraiser Says ‘Moderate is Still a Good Thing’


Mitt Romney greets supporters Monday at a campaign rally in Albion, Mich.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A prominent fundraiser for Mitt Romney is pitching the candidate’s “Massachusetts moderate” image as a reason to donate – not as the epithet Romney’s rivals have hurled at him.

An email sent Saturday by Christopher Jenny, president of the Boston-based Parthenon Group business consultancy, inviting potential donors to a Boston fundraiser, entreats them to help fight “social arch conservative Rick Santorum.”

“For those of you who are not offended by the idea of a ‘Massachusetts moderate’ in the White House, the opportunity to get involved is fleeting,” wrote Jenny, who has also donated to progressive Democrat Alan Khazei and was a George W. Bush bundler. National Journal obtained the email and attached invitation to the March 7 reception, which Jenny is co-hosting, from someone unaffiliated with the campaign.

Romney has emptied tremendous reserves of cash and energy for two straight presidential elections trying to convince rank-and-file Republicans he is not ideologically tainted by the liberal moonbat cesspool that Massachusetts represents in the eyes of the GOP electorate.

“I think the biggest misconception would be that I'm a guy that comes from Massachusetts and therefore I can't be conservative,” Romney said on "Fox News Sunday" this week, adding, “I'm a solid conservative – a committed conservative with the kind of principles I think America needs.”

But helping replenish those cash reserves are the very Massachusetts moderates from whom Romney has sought to distance himself. The dichotomy between where his money is coming from and where his message is going underscores the discomfort Romney has experienced trying to broaden his appeal beyond the party’s upscale, non-tea-party wing. Those receiving the email, Jenny wrote, “can certainly afford to get involved.”

“For many of us in this country, being a ‘moderate’ is still a good thing,” Jenny wrote. And, for many, including those in the Republican Party who have resisted Romney, it’s not.

—Jim O’Sullivan 




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