Romney Sr. Cronies Ditch, Rebuke Mitt

George Romney allies say son has sold out father's legacy
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2008 8:16 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, smiles before autographing a 40-year-old campaign poster of his father, the late Michigan Governor George Romney, in Southfield,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney might have expected to ride the legacy of his late father, the former Michigan governor, to a victory in today's primaries. But old friends of George Romney aren't thrilled with the politics of his son, the New York Times reports. "I think George Romney would despair of what Mitt has done in order to become the candidate of the conservative extreme right of the GOP party," said Walter DeVries.

DeVries, the elder Romney's chief political strategist, called Romney Jr.'s campaign "desperate" and "ill conceived," recalling that the "moderate-to-progressive" governor also did not share his son's tendency to change his position on issues in order to curry voters' favor. Other Romney Sr. cronies, including his lieutenant governor, have come out in support of John McCain.