By KEVIN ROBILLARD
A top adviser to Mitt Romney’s failed presidential campaign on Wednesday slammed Republican officials for turning on their standard-bearer after angling for Cabinet posts only a few days earlier.
“It is stunning,” former Romney campaign official Dan Senor said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“The Friday night before the election, we were in Cincinnati for this huge rally … Tens of thousands of people, you could feel the energy, a hundred top-tier Romney surrogates were at the event. I’m backstage with some of them, I won’t mention their names, but they’re talking about Romney like he’s Reagan. ‘His debate performances were the best performances of any Republican nominee in presidential history. He’s iconic.’ They were talking about him because they believed he was going to win in four or five days. And in fact, some of them were already talking to our transition to position themselves for a Romney cabinet.”
“I won’t say who they are,” Senor said. “They know who they are. They were on television, it was unbelievable, it was five, six days later, absolutely eviscerating him.”
There has been no shortage of GOP criticism of Romney since Election Day, some of which Senor allowed Romney brought on himself with his claim that “gifts” to minorities and young voters won the election. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez have been particularly vocal with their criticism.
“Many of these officials, I might add, chose to stay out of it, they chose not to run,” Senor said. “And they chose to stay out of it because they believed this race was unwinnable.”
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