Sen. Mitt Romney might eventually have some level of regret after breaking with the Republican party and voting with Democrats on the matter of calling witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, as he found out on Friday that he’s no longer welcome at the most influential conservative gathering in the nation.
According to The Hill, the people in charge of Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) formally disinvited Romney from future conferences because of his break from the GOP at a time when the party — and the president — needed to secure every possibly Republican vote.
Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union in charge of running the annual CPAC conference, made the disinvite official in a Friday night tweet.
“The ‘extreme conservative’ and Junior Senator from the great state of Utah, @SenatorRomney is formally NOT invited to #CPAC2020,” Schlapp wrote.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) January 31, 2020
The annual CPAC conference, which will likely be held at the end of March, is a “who’s who” of influential, high-profile conservative allies and has become even more significant since Trump’s election.
Some of the speakers who will be featured at this year’s gathering include Candace Owens, Rep. Devin Nunes and famous Trump allies Diamond and Silk, among others.
Attending CPAC is all but crucial for any GOP presidential candidate. Romney attended the conference in both 2011 and 2012 in the lead-up to his failed presidential campaign. He even returned to the conference in 2013 following the loss.
If the newly-minted Utah senator has any ambitions of making another run for the White House in the future, explaining why he was not invited to CPAC in 2020 will likely prove to be a challenging, if not a completely unrecoverable roadblock.
Though Romney has a track record of voting with the party, for the most part, he has distanced himself from the president in recent years and at times has taken shots at Trump’s rhetoric.
Had Romney helped Democrats pass the impeachment witness vote, the Senate impeachment trial would have likely lasted several more weeks while both sides called witnesses.