Gov. Herbert defends Romney, blasts Bannon
(KUTV) In a tweet published Wednesday morning, Utah Governor Gary Herbert defended conservative ex-presidential candidate Mitt Romney from Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon.
"Mitt Romney and his family are honorable people and represent the very best of Utah values," said Herbert. "Utahns reject the ugly politics and tactics of Steve K. Bannon."
Bannon criticized Romney on Tuesday while defending Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Moore, 70, is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including accusations that he molested two teenage girls and pursued romantic relationships with several others while in his 30s. He has denied the allegations.
Bannon claimed that Roy Moore has more integrity and honor than Romney's entire family. He pointed out that Moore graduated from the United States Military Academy, while Romney received a draft deferment for his missionary work in France.
"You hid behind your religion," Bannon said. 'Do not talk to me about honor and integrity."
Utah Sen. Mike Lee chimed in, saying, "Romney is a good man. Whether you agree or disagree with him on any matter of public policy, you can't credibly call into question his patriotism or moral character -- especially on the basis of his religious beliefs or his outstanding service as a missionary."
Sen. Hatch commented soon after, saying Bannon's attacks are "disappointing and unjustified."
Hatch concluded his comment by offering Bannon a Book of Mormon.
Joe Scarborough, the co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, expressed his support for Romney, saying that he and his wife Ann Romney are "two of the msot decent, honorable people" he has met in public life.
Utah's Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox expressed his support for Romney by retweeting Gov. Herbert's tweets.