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Romney responds to bylaw change about collecting signatures

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney was seen talking to legislators at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday afternoon, just days after the Utah GOP State Central Committee passed a bylaw that would allow them to kick out candidates gathering signatures to get on the ballot.

“I’m going to let other people deal with the politics within the party,” said Romney when asked about the bylaw change. “I believe that I will be on the ballot. I’m not terribly concerned about that, given the sentiment of the people who proposed the most recent bylaw. They said they don’t want the U.S. Senate race to be part of this effort.”

Romney said he is staying out of the disagreement among members in the Utah GOP.

“Frankly, as someone who is biased on this topic as a candidate, I’m not going to get involved in which side of the debate that the Central Committee will ultimately be successful,” said Romney.

Instead, he said he’s going to focus on his senate campaign.

“I’m doing two things. I’m collecting signatures and I’m going across the state to get the support I would need to be successful in the caucuses and the convention,” said Romney.

The bylaw change does not affect Romney because the provisions only apply to candidates in the 1st and 2nd U.S. Congressional House districts for 2018.

Utah GOP Rob Anderson is fighting the bylaw change. He will be meeting with the governor on Wednesday to discuss it.

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