Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, fresh off some stinging defeats at the hands of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses, is heading to Maine to campaign ahead of the final Republican caucuses in the state this Saturday. One of his stops in the Pine Tree State? Portland Yacht Services.
Romney, who has faced numerous attacks over his tenure as the CEO of a major private equity firm and his tax rate (Romney paid a 13.9 percent rate last year, as his income comes predominently from investments), continues to look uncomfortable addressing his own personal wealth on the stump. But an appearance at a marina that serves yachts is a near sure-fire way to remind the media and voters alike about the narrative.
Most GOP insiders in Maine believe Romney and Paul are the leading candidates here.
Romney’s son Tagg Romney came to Maine last weekend to address a handful of caucuses around the state.
Romney was supported by more than 50 percent of Republicans in the 2008 caucuses even though he did not campaign personally in Maine.
Romney has the backing of many influential state Republicans, including Senate President Kevin Raye, who is running against U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for Maine’s 2nd Congressional seat.