Apparently, there isn't a whole lot of love between Mitt Romney and Bob Vander Plaats of the Iowa social conservative group, Family Leader. According to ABC News, Mitt hasn't returned his calls.
ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:Update: Politico's Ben Smith tweeted this message yesterday:
Leaders of a prominent social conservative group in Iowa that is organizing a series of forums with potential GOP presidential candidates said that they have been getting the cold shoulder from Mitt Romney.
“We have made several attempts to reach Gov. Romney or those close to him in order to extend an invitation to our Presidential Lecture Series. None of those attempts have been successful as of today,” said the group’s spokesman Chris Nitzschke.
Political observers have been speculating about whether Romney, who finished second behind Huckabee in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, would skip the state altogether in 2012. He has traveled infrequently to the state since his presidential bid -- a contrast to some of his potential competitors like Pawlenty and Gingrich who have spent considerable time in the Hawkeye State in recent months.
Romney’s office did not respond to a request for comment, but his approach to the Family Leader event is likely to set off renewed speculation about how seriously he plans to compete in the state.
Vander Plaats says no slight intended, he's just been "unable to communicate with [Romney's] office or his staff...left a lot of messages"