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It’s not that kind of beer

Walking into the Mitt Romney campaign fundraiser this morning, it was a bit startling to see what appeared to be six-packs of Mitt Romney-logo beer stacked up and for sale at the check-in desk, given the widespread attention to Romney’s membership in the LDS Church, which shuns alcohol. A closer look revealed this word on a tiny banner between the giant words “Romney” and “BEER”: ROOT. The root beer (labels on each brown bottle tout “strong new leadership” and “no caffeine”) was the brainchild of Frank VanderSloot, who’s one of 30-some national finance co-chairs for Romney’s campaign. Check-in desk worker and former GOP state Rep. Julie Ellsworth said six-packs were selling for donations of $25 as-is or $100 autographed by the candidate.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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