Utah Boy Scout troop leaders reprimanded for Romney visit

Sep 20 2012 - 4:56pm

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This Sept. 18, 2012, photo shows Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greeting Boy Scouts from Troop 315 as he arrives in Salt Lake City. Local Boy Scout troop leaders have been reprimanded after allowing a group of scouts to greet GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a Utah airport this week. Kay Godfrey of the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America says scouts are not supposed to take sides in elections, but noted many troop leaders aren't aware of the policy. Others, however, called the move an overreaction. "This is political correctness at it's pettiest," says Utah Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis. "The Utah Democratic Party is thrilled that a troop of Boy Scouts got an upfront visit with a Presidential nominee, right here in Utah." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Sept. 18, 2012, photo shows Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greeting Boy Scouts from Troop 315 as he arrives in Salt Lake City. Local Boy Scout troop leaders have been reprimanded after allowing a group of scouts to greet GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a Utah airport this week. Kay Godfrey of the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America says scouts are not supposed to take sides in elections, but noted many troop leaders aren't aware of the policy. Others, however, called the move an overreaction. "This is political correctness at it's pettiest," says Utah Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis. "The Utah Democratic Party is thrilled that a troop of Boy Scouts got an upfront visit with a Presidential nominee, right here in Utah." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Boy Scout troop leaders in Cottonwood Heights have been reprimanded after allowing a group of scouts to greet GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney during a fundraising stop in Salt Lake City this week.

Kay Godfrey of the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America tells KSL scouts are not supposed to participate in political activities, but noted many troop leaders aren't aware of the policy.

The Boy Scouts greeted Romney on Tuesday at the Salt Lake City airport.

Troop leaders told KSL the Romney campaign contacted them and asked for Boy Scouts to be present.

Some have called the reprimand an overreaction.

Utah Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis calls it "political correctness at its pettiest." He says Boy Scouts should be allowed to meet with presidential candidates -- Democrat or Republican.

 

 

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