Sen. Romney? Maybe, In Utah
- Author: Megan Austin Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 7:30
Romney, 70, would run to replace Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), 83, who is rumored to be retiring at the end of his term.
Hatch has been in office since 1977, making him the most senior Republican in the Senate. And Orrin has to decide what he wants to do. "If he wants to run again, I'm for him".
The Atlantic first reported that Romney was considering a race for the Senate.
'If I could get a really outstanding person to run for my position, I might very well consider [retiring],' Hatch said.
Now that is not to say that Romney - a relatively youthful-looking and quite vigorous man - would stand out in the Senate.
Romney continued, "But wait, you say, isn't he a huge business success that knows what he's talking about?"
"Do you have any people in mind?" a reporter asked.
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A Romney spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment. Back in February, he told the Deseret News that "all doors are open", but he didn't have any predictions on what he might do. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has disclosed that he has personally spoken with former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of MA about his potential bid for a Utah senate seat in the 2018 mid-term elections.
And Hatch moved to snuff out the fire. Romney was openly critical of President Trump as the 2016 election progressed, but scaled back his vocal opposition after Trump won the presidency and considered Romney for US secretary of state.
It has all left Utah Republicans unclear whether Hatch is serious about seeking re-election.
Several high-profile Utah Republicans have been touted as potential challengers for Hatch in 2018, including form Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah, Sutherland Institute president Boyd Matheson, World Trade Center Utah CEO Derek Miller and Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah.
"I don't think that's going to be a problem", he said.
Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers said the "appeal for Utah for a Sen". President Trump, in contrast, has only ever won 45.5% of the Beehive state. During the GOP presidential primary, Romney had been among Trump's most vocal critics.