UtahPolicy.com reported on Monday that ex-presidential candidate Mitt Romney will jump into the U.S. Senate race if Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) retires.
He fell short of earning the title ‘President Romney’ in 2012, but if the right cards fall in place we may be calling the ex-Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate ‘Senator Romney’ in 2019.
That’s according to a new, exclusive report from the political site UtahPolicy.com.
The site’s managing editor, Bryan Schott, wrote on Monday:
Sources tell UtahPolicy.com that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is preparing to run for Senate in 2018 if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to retire.
Sources close to Romney say the two-time presidential candidate will jump into the 2018 Utah Senate scrum if Hatch opts not to.
Romney most recently made waves with a Facebook post that sharply criticized President Trump for his responses to violence in Charlottesville. It was another twist in Romney’s strange relationship with Trump, which has teetered from blistering criticism of one another to a near-partnership where Romney would have served as Trump’s secretary of state.
It’s unclear how Trump and his team would react to a Romney run for Senate. After Romney’s most recent criticism, though, some in Trump’s anti-establishment circles may sponsor a challenger. Politico reported on Sunday that Steve Bannon is looking to oust several GOP incumbents he sees as disloyal to Trump or his agenda.
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