Sen. Romney? Maybe, In Utah

Caroline Beck
April 8, 2017

McConnell, whose reputation for tactical acumen only grew with the culmination of his plan to put a conservative on the Supreme Court through extraordinary measures, continues to back longtime Utah Senator Orrin Hatch if he wants the seat.

Hatch, who's 83 years old and the longest serving Republican in the Senate, is losing popularity among Utah voters, and the state's Republican leaders and donors are privately urging him to retire.

Hatch floated Romney as a possible successor in an interview with National Journal last week, saying the former MA governor "would be flawless".

While Romney did not run for president in 2016, he stayed in the national spotlight by giving a blistering speech criticizing then-candidate Donald Trump.

While Romney, now 70, called Belmont, Massachusetts home for many years, he has longstanding ties to Utah and has lived primarily in his house near Salt Lake City since 2015.

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In this photo taken November 19, 2016, Mitt Romney talks to media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has reached out to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about possibly running for the Senate, if a vacancy opens in Utah.

"I've had some conversations with Mitt Romney", McConnell told reporters.

McConnell says he would support Hatch if he wants to run again. In 2010, Hatch's good friend, the late Utah Sen.

His son Josh Romney is also seen as a potential candidate for office in Utah.

Hatch's seat is up for re-election in 2018. Hatch is going to run again or not. "And I think that's what this is all about", Evans said. "It's just hard to figure that out", Evans said.

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