Mitt Romney has been a thorn in the side of Donald Trump.
He led the pro-Hillary #NeverTrump movement during the campaign.
Now word has leaked out about Romney’s future. Will he take his anti-Trump act to Washington?
Rumors had been circulating that Utah Senator Orrin Hatch would retire and failed 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would run to succeed him.
Romney would then lead the establishment charge against Donald Trump in the Senate.
UtahPolicy.com has been told by various sources that U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is leaning against running for re-election in 2018, and will likely retire. The second part of the rumor is that Mitt Romney is very likely to seek Hatch’s seat.
Of course, it can always be the case that Hatch could change his mind and seek re-election, UtahPolicy is told.
He clearly is waiting out the field – by not announcing his intentions, by not actually starting a campaign – he is keeping other legitimate GOP candidates from announcing, or starting a campaign. Some prospective candidates are becoming impatient and a little irritated that Hatch hasn’t announced his plans.
But Hatch shot down those rumors.
“Sen. Orrin Hatch hasn’t made a final decision about whether he’ll run for reelection, but he’s adamant about one thing: Mitt Romney is not running for his Senate seat.
On Wednesday the website UtahPolicy floated the likelihood that the 83-year old Utah Republican would retire and Romney would run to replace him. That prompted pushback from the GOP’s most senior senator, who is also in the line of presidential succession.
“I’ve talked to Mitt Romney. He’s not going to run for this seat. I would be glad for him if he would,” Hatch told reporters.
Asked if Romney is not running because Hatch will run for an eighth term, Hatch responded: “No. I’ve chatted with Mitt, and he’s not going to run for the Senate.”
Conservatives would be disturbed if Romney ran for the Senate.
During the 2016 campaign, he attacked Donald Trump more stridently than he ever did Barack Obama in 2012.
He smeared Trump as a “con man” and a “phony”.
Romney even flirted with endorsing a third party candidate to try and sap votes from Trump and ensure Hillary Clinton’s defeat.
But his #NeverTrump movement was just as monumental a failure as his Presidential campaign.
After the election, it was rumored he was the front runner for the Secretary of State position.
He was passed over for that job.
Mitt Romney’s political career has been defined by failure.
Conservatives are breathing a sigh of relief he will not run for Senate and work against Donald Trump’s agenda.