If long time Utah Senator Orin Hatch ever makes the decision to retire, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is stepping up to fill that seat.
“For his part, Romney, who owns a house outside Salt Lake City, appears to be taking the potential Senate bid seriously. In addition to discussing it with Hatch and other party leaders in Utah, sources said Romney has spoken with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. According to two people with knowledge of the conversation, McConnell encouraged Romney to run if Hatch’s seat opens up, and sought to assure the former GOP presidential nominee that he would have more influence in the chamber than a typical junior senator…
But Senator Hatch is taking his sweet time making the decision to run. Which is making Romney’s official run get pushed back.
“Sources close to Romney say the two-time presidential candidate will jump into the 2018 Utah Senate scrum if Hatch opts not to…
“Dave Hansen, a longtime political advisor to Hatch, told UtahPolicy.com last month that he didn’t expect Hatch to decide on his political future until October. However, sources now tell UtahPolicy.com that Hatch may not make up his mind until December.
“Hatch’s reticence to make a definitive announcement is presenting other candidates from getting in the race, but Romney has the financial resources to mount a campaign no matter when Hatch decides…”
Romney is hoping Hatch just steps down sooner rather than later. But Hatch has received lots of support from President Trump. Romney needs to tread lightly around this seat of he wants to be his successor.