Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) confirmed that he will soon announce whether he will seek reelection next year, saying that he plans to make a decision on his political future this fall.
On Monday, the failed Republican presidential candidate who went to Washington, D.C. to wage war against former President Donald J. Trump, a one-time ally turned bitter enemy, told a local news outlet in Salt Lake City that he has yet to decide if he’s running and that decision is forthcoming.
“I’ll be making that decision sometime this fall,” he told reporter Kristen McPeek of KUTV 2News during a public appearance. “Haven’t made a final decision yet, but my decision will be based on whether I think I can get things done for the people of Utah.”
(Video: YouTube/KUTV 2News)
“I don’t go to Washington to make noise. I go to Washington to get things done,” added Romney, a polarizing figure in the Trump-era GOP.
The former governor of ultra-liberal Massachusetts has infuriated conservatives for often siding with his Democrat friends on major issues, none more than the jihad against Trump, a man with whom he once enjoyed a warm relationship but has since been at the forefront of the Never Trump movement, joining the opposition party on the failed impeachments of the current 2024 GOP frontrunner.
“I’ll make my own decision based upon my assessment of what I would be able to accomplish in the second term,” Romney told The Wall Street Journal, adding that he finds making deals to be “fun and productive” even if it means breaking ranks with his party.
“Just because I’m alone doesn’t mean I’m wrong…You get to a point in life where it’s not like sitting alone in high school in the cafeteria,” he added.
The 76-year-old Romney’s pursuit of his vendetta against the former president has angered many Utah voters and if he does run, he will face a bruising primary challenge that will be a referendum on his alliance with Democrats to take down the immensely popular Trump.
One potential primary opponent for Romney, Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs recently took to Twitter/X to criticize the senator.
“Right now, the justice department has been weaponized, free speech is under attack, and we’re on a path to bankruptcy as a country,” he said. “Meanwhile, I hear Mitt Romney vocal on one thing, his hatred for Trump. Utah deserves better.”
Right now, the justice department has been weaponized, free speech is under attack, and we’re on a path to bankruptcy as a country.
Meanwhile, I hear Mitt Romney vocal on one thing, his hatred for Trump. Utah deserves better. pic.twitter.com/y9yj08vLQg
— Mayor Trent Staggs (@MayorStaggs) August 17, 2023
In a Monday interview with KUTV, Staggs said that Romney is “really indecisive” about whether he plans to seek reelection and has often been an absentee senator with state Republicans.
“I’m a state delegate. He hasn’t bothered to show up to the state conventions the last couple of years. In fact most recently at the Salt Lake County Convention that I chaired, he didn’t bother to show up,” Staggs told the outlet. “It’s more than just his voting record that I disagree with. It’s the way in which he represents Utahns.”
Romney, who gagged away a winnable election against Barack Obama in 2012, or as Trump put it “choked like a dog,” has consistently shown that he has much in common with Democrats, marching with Black Lives Matter as cities burned during the summer of 2020 and saddling up with the left-wing lynch mob for the impeachment circuses.
“I think he sucks,” one Utah voter, retiree Bob Kunze, is quoted by the Wall Street Journal, saying that Romney “votes with the Democrats all the time against Trump.”
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