Utah Senator Mitt Romney got some bad news from a top ally of former President Donald Trump. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is getting ready to mount a primary challenge to Mitt.
Reyes has been elected statewide three times and would be a formidable opponent for Romney in 2024. According to new media reports, Reyes has been talking to the leading people in Utah politics and with allies of the former president to test the waters for a run.
He will most likely make a decision as soon as May in what would be a very expensive race. With Trump’s backing, Reyes could get the cash while Romney has piles of his own. “Sean is very seriously considering running, regardless if Mitt runs or not. He’s confident that regardless of what Sen. Romney wants to do, he’s going to pursue this” a source said.
“I guarantee Trump will come up with somebody,” said Carson Jorgensen, chair of the Utah Republican Party. “There’s enough vitriol there that no matter if Trump is running for president, he will run a candidate against Romney.”
“Romney is keeping pretty tight-lipped” about his plans too.
“Nobody really knows. I’ve asked and I’ve pestered,” Jorgensen said. “There’s just no sense or feeling of it.”
“There isn’t a Republican candidate in the country who isn’t seeking the support of President Trump,” said spokesperson Taylor Budowich.
“Mitt Romney will be replaced in 2024 by a champion for America First, that goes without question — he abandoned Utah and caved to the Radical Left.”
“That isn’t something I’m prepared to decide yet or communicate,” Mitt said.
“But were I to decide to run again, the best news I could get would be that Sean Reyes was my opponent.”
“There would be no one else better in the state of Utah for a Trump endorsement, and Sean would certainly pick up other endorsements besides Trump,” said Mike Deaver, a Republican strategist.
“And that’s kind of his appeal too — he’s so willing to work across the aisles and has relationships in D.C. He has done so many things that originate from Utah that have national consequences.”
From The Western Journal:
Polling in 2020 pinned Mitt Romney with a poor 39% approval rating, with nearly double the amount of Democrats approving of his job performance over Republicans.
Romney voted to impeach former President Donald Trump two times, becoming the first Senator to vote to impeach a president of his own party in 2020.
Romney would go on to vote to impeach Trump even after he left office in 2021. Both impeachment attempts failed.
It’s likely Trump would provide strong support for any Republican candidate who moves to primary Romney in 2024, with the history of antagonism and insult exchanges between the two men well-documented.
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