Orin Hatch Retirement Rumors Grow

Oct 28, 2017

Senator Orin Hatch of Utah may retire at the end of his current term which expires in early January 2019. A spokesman for Senator Hatch “did not outright deny the report.” “Senator Hatch is focused on leading the Senate’s efforts to pass historic tax reform, confirming strong judges to courts around the country, and continuing to fight through the gridlock to deliver results for Utah. He has not made a final decision about whether or not to seek reelection, but plans to by the end of the year.” A possible candidate to replace Hatch would be former presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. “Sources close to both men said plans have already been set in motion for Hatch to retire and for Romney to run, but they cautioned that the timing of the announcements has not yet been finalized, and that either man could still change his mind.” Romney is an establishment Republican. He governed Massachusetts as a liberal Republican, supporting abortion. During the presidential campaign, Romney spoke out in opposition to President Trump. Considering Steve Bannon’s pledge to oppose establishment candidates, Romney will likely face strong opposition from conservatives.