Romney Breaks Silence On Hatch Retirement - Raises More Questions Than Answers

Tribune Editorial Why Orrin Hatch is Utahn of the Year

Tribune Editorial Why Orrin Hatch is Utahn of the Year

Orrin Hatch, the most senior Republican in the Senate, announced Tuesday he intends to retire at the end of his term. But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves.

"That's why, after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I've chose to retire at the end of this term", Hatch said.

Hatch's retirement means an open seat race in his Republican-leaning state in this year's midterm election.

Hatch, 83, is the longest-serving GOP Senator in USA history, having first been elected in 1977. Hatch has served as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee since 2015.

Hatch's announcement rejuvenated already lively talk of a possible Romney return to the political arena. "He's playing the American public for suckers", Romney seethed in a fiery speech at the University of Utah in March, 2016. In a very statesman-like way, Romney said Hatch "represented the interests of Utah" with honor and distinction. He's the longest-serving Republican senator in USA history.

Just imagine what Bannon might say if Romney actually becomes a candidate for office.

A source who has always been close to Romney believes the former MA governor and GOP presidential nominee will run for Senate later this year.

After Hatch helped spearhead the passage of the GOP's tax reform bill last month, he effusively praised Trump at a White House celebration, calling him "a heck of a leader" and predicting that his presidency would be "the greatest. not only in generations, but maybe ever".

Romney was unaware of Hatchs decision and of late had been operating under the assumption that the senator would run again, not even bringing up the possibility of a campaign while skiing Monday with friends in Utah.

In 2000, Hatch sought the Republican nomination for president, saying he had more experience in Washington than his opponents and insisting he could work with Democrats.

Hatch frequently wrote religious songs and recorded music in his spare time as a way to relax from the stresses of life in Washington. One of his songs, "Unspoken", went platinum after appearing on "WOW Hits 2005", a compilation of Christian pop music.

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