The chairman of the Utah Republican Party is openly castigating Mitt Romney as incompatible with state conservatives.
It is surprising to me that any official in the Utah Republican Party would openly say bad things about Mitt Romney. Perhaps there was a more Trump-friendly Republican who was planning to run for the Senate seat and some are unhappy that Romney is pre-empting him or her. A more likely possibility is that Republicans want some commitment that he will work with Trump and is pressuring him to make such a commitment.
Who can forget how Romney went after Trump during his run for President?
The Washington Times reports, “Mitt Romney’s Senate run threatens to divide GOP.”
Mitt Romney is poised to kick off his campaign for Utah’s open U.S. Senate seat Thursday in a race that already is shaping up to be deeply divisive for the Republican Party.
Utah Republican Party Chairman Rob Anderson called Mr. Romney a carpetbagger who is out of touch with the state’s conservative voters and at odds with the party’s leader, President Trump.
“I think he’s keeping out candidates that I think would be a better fit for Utah because, let’s face it, Mitt Romney doesn’t live here, his kids weren’t born here, he doesn’t shop here,” Mr. Anderson told The Salt Lake Tribune.
Mr. Anderson also aired concerns that Mr. Romney “has never been a Trump supporter.”
The criticism sapped some of the energy Mr. Romney and his allies were trying to build around his bid for the seat of Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, the Senate’s most senior Republican, who is retiring at the end of this year.
Mr. Romney, 70, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, lost what party leaders thought would be a winnable election.[…]
If Mr. Romney wins the party’s nomination, he could create problems for the Republican National Committee, which is chaired by Mr. Romney’s niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel, but takes its marching orders from Mr. Trump and the White House.
The New York Times and other news outlets reported that Mrs. McDaniel stopped using the Romney name after Mr. Trump jokingly suggested that she would be better off without it in her professional life.
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