Not wanting his election to be a coronation, Republicans challenge Romney to give Utah voters options.
Though they know they don’t have much of a chance, Republicans want to challenge Romney because they don’t believe an establishment politician is what Utah or the nation needs. At the very least, Mitt Romney should have to win an election rather than inherit a Senate seat as if it were a dynastic throne.
Here he is stumping for John Kasich:
The Associated Press reports, “Fearing a Utah ‘coronation’, 11 Republicans challenge Romney.”
Eleven Republicans stepped forward before a Thursday evening filing deadline to challenge former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the Utah Senate race, including a state lawmaker who says an “establishment insider” can’t fix problems in Washington.
Many of the candidates acknowledge the David-vs-Goliath nature of challenging the famous and popular Romney, but they say someone needs to keep the race to replace Republican Orrin Hatch from becoming a “coronation.”
“I think he’s just expecting to run away with this thing,” Republican candidate Sam Parker said. “There are really motivated individuals who are going to do their best to force their way into the conversation.”
Romney, who filed papers on Thursday to officially become a candidate, is pushing back against the criticism, saying he’s working to earn every vote and emphasizing his ties to Utah, where he’s made his home after losing the 2012 presidential election
“Almost wherever I go throughout the country, people just assume I’m from Utah,” Romney told reporters at the state Capitol after filing his paperwork.
He’s known in the state for reviving the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics after a bribery scandal and later becoming the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party.
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