Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah has reportedly told friends and allies in his home state that he will retire at the end of his term next year, and that former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney will run for his seat.
Five anonymous sources with knowledge of Hatch and Romney’s thinking spoke to the Atlantic, revealing that the timing of the official announcements has not yet been finalized. The Atlantic previously reported that Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, was exploring a senate bid with advisers, friends, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Senator Hatch’s retirement would be welcome by conservatives. In 2012, he promised that this would be his last term in the United States Senate. His voting record in this last term has been disastrous, having voted to fund Obamacare, to give amnesty to illegal aliens in the Gang of 8 bill, and to raise the debt ceiling repeatedly as Congress spends the country into oblivion.
A spokesman for Hatch disputed the report of his retirement.
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