Senator Mitt Romney (R-Ut.) was one of President Trump’s main critics from within the Republican Party during his presidency. Romney voted to impeach President Trump after the unrest at the Capitol on January 6th. Romney also voted to convict Trump for ‘abuse of power’ in 2020 after he was accused of withholding aid to Ukraine so that they would investigate Joe Biden’s corrupt son, Hunter Biden.
There are rumors circulating that Romney will retire after his current Senate term finishes up in 2024.
One factor that might contribute to his decision to retire is that Utah’s Attorney General, Sean Reyes, is discussing primarying him if he doesn’t. Reyes supported Trump’s effort to contest the 2020 election results and his been one of his most steadfast supporters in Utah.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who backed Donald Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results, is preparing for a 2024 Senate run that could pit him against Sen. Mitt Romney in a GOP primary.
Reyes, who has been elected statewide three times, in recent weeks has discussed the matter with key players in Utah politics and with allies of the former president, according to a person who is familiar with Reyes’ plans. Reyes will make a final decision and likely announce his intentions in May.
“Sean is very seriously considering running, regardless if Mitt runs or not,” the person said. “He’s confident that regardless of what Sen. Romney wants to do, he’s going to pursue this.”
Romney hasn’t publicly discussed his 2024 plans. The 75-year-old former GOP presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor is being encouraged by some anti-Trump Republicans to run again for president, though multiple political operatives in Utah believe Romney is likely to retire from politics at the end of his current Senate term.