On Tuesday, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) one of the oldest serving members of Congress announced that he would NOT be seeking reelection in 2018.
“When the president visited Utah last month, he said I was a fighter. I’ve always been a fighter. I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and I’ve brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington, but every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching.”
At 83, and after more than 40 years as Senator from Utah Hatch is finally hanging up his gloves…
President Trump is likely unhappy with the news, as he’d long been pressing Hatch to run for reelection. Hatch has been one of the President’s fiercest supporters in Congress and though Hatch is often seen as a “mild-mannered” politician, he’d shown moments of fiery indignation when forced to defend President Trump or GOP policies over the last year. The senior Senator from Utah had obviously grown tired of dealing with fallacious Democrat arguments and their corresponding ad hominem attacks.
Now, he’ll no longer need to deal with them.
However, as upset as President Trump might be… someone else may be equally excited.
Romney has long been considered the likely candidate to replace Hatch in the Senate, which could explain why the President has been so vocal about hoping Hatch would continue in his role for the foreseeable future. Romney has been an adversary of the President since before his election, and he has continued to vocally oppose him even as Trump’s agenda has gone forward.
Immediately after Hatch’s announcement, Romney took to Facebook to thank him for his service to the state of Utah and our nation.
I join the people of Utah in thanking my friend, Senator Orrin Hatch for his more than forty years of service to our great state and nation. As Chairman of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees and as the longest-serving Republican Senator in U.S. history, Senator Hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor. Ann and I wish Senator Orrin Hatch and his loving wife Elaine all the best in their future endeavors.
Hatch’s resignation clears the path for Romney to return to the political arena but the question is… will he deliver support for the President’s agenda or will he continue with his anti-Trump behavior and rhetoric?
CNBC’s Larry Kudlow has more thoughts on Hatch’s retirement and what it means for the rest of us.