Mitt Romney Will Headline Two Conferences This Week, But Will He Announce?
Mitt Romney will be making two public appearances in Utah this week — as speculation over his political future reaches a fever pitch.
Romney will be a keynote speaker at the Salt Lake Chamber's annual Utah Economic Outlook and Policy Summit on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Salt Lake City Marriott.
Later in the week, on Friday, he will speak at the annual tech summit hosted by Silicon Slopes alongside other big names like Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Gov. Gary Herbert. That event begins at 9 a.m. and is open only to registered members of the conference.
The former GOP presidential nominee has kept mostly mum on the topic of his political plans after Utah's longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch announced his retirement at the beginning of the month.
But in a New York Times article published Sunday, Romney has reportedly begun telling friends he plans to run for the open Senate seat later this year.
Kem Gardner, a Utah real estate developer, told the Times that he'd received a text message from Romney that simply said: "I'm running."
The report also said many Utah Republicans have mixed feelings about how a possible Senator Romney should handle his relationship with President Trump — if elected. In the past, Romney has been more critical of Trump's character.
The article quotes House Speaker Greg Hughes saying Romney should be an ally to the president. But Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox is quoted saying Romney could be more of a check to the executive branch, considering Trump's lukewarm popularity in Utah.