SALT LAKE CITY — Deseret News Opinion editor Hal Boyd writes today in the National Review about what a Senate run could mean for Mitt Romney, and for the country.
Boyd writes that Romney’s political career has required the former Massachusetts governor to appeal to other constituents, politicians and voters.
His reputation as a problem solver during the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City led him to become governor of Massachusetts. But his ideological appeals plagued him in the 2012 presidential election.
But Romney, as a senator, wouldn’t have to care about appeasing people in congress or Washington. He could act in a way that would be better for the country and all Americans, Boyd writes.
With such freedom, he could find solutions for the entire nation.
“A Senator Mitt Romney would no longer need to flatter. He would no longer need to pander, jockey for position, or map out some future bid for higher office,” the article, written for the conservative magazine, states. “Rather, he would at last be free to find solutions to the nation’s challenges with the backing of a base that seems to trust him far more than most. After a career spent straining to reassure an unending string of wary constituencies, that would be a relief.”
Read more at National Review.
Romney has been quiet about running for senator of Utah, even though rumors have speculated that he will, if current Sen. Orrin Hatch retires. Hatch has been coy about whether or not he’ll end his career in Washington.
Most recently, lawmakers who support a Romney run in Utah hope he will start campaigning if Hatch retires, as stated in this Deseret News article.
"We should be electing the best of us, the best morally, politically and professionally. Gov. Romney fits that bill," Sen. Dan Hemmert, R-Orem, told the Deseret News. "We'd be lucky to have Mitt Romney represent us as a U.S. senator."