For just over a year, Utah has been represented in the Senate by failed 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Now, some in the state party apparatus want that to change.
Local Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV reports that the Utah Republican Party is currently weighing three potential resolutions targeting Romney in the aftermath of his vote to convict President Trump on one of the two counts of impeachment lodged against him by the House.
One of the proposed measures expresses support for the Senate’s impeachment acquittal of President Trump earlier this month. A second resolution declares support for legislation that would permit the recall of a sitting senator, and a third measure demands Romney’s immediate resignation, according to the Daily Caller. Reports suggest that the resolutions could be voted on as early as Feb. 29.
Romney incurred widespread criticism from many on the right when he voted to convict the president on the charge that he abused his power by allegedly pressuring Ukraine to launch a probe into possible corruption involving Joe and Hunter Biden.
“The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a ‘high crime and misdemeanor.’ Yes, he did,” Romney argued at the time.
It wasn’t the first time that the moderate Republican has had harsh words for Trump. During the 2016 campaign, he warned, “If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into a prolonged recession.”
“Here’s what I know,” he continued. “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”
Romney later added, “He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.” What’s more, the former Massachusetts governor argued that a Trump nomination would enable Hillary Clinton to claim victory.
Singing a different tune
Curiously, none of that prevented Romney from courting Trump’s endorsement during his own presidential bid four years earlier.
“Being in Donald Trump’s magnificent hotel and having his endorsement is a delight,” then-candidate Romney effused at the time. “I’m so honored and pleased to have his endorsement.”
“Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works to create jobs for the American people. He’s done it here in Nevada. He’s done it across the country,” Romney added approvingly
Curiously, Romney wasn’t averse to taking a position within Trump’s cabinet, either. Shortly after the 2016 election, Romney was in talks with then-President-elect Trump about possibly serving as secretary of State, a position for which he was ultimately not chosen. Sour grapes anyone?