Sean Reyes, the Utah Attorney General, is an ally to former President Donald Trump and plans to make Mitt Romney his primary candidate for Utah’s Senate seat in 2024.
Politico reported that Reyes was discussing the possibility of running with state political figures and Trump supporters and allies.
A source for the outlet who is close to Reyes said he is “very seriously considering running” regardless of what Romney decides to do in 2024.
“He’s confident that regardless of what Senator Romney wants to do, he’s going to pursue this,” they told Politico.
Utah AG Sean Reyes prepares to run for the Senate in 2024, which could put him up against Mitt Romney during a GOP primary.
Reyes backed Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 results and has been elected statewide three times.
— POLITICO (@politico) March 16, 2022
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Sean Reyes May Challenge Mitt Romney in 2024
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Romney will have a few options for the election of 2024.
An April poll showed that Senator Romney is running even with Ted Cruz, a Republican senator. 4% of voters voted for Ted Cruz in the election.
Although this number would not be as high as Trump’s 53% in the poll, it could still win him some votes.
Another poll one month earlier shows 64% of Republicans in Utah disapprove of Romney’s job performance, including half who strongly disapprove.
The Senator was subject to boos from over 2000 Republican delegate at the Utah Republican State Convention last spring.
ICYMI – Here’s Romney being booed.pic.twitter.com/x7BVX2X5i9
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 3, 2021
The Republican Party in Weber County, Utah, issued a formal censure of Romney for his multiple votes to convict Trump during his impeachment trials.
Trump issued a statement around that time calling the Utah senator “a stone-cold loser!”
BREAKING NEWS: Trump’s statement about Mitt Romney being booed this weekend at the Utah Republican State Convention pic.twitter.com/HhqHBdQIRa
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 3, 2021
RELATED: Mitt Romney Blames ‘America First,’ Jabs Trump, Obama In Statement On Russia Invasion Of Ukraine
Romney’s Odd Behavior
Politico describes Sean Reyes as “a Trump loyalist” and reports that he’s met with the former President on two occasions “and each time Trump encouraged him to run against Romney.”
“When he meets with Trump, the only thing that comes up is ‘Will you run against Romney? You must run for Romney. Get that guy out,’” their source is quoted as saying.
Reyes backed Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results.
Romney, confidently answering questions about running against Reyes said yes to the challenge.
“Were I to decide to run again, the best news I could get would be that Sean Reyes was my opponent,” he said laughing and walking away.
Romney shares the story about Utah AG planning to primary Romney in 2024 @burgessev:
“Were I to run again, the best news I could get would be that Sean Reyes was my opponent.” He laughed and walked off. w/ @dlippman https://t.co/kxrmI9DI46
— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) March 16, 2022
Romney is often referred to as moderate or center-right and has engaged in extreme commentary and behaviour of late.
He blamed the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the Trump-touted concept of ‘America First.’
“Putin’s impunity predictably follows our tepid response to his previous horrors in Georgia and Crimea, our naive efforts at a one-sided ‘reset,’ and the shortsightedness of ‘America First,’” said Romney.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 24, 2022
Romney voted against the repeal of the transport mask mandate this week along with the Democrats.
Eight Democrats even had greater courage than Romney, and they voted for an end to the yearlong masquerade.
Guess the Republican Senator who voted for mask mandates to be kept on aircrafts yesterday.
You guessed it – Mitt Romney.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) March 16, 2022
He also engaged in truly extreme rhetoric, the likes of which you’d expect to hear “The View” or CNN, rather than a supposedly level-headed member of Congress, when he accused decorated Iraq War veteran and former Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard of being a Russian asset and spreading “treasonous lies.”
Tulsi Gabrield lies to the Russians. It could cost her lives to tell treasonous lies.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 13, 2022
Let’s not forget to mention that in 2020, Senator Romney was a part of a Black Lives Matter march on the White House.
Mitt Romney Participates in the Black Lives Matter Protest, Washington, D.C., As Trump mocks Him #PeopleNow pic.twitter.com/plcSzbYBJh
— PeopleTV (@peopletv) June 8, 2020
Romney was filmed marching with protesters while explaining that he was walking “to make sure that people understand that Black Lives Matter.”
“We need a voice against racism … we need many voices against racism and against brutality,” he said. “And we need to stand up and say black lives matter.”