Two weeks ago, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) made it clear that he is considering running for an eighth term next year. The Senator, first elected in 1976, is the second longest-serving Republican Senator in US history. The overall seniority record holder, with more than 51 years in office, is the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV). According to an article published in the local Salt Lake City Tribune, Sen. Hatch outlined a scenario under which he might retire. The Senator celebrated his 83rd birthday last week.
Responding to an interview question, Sen. Hatch said that he might step aside if “(I) could get an outstanding person to run for my position…” He indicated that such a person would be former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and further said that the two have discussed the idea. Mr. Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts, now resides in Utah. This developing situation merits further attention.
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