Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, will retire from the Senate at the end of this term, he announced Tuesday, a decision that will bring a decades-long congressional career to an end early next year.
Mr Romney didn't get the job - numerous Trump supporters spoke out against him - but now the Republican elder statesman has another chance at power. After cycling through his accomplishments and the praise he has received from President Trump, Hatch called himself a "fighter", but also acknowledged "every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves".
Hatch's retirement opens the door for Republican Mitt Romney to run for his seat, as has been rumoured in recent weeks. Last month, Trump flew with Hatch on Air Force One to Utah for a day of events that was aimed entirely at lobbying the senator to run again. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University", Romney warned in 2016 in a speech in Utah.
2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney just dropped his biggest hint yet that he plans to run for Senate in Utah this year. Republicans on that committee led the Senate effort to overhaul the tax system which passed last month, the only major legislative accomplishment of the GOP Congress.
The president has had Mr. Romney on his mind. Over golf, Trump asked Sen.
"It would be hard to defeat Mitt Romney if he were running here", said David Hansen, a longtime Utah Republican strategist and chairman of Mr. Hatch's political organization.
Romney famously met with Trump after the 2016 presidential election for a "wonderful" dinner while under consideration for a cabinet position, but mostly, the establishment Republican has been a staunch critic of the president.
The former MA governor called Mr Trump "a fraud" during last year's White House campaign.
Romney, who last served in government as the governor of MA from 2003 through 2007, has been rumored for months to be planning a run for the seat held by longtime Republican Sen. "If he doesnt, the voters should end it for him", the editorial concluded.