It looks like Mitt Romney is definitely preparing for a Senate Run in 2018:
POLITICO – Mitt Romney is edging closer to a 2018 Senate run.
The former GOP presidential nominee is huddling with Utah’s class of GOP power brokers, contacting the state’s major political donors, and hitting the trail for candidates running in local races amid mounting speculation that the state’s longtime senator, Orrin Hatch, will retire. Romney is also raising money for House and Senate Republicans, winning him favor with GOP leaders ahead of a treacherous midterm election.
Last week, Romney attended a high-profile gala in Salt Lake City hosted by the Sutherland Institute, a prominent conservative think tank. The event drew a number of notable Utah political figures, including Sen. Mike Lee and Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser. Romney shared a table with former Gov. Mike Leavitt, a longtime supporter he’s been in touch with amid his deliberations. He also had a private conversation with the night’s featured speaker, conservative commentator Bill Kristol.
Kristol declined to say what the two discussed. But, he said, “Assuming Sen. Hatch retires, I hope Mitt runs. He’d be a very good senator.”
The Senate might seem like an unexpected landing place for the 70-year-old former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate. Yet those who’ve spoken with Romney in recent days are convinced he’s prepared to jump in. After falling short in his quest for the White House and then being passed over by President Donald Trump for secretary of state, friends say Romney still has unquenched political ambitions.
I don’t look forward to Senator Romney, however I’m not sure he’d be any worse than Senator Orrin Hatch.
In related news today…Romney just came out against Roy Moore with no ‘if the story is true’ caveat:
Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 10, 2017
Look I think this girl’s story sounds believable too, however we’re in the midst of political season when political hit jobs are known to be used against political opponents.
This is why yesterday I said that people should be skeptical of these claims, but that we can’t just dismiss them because we like Roy Moore. They could be true. But likewise I can’t just dismiss Roy Moore’s counter claim that the story if untrue. And if he’s right, he should sue.
I disagree with both Romney and McCain’s all out push for Moore to get out of the race. I think it’s speaks more of their anti-Moore motives than it does of this story.