Mitt Romney is more than a confused man, he’s troubled. Plagued with the inability to gain his footing in the national political arena, he concocted a plan to claim Utah as his home state and make a run for the US Senate seat of Orin Hatch.
It’s doubtful Romney has fully recovered from his defeat by Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential election. In fact, he choked big time on national television in a series of unexplainable blunders.
Now he wants Utah’s Republicans to usher him into the Senate seat of long admired Orin Hatch. Worse, he wants Utah conservatives and moderate GOP establishment to believe he is somehow the solution to big government woes.
Many Utah voters see Romney as a carpet bagger with a big bank account. Romney is viewed by skeptics as a kind of political relic attempting a last-ditch run at national office. Mitt is no spring chicken and his motives for seeking a Senate seat is puzzling.
Then too, some Utah conservatives have valid reasons to distrust Romney, and here they are.
Romney is the Godfather of Government Healthcare
It was Governor Mitt Romney who implemented the now infamous government-run healthcare program for the State of Massachusetts.
Romney has always claimed that his liberal healthcare program in Massachusetts should not be compared to Obamacare since the former is a state program and not a Washington, DC mandated program. During his 2012 run for President, true conservatives who have always rejected government intrusion into healthcare remained deeply skeptical.
Setting aside the constitutional issues with mandated government healthcare, Mitt’s Massachusetts experiment nearly broke the bank. It was a debacle of sorts. Despite Romney’s valiant attempt to draw a distinction between his state-run, state-mandated healthcare program and its Washington counterpart, Romney succeeded in being labeled the Godfather of government-run healthcare.
Romney should not be Utah’s next Senator because he forfeited his already skimpy conservative credentials by supporting government healthcare for all.
Even his predecessor, Orin Hatch, rejected Obamacare outright.
Romney is from Michigan and Massachusetts
Other than owning a home in Utah, and his obvious personal commitment to and leadership in the LDS faith, Is Mitt Romney a bonafide Utah resident? Does he breathe the same air as Utah’s conservative who believe in free markets, personal responsibilities and limited, as in tiny, government?
Mitt Romney was born in Michigan on March 12, 1947, to father George and mother Lenore, the later being from Logan, Utah. His father became Governor of Michigan and made a losing bid for President, something that reportedly troubled and disillusioned young Mitt to the point that he registered as an Independent and voted for Paul Tsonges, a renown liberal socialist.
During his 1994 campaign against Senator Ted Kennedy Romney made a profound statement in an attempt to distance himself from the conservative positions of Ronald Reagan.
I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I’m not trying to take us back to Reagan-Bush. – Mitt Romney
Conservatives do not know who Mitt Romney is. He appears to be a Michigan moderate and a Massachusetts liberal. He certainly is not a Utah conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan. Michigan and Massachusetts were always the cultures where Mitt felt politically comfortable.
Romney lost to Ted Kennedy by a 58% to 41% margin. Romney, always seeking the perfect political waters, has lost more elections than he has won.
In order to win the Governor’s seat in Massachusetts Romney showed no signs of conservatism. He played the moderate and he played it well. In order to curb the deficits in Massachusetts, Romney, to his credit, cut spending, while raising taxes. In 2006, Romneycare became law, requiring most citizens to buy health insurance or incur tax penalties.
I was not until Mitt Romney was an abortion advocate, conveniently changing his mind during various campaigns. In 2006 Mitt Romney was ranked 48th of 50 US Governors, having a 34% approval rating.
While bouncing back and forth between Michigan and Massachusetts, Romney made two unsuccessful runs for President in 2008 and 2016.
Romney is not a Conservative Choice for Utah’s Senate Seat
Despite owning a couple of homes in Utah, Romney is not a conservative. Mitt’s successes as a business leader and savior of the 2002 Olympic Games is impeccable.
Mit Romney is looking for something do, a place where he can finalize his legacy. He has always dreamed of Washington, DC.
Mitt is, at best, a Republican in name only (“RINO”), and this would make him comfortable with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He would do well in the DC swamp and while there he would do harm to Utah.
Utah conservatives should remind themselves that it was Mitt Romney who indicated he might vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson for President in 2016.
Now, Mitt Romney wants the people of the great State of Utah to send him to Washington, DC as their next Senator. Evidently, Utah votes were not convinced that Romney should be elected. He failed to secure the necessary votes in the Primary and now faces a runoff with Mike Kennedy, a lesser known but perhaps better qualified to be Utah’s next Senator.
In my opinion, Mitt Romney is not a dedicated servant of he people of Utah, he’s more likely just a wealthy carpet bagger.
Donald Teel is the Founder and Editor of iVoteAmerica® and the State Editor for iVoteUtah.com. He has been an Arizona resident since 1960. He is a commercial real estate broker, private pilot, photographer and avid reader of America’s history.
Donald is an avid reader of history, theology, and all things political. As the Founder of iVoteAmerica, his vision for “The Next Generation of Conservatives®” includes the involvement of citizens in all 50-states.