What can Utah, U.S. expect from Mitt Romney in the Senate?

SALT LAKE CITY — A Boston political commentator has some thoughts about what Utahns could see from his old governor and their new U.S. senator.

WGBH News columnist David S. Bernstein wrote a column Wednesday titled, “Dear Utah … What To Expect When You’re Expecting Mitt Romney.”

“Been there, done that, as they say,” he wrote. “This is a friendly letter from Massachusetts — until this week, the only jurisdiction to ever elect Romney to any office.”

Jeffrey D. Allred

U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann shake hands during an election night event in Orem on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Massachusetts voters also rejected Romney once in his bid to unseat Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994.

Romney evened his election record Tuesday to 2-2, coasting to victory in Utah over Democratic Salt Lake County Council member Jenny Wilson. He said he was “humbled” by the support and vowed to represent the state with dignity, integrity and “in a manner that will make you proud.”

The Republican senator-elect will attend freshman orientation in Washington next week.

In the column, Bernstein offers a few observations from Romney’s term as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007.

“To be sure, Romney is a different guy now than he was when he was our governor,” he said. “Heck, given his predilection for convenient evolution, he’s probably a different guy now than he was a few months ago … “

Bernstein writes that as governor, Romney shunned blame for failures and took all the credit for things that went right, launched big projects that never came to fruition, effectively and quietly dispatched political enemies and showed that he “doesn’t really get people.”

Romney, he said, means well and there are reasons why he has had successes and why he has loyal followers. Among those traits is Romney’s genuine belief in himself as a good guy.

Utahns, he wrote, wont have to worry about Romney being on the take and that he won’t put up with scandal or misbehavior around him. Romney believes his political calculations are to put himself into a position to serve people better, Bernstein wrote.

“That’s not the worst thing in a politician,” Bernstein concluded. “Besides, if it doesn’t work out, he’ll probably just move on to another place and forget all about you. At least, that was our experience with Mitt Romney. Good luck!”

Romney didn’t seek a second term a Massachusetts to pursue the Republican nomination for president in 2008, losing to the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

After his 2012 presidential loss, Romney moved his primary residence to Utah. He jumped into the Senate race at the urging of retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, who he will replace.

Hatch tweeted Tuesday that Romney will “ensure Utah has a great seat at the table in the years to come.”

Romney identified balancing the federal budget, immigration reform and returning power to the states among his priorities. Though he will go to Washington as Utah’s junior senator, he will have instant credibility with his GOP colleagues.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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