EXCLUSIVE: The race to interchange retiring Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is gaining steam as one other candidate has tossed his hat into the fold, the primary for the reason that senator mentioned final week he would not run for re-election.
Talking with Fox Information Digital, Roosevelt, Utah Mayor Rod Hen, Jr., a Republican, ripped Romney’s tenure in workplace, arguing the senator did not do what he mentioned he would do when first elected in 2018.
“When Romney ran, he campaigned on conservative values and gave lots of people in our state hope,” Hen mentioned “Many believed he would combat for us, however in some ways he bought us out and didn’t hold his phrase.”
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Hen — who has served as Roosevelt’s mayor since 2018 — says he hopes to run a marketing campaign based mostly on the “spirit of small-town values” and “ideas of individualism, restricted authorities, and freedom.”
“We’ve loads of profession politicians in Washington serving their very own agenda,” he mentioned. “[Romney] was fast to march with radical teams like Black Lives Matter, when he ought to have been strolling down Foremost Road and speaking with small companies and dealing households struggling throughout our state.”
“My marketing campaign gained’t be about him or personalities, it will likely be about standing up for our God-given, constitutional freedoms and combating for working households, small companies, and on a regular basis people who find themselves struggling attributable to Joe Biden’s failed insurance policies.”
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Hen mentioned he grew up in excessive poverty, and that his household even needed to reside in a 10×20 foot shed after their residence was misplaced in a fireplace. Since then, he has constructed the oil and gasoline provide firm Paragon Oilfield Merchandise, which made him a multi-millionaire.
As Roosevelt’s mayor, Hen has made a reputation for himself as a staunch opponent of presidency mandates associated to the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to pushing to decrease taxes for its residents.
“I grew up with the assumption that in America you really can come from nothing and make what you need of your life,” he informed Fox. “I nonetheless put on boots and denims to work every single day. I’m somebody that understands the struggles of on a regular basis Utahns as a result of I’ve lived them.”
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Romney’s retirement has launched a frenzy of Republicans seeking to fill the seat with a extra conservative candidate. Utah Home Speaker Brad Wilson and Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs have signaled they had been launching major challenges in opposition to Romney earlier this yr, however Staggs is the one different candidate to have formally launched a marketing campaign for the seat.
Tim Ballard, the previous Division of Homeland Safety agent who impressed the hit movie “Sound of Freedom” mentioned Friday he was “very severely contemplating” a run for the seat.
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