Reports are coming in that Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican currently serving Utah, announced on Tuesday that he wishes to retire at the end of his term, according to The Hill.
The announcement came in a video posted via Twitter. The announcement also comes as a major blow to President Trump, who has publicly encouraged the Utah Republican to run again for re-election. Indeed, President Trump has found a very powerful ally in Senator Hatch, who played an important role in ensuring the success of the Republican tax reform effort in the US Senate.
According to Trump, who once praised the senator in a speech in Salt Lake, Utah, Hatch is a "true fighter."
Hatch, 83, has provided several indicators that he will be running for another term in 2018. However, despite these indications, he is now claiming that he will retire in January of 2019.
“When the President visited Utah last month, he said I was a fighter. I’ve always been a fighter. I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and I brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington. But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching,” the Utah Republican said.
He continued, “That’s why, after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I’ve decided to retire at the end of this term.”
According to Roll Call, Hatch is currently serving as the chairman of the influential Finance Committee and is currently a senior member of the Judiciary Committee.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate, has been touted a top potential candidate for the race. Romney currently owns a home in Utah, where the majority of the population are Mormons, the same religion as the former Republican presidential candidate. It is anticipated that Romney will win if he decides to run.
You can watch the video at the link below.
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