I’m a bit late on this but as I mentioned in the comments?
This makes the Utah US Senate seat Mitt Romey’s to lose….
Romeny polls better than Hatch and Trump in the state…
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Finance Committee chairman, President Pro Tempore of the Senate and longest-serving Republican senator, announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of this term, his seventh.
Why it matters: Mitt Romney has been considering a run in the event Hatch retires. President Trump had urged Hatch to seek re-election, in part to block Romney. Romney has moved from “willing to run” to “wanting to run” in recent weeks, MSNBC’s Garrett Haake reports. He released a statement on Hatch’s retirement Tuesday, but did not comment on running for the open seat….
This announcement is a week after a major Utah newspaper Op-Ed asked Hatch to step down…
Hatch’s retirement is sure to set off all sorts of moves among Republican senior Senator’s according to RollCall….
A move back to leading the Finance panel in the final two years of President Donald Trump’s first term could be appealing to Grassley. But with scores of appellate court seats to fill, along with the potential for additional Supreme Court nominations, he might well choose to continue on the Judiciary Committee.
Should Grassley go to Finance, it would be Sen. Lindsey Graham on deck at Judiciary. A former campaign adversary of Trump, the South Carolina Republican has emerged as a vocal supporter of the president. He also brings a legal background as a former military lawyer, serving as an instructor for the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School and as a judge.
Graham has become a frequent golfing partner for Trump at the president’s course in Northern Virginia and elsewhere.
If Grassley were to opt to remain atop the Judiciary Committee, the next man in line at Finance would be Michael D. Crapo of Idaho. The current Banking chairman would likely be replaced in that role by Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey….