Utah Senate GOP Candidate Speaks Out On Romney Retirement

During a radio interview on Saturday, Utah Senate candidate Trent Staggs (R) celebrated Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) recent retirement announcement — noting that the state is ready for an “America First” candidate.

On Wednesday, Romney announced that he would not be seeking reelection. The two-time failed Republican presidential candidate made the announcement in a video posted to his YouTube channel, where he touted his supposed accomplishments in office — which included supposed “bipartisan” legislation such as emergency COVID funding — and attacked both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

After the announcement, critics on both sides of the aisle celebrated Romney’s retirement — as the Utah senator was heavily criticized by members of both parties for a variety of reasons. Many on the right were speculating that it was unlikely that Romney would be able to win his primary, suggesting that he would face a similar fate to his colleague — former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who lost her primary in a landslide after voting to impeach Trump, which Romney also did.

Staggs, the mayor of Riverton, Utah, was seen as the candidate to beat Romney in the GOP primary. Now, he has the opportunity to secure the nomination without having to battle with Romney in the primary.

In his interview with Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle, Staggs noted that Romney’s retirement gives Utah the chance to turn away from the outgoing senator’s establishment-leaning politics toward electing an “America First” candidate.

“Utah is ready once again for an America First candidate, I’ve been traveling this state since I’ve announced my candidacy and we’ve given folks an alternative. An alternative to Mitt Romney, his establishment elitist type of ruling, and we’ve got an opportunity to bring somebody who truly understands the people,” Staggs argued.

Staggs recently received the endorsement of Trump ally and former acting director of national intelligence Ric Grenell, as well as endorsements of Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and the Fraternal Order of Police — which represents more than 70% of Utah police. He also noted that former Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is scheduled to visit him on Monday.

He went on to note that, as a senator, he would “champion” the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act — which is designed to rein in federal regulations that have been enacted without congressional approval.

Staggs discussed the House’s recently announced impeachment inquiry against Biden, noting that he believes the Biden family “truly is a crime family.”

The interview also delved into the issue of Ukraine, with Staggs condemning Biden and Congress — especially Romney — for sending $130 billion to Ukraine, while Romney refused to work with then-President Trump on funding a border wall.