Mitt Romney Makes 1 Change to His Twitter Account That All But Guarantees a Senate Run


This signal’s tough to miss.

When longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch announced his coming retirement from the Senate this week, it sparked an immediate guessing game in the political media over whether former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was going to step into the vacancy.

Thanks to a change Romney made to his Twitter account, that guessing game might have been answered.

As The Daily Caller, Bloomberg  and other media reported, Romney changed the location on his Twitter profile almost immediately after word of Hatch’s decision spread.

Bloomberg posted what it described as a screenshot of Romney’s Twitter account taken at 3:12 Eastern Standard Time, side by side with a screen shot of Romney’s current account.

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Here are the two. The screenshot of Romney’s current account below was clipped on Thursday morning.

That makes it pretty clear that the former governor of Massachusetts wants the world to know that he’s switched his allegiance from the Bay State to the Beehive State.

And that should get things humming in Utah politics as the state looks to replace Hatch, a senator whose name has become almost synonymous with Utah in the 40 years he’s served.

Romney hasn’t officially announced his intentions, though an anonymous “adviser” told The New York Times he will make an announcement in the coming weeks.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, he simply saluted Hatch’s service to the state.

“As chairman of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees and as the longest-serving Republican senator in US history, Senator Hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor,” Romney wrote. “Ann and I wish Senator Orrin Hatch and his loving wife Elaine all the best in their future endeavors.”

What all this means for American politics outside of Utah is difficult to predict at this point.

While there’s no doubt President Donald Trump would have preferred Hatch remain in the Senate, there’s little doubt the seat will remain in Republican hands.

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If he does take Hatch’s seat, Romney’s guaranteed a spot in the headlines for years to come. The loser of the 2012 presidential election might not be a favorite of Trump supporters – he pretty much embodies the Republican “establishment” – but he is a recognized power in the GOP and a man Trump could likely work with, no matter how bitter their relationship got during the presidential primary campaign.

Remember, he was even mentioned as a secretary of state candidate during the Trump transition period. Even if that wasn’t serious, it was a sign the two men could get at least try to get along.

Whatever happens, though, Romney’s very public change of location in his Twitter account is a tough signal to miss.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.