Sen. Orrin Hatch( R-Utah) announced here Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018 and will retire after invited to take part in Congress for the past 42 years.
” When the president called Utah last month, he said I was a fighter. I’ve always been a fighter. I was an amateur boxer in my boy, and I accompanied that fighting feel with me to Washington ,” Hatch, 83, said in a video posted on Twitter.” But every good fighter knows when to hang up the mitts. And for me, that time is soon approaching .”
— Senator Hatch Office (@ senorrinhatch) January 2, 2018
Hatch has been a strong advocate of President Donald Trump and his seat could be sought after by someone who has publicly criticized the president: Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
During the 2016 general elections, Romney announced Trump a “phony” and a “fraud” in a high-profile lecture where tried to persuade voters to impede him from earning the Republican nomination.
“His predicts are as meaningless as a certain degree from Trump University, ” he said during the speech. “He’s playing the American world for chumps: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a crappy hat.”
Although there have been rumors of a Romney Senate run in 2018, the former minister of Massachusetts has not address publicly about a campaign. In a Facebook post, he thanked Hatch for his assistance, announcing him a friend.