Is it right for someone who has lived most of the life in one state to suddenly more to another state and in just a few years expect the people of the new state to vote them into Congress? That’s what Hillary Clinton did after her husband moved out of the White House. The Clinton’s moved to New York where she was almost immediately voted to a Senator from the Big Apple State.
Following suit, Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, moved to Utah about five years and is now trying to become the US Senator from Utah. He hoped to garner the outright nomination of the Republican Party in Utah but he failed and is now forced to run against a Republican opponent in the primary election.
(The Salt Lake Tribune) – After 11 hours of political elbowing and shoving at the Utah Republican Convention — held appropriately at a hockey arena — delegates forced Mitt Romney into a primary election against state Rep. Mike Kennedy in the U.S. Senate race.
In fact, Kennedy — a doctor and lawyer — finished in first place at the convention with 51 percent of the vote to Romney’s 49 percent. The former GOP presidential nominee fell far short of the 60 percent needed to clinch the nomination outright.
Freshman Rep. John Curtis suffered the same fate as Romney, pushed into a primary against former State Rep. Chris Herrod, an ultraconservative who made his reputation on a tough anti-illegal immigration stance. But Curtis, who has been in office just five months after winning last year’s special election, at least won 59 percent of the vote, just missing the 60 percent threshold.
Before the people of Utah go to the polls, they need to remember that Romney played a key role in establishing a state-run healthcare program in Massachusetts that was partially used as a basis for the Affordable Care Act. Is that a good thing or not? If elected, could Romney play a role in the US Senate to finally replace Obamacare with a workable plan?