Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson is readying a huge primary challenge against Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) next year. This is an important race to watch, because if Wilson can unseat Romney, it will take a key US Senate vote away from Chuck Schumer and the Democrats.
Wilson has some name recognition in Utah, and he has pulled in a record fundraising haul from small donors so far. As of this moment, Wilson has a campaign war chest that is more than three times as large as Romney’s.
Wilson launched his exploratory committee in April of this year. To date, he’s raked in $2.2 million in cash. That actually set a new record for the most money ever raised by a Republican Senate candidate in their first three months.
Mitt Romney has not announced whether he will run for reelection in 2024 yet, but as of mid-July, he only has $604,000 in his campaign coffers.
What Brad Wilson has accomplished thus far is something unprecedented in US Senate races. Newcomers usually face an uphill battle when it comes to challenging an incumbent, whether it’s a Democrat or Republican. To break a fundraising record like this in just a few months indicates that in 2024, Mitt Romney might be joining Liz Cheney on the permanent bench after the primary. Not that anyone will miss him.
Other than Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Cornyn (R-TX), it’s hard to imagine a more hated figure in Republican politics than Mitt Romney. As a reminder of just how awful Mitt Romney is, the only two Members of Congress who have ever been caught using fake social media accounts to anonymously attack President Trump are Mitt Romney, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
If your name is on a list with AOC’s, you’re probably not upholding many of the conservative principles that voters expect from you. The fact that Mitt Romney’s nom de guerre on Twitter was “Pierre Delecto” just makes it that much funnier.
Romney was so butt-hurt that President Trump didn’t appoint him as Secretary of State that he has never really recovered from it. His two vengeance votes on the fake Trump impeachments have forever stained him as a traitor to the America First movement. Only a liar or a person who is a total fraud and not a conservative at all could have voted for either one of those sham impeachments.
Many of us have never understood the fascination with Mitt Romney. He comes across as the guy who shows up at the factory one day in his limousine to fire your dad. He’s also a total wimp and might be the only Republican to ever lose a debate against CNN’s Candy Crowley. Sure, Barack Obama was on the debate stage with Romney and Crowley. But it was Crowley who dominated the debate stage and manhandled Mitt Romney in 2012, because he was too afraid to get his hands dirty by pushing back in the slightest.
Romney represents the surrender faction of the Republican Party that will always choose to lose gracefully, rather than fight and win for his constituents. Whenever the media or a Democrat in Congress pushes back against Romney, he clutches at his bowtie and exclaims, “Well, I never! We’re better than that! Everyone must remember that Black Lives Matter!”
We sincerely thought that after Romney lost the perfectly winnable 2012 race against Barack Hussein Obama that he would fade away into obscurity, as many losers do. Instead, he moved to Utah where he proceeded to get elected to the US Senate so he could embarrass his new home state to no end.
Recent polling shows that a slight majority of 51% of Utahns believe that Romney should not run for Senate again. Romney, of course, has been on the fence thus far, but insists that if he did run, he would totally win. Based on the fundraising disparity between Brad Wilson and Romney, it appears that the voters might have something to say about.
The nice thing about all of this is that MAGA voters seem to have gotten the message. We cannot continue re-electing the failed GOP losers of the past. Every Republican in Congress deserves a robust challenge from a more conservative, pro-America candidate. It should be extremely interesting to see whether Pierre Delecto even decides to run again. Fingers crossed—maybe he will get Liz Cheney-ed.