Local Republicans discuss Mitt Romney and his bid for senate

FILE - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks with members of the media as he arrives at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre before an event held to announce the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

LOGAN – There is a lot of excitement surrounding Mitt Romney’s announcement that he will run for the office of U.S. Senator from Utah.

In addition to the endorsement from President Donald Trump, Romney is also receiving the support locally, including from Utah Republican State Senator Lyle Hillyard. Hillyard said he is confident Romney will win because of his name recognition and support, but that there are some conservative Republicans who say he’s not conservative enough.

“There’s some issue about whether he’s a carpetbagger, but you know I worked closely with him on the Olympics and in some of those inside meetings and discussions I was really impressed with his integrity and his idea of what he wanted to accomplish,” Hillyard said. “I think you can take part of this talk or part of that talk or where he’s been in Massachusetts and had to represent people there and be offended, but I think basically as a person he is very honorable.”

Cache County Republican Party Chairman Chris Booth said it is great Romney is running, but doesn’t believe he is the only who would make an excellent candidate.

“I think there are people out there that see this as obviously a David versus Goliath thing,” he said. “…You’ve got detractors and supporters from each side.”

Booth encouraged anyone else who is interested to file for that or any of the other offices coming up in 2018.

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