Never-Trumper Mitt Romey Places 2nd at Utah Republican Convention to GOP Outsider — Forcing June Primary

Guest post by Joe Hoft

Utah Republicans held a convention yesterday which resulted in former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney Placing Second to a Utah Doctor-Lawyer who wants to clean up Washington.

FOX News reported –

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney ran into an obstacle Saturday in his bid to succeed Utah’s retiring U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch.

At the state’s Republican Party convention in West Valley City, Romney finished second in votes from party delegates, behind state lawmaker Mike Kennedy.

That means Kennedy, who captured 50.18 percent of the delegate vote, and Romney (49.12 percent) will face each other in a GOP primary election June 26.

Dr. Kennedy’s webpage shows that he is all for cleaning up Washington –

Dr. Mike Kennedy is a lot of things — State Legislator, Doctor, Lawyer, Eagle Scout, Husband, Father of eight, and a Self-made man who grew up in a single-parent home in less than fortunate circumstances. Disputing the notion all kids who grow up poor are destined for failure, Mike worked hard to find success and provide a better life for his family.

Working his way through college to support himself, Mike was able to graduate with a bachelors degree from BYU, only taking time off to serve a 2-year LDS Mission, before graduating from medical school at Michigan State. After completing a Family Practice Residency, Mike moved his family back to Utah and started law school at BYU. Mike worked full-time as a family physician and attended BYU law school part-time. After graduating from law school, Mike continued practicing medicine and did some legal consulting.

In 2012, Mike was elected as a member of the Utah State House of Representatives, where he has received awards for his conservative, free-market approach and leadership. As a legislator, Mike works with others to pass positive and impactful legislation – keeping government limited and allowing Utah’s economy to thrive.

Governor Romney was very outspoken about President Trump before the 2016 election. Romney totally slandered and besmirched the future President in early March 2016 as Trump had picked up a solid lead.  Romney’s comments sounded like they came from a Democrat not the prior Republican Presidential candidate –

President Trump responded to Romney’s remarks by calling him a “failed candidate”.  Romney was wrong.

Unfortunately for Romney, Trump carried Utah in the general election by 45% to Hillary’s 27% and Evan McMullin’s 21%.  No matter how hard the NeverTrumpers tried to prevent Trump from winning the election, they just couldn’t overthrow the wishes of the American people.

This may be why Romey finished 2nd in Utah yesterday.  Dr. Kennedy’s policies are consistent with President Trump’s.  Romney was critical of President Trump even in his announcement speech for the Utah Senate opening, saying –

Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world,” Romney says. “Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion. And on Utah’s Capitol Hill, people treat one another with respect.”

Remarks like this will not go well with the people in Utah. Perhaps this is why Romey placed 2nd yesterday.

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