He was choking back tears and invoking his Latter-day Saints faith as he cast a vote to convict his perceived number one enemy, President Donald J. Trump. Millard “Mitt” Romney, the junior senator from Utah, is the first to vote for the removal of a president of his own party, and crossing party lines now has the East Coast carpetbagger in the crosshairs of the very people he represents.
He is about to find out exactly how it feels to be the one targeted for an ouster if the Republicans of Utah have their way. If losing the race for president stung – thrice – being kicked out of a state home to 3.1 million people, with 60.7% identifying as members of the Mormon church may just be the stake through the heart of this slick, gelled-hair politician.
You’d think Utah would have already started the removal process after Pierre Delecto surfaced as Romney’s number one fan, also Romney in disguise, but voters in the mountains are forgiving. Until now.
As Ousters Go …
The Beehive State is a wildly conservative territory – a place Romney felt he could dominate and be amongst his people in a friendlier climate for his religious views. But two years into his first Senate term, the natives are wondering how they were hoodwinked by a snake oil salesman and are looking at ways to shoo him out of their state. There are two movements that could potentially put a cowboy boot to the sharkskin suited rear end of Romney and, after the historic snub on the Senate floor, efforts have ramped up considerably.
RecallRomneyNow is a group of prominent conservatives led by 2016 Republican National Delegate and attorney Larry Meyers, treasurer Kathy Keely, and businessman Arturo del Toro, founder of the Mi Angel de la Guardia nonprofit. They penned a scathing letter to Romney with a touch here and there of actual threats. Here is a slice:
“It is evident that you have a personal vendetta with President Trump and not a policy disagreement … We the people of Utah did not elect you to be another John McCain nor become the replacement for former Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. Attacking the occupying President does not elevate you in any way but has quite the opposite effect. You’re doing a great disservice to the voters of Utah and our country deserves better.”
The letter goes on to emphatically imply that GPS can be programmed to head East as well: “Perhaps you might consider that you are being used by the propaganda leftist machine. You have abandoned Utah conservative values and seem to align closer to Massachusetts values.”
And on the state legislative level, Republican Rep. Tim Quinn has sponsored a bill that would allow the voters to remove a U.S. Senator. He claims it isn’t directed at Romney – but the timing is slightly suspicious. Quinn also admitted after the officious Romney preach and vote his office was flooded with phone calls and emails with offers to help push the bill through and he picked up six House co-sponsors.
Wouldn’t It Be Ironic?
Of course, not many of Mitt’s colleagues are thrilled with him either, but they are powerless to do much with him. Well, publicly at least. Behind the scenes, Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) disinvited Romney to their annual rally and as invitations go, heading into the 2020 showdown, Mitt might be forced to stay home and wash hair while other Republicans hob nob and make the party rounds.
He is so reviled many folks are trying to figure out how to kick him out of the Republican Party as well. But, good news for Mitt, there is no party bylaw that gives ouster permission for Benedict Arnold behavior. Pity. It appears the people of Utah finally discovered they voted in a man who cares not to represent their wishes – only the desire to tilt at the enemy who easily achieved in 2016 what Romney desperately wanted for himself: the presidency. The ramifications of Romney’s antics during the impeachment trial of a popular Republican president are coming to fruition. Would it not be ironic for a recall to remove the man succeeds? How simply delish.
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