(PartiallyPolitics.com) – A Utah mayor announced that he would be joining the race to win the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mitt Romney in the 2024 Senate election. He is the first candidate to challenge Romney for the seat if the incumbent Senator chooses to seek re-election.
Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs gained particular notoriety for his opposition to the mask mandates during the pandemic. In an interview on Fox News Digital, he stated that he was not looking out for the country that his children would inherit, adding that the government bureaucrats have for years been wasting the next generation’s future and it was time for them to face opposition.
Last month, Romney filed FEC paperwork, which is widely considered to be the first step toward announcing his presidential campaign. However, his chief of staff revealed to local media that he has not yet decided whether or not he would be running again.
Staggs was asked during the interview why he does not believe that Romney could be an equally effective leader, to which he replied that Romney had put “personal beefs” above governing. This included not standing against the debt ceiling increase, and voting in favor of the $1.7 trillion omnibus. As he pointed out, Romney has helped drive the country into deeper debt.
Staggs proceeded to note that Romney voted in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump and confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson and DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas.” Staggs added that while Romney “fits in the Senate” better than him, it was time to stop electing people who just fit in, and instead elect people who are looking to make change.
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