Republicans interested in Romney leading NRSC: report

Republicans interested in Romney leading NRSC: report
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Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyUtah's largest paper compares child separation to war crimes in scathing editorial Progressive politics have done nothing to help black America Romney rips Trump tariffs: ‘Trade wars are a tax on Americans’ MORE hasn't announced whether he's running for Senate yet, but Republicans are already considering him as the next head of their fundraising arm, according to a report in The Atlantic.

In a fundraising call with a GOP donor this week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee's current chairman, Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh Overnight Defense: VA pick breezes through confirmation hearing | House votes to move on defense bill negotiations | Senate bill would set 'stringent' oversight on North Korea talks MORE (R-Colo.), reportedly said that he "liked Romney" as a possible successor.

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A source close to Romney speculated to the publication that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Franken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' MORE (R-Ky.) had already thrown his support behind the idea, and went further, saying McConnell was likely the one pushing it.

A spokesperson for McConnell told The Atlantic that they were unaware of any conversations Gardner has had with Romney.

"I was not on any Gardner calls yesterday and am therefore unaware of any conversations he may have had,” the spokesperson said.

Romney has not made an official campaign announcement, but was rumored for months to be considering a run to succeed retiring Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Yale Law School students, alumni denounce Trump Supreme Court pick MORE (R-Utah), who announced his retirement in early January.

Hatch has already named Romney as his favored replacement, saying it would be a "great thing for America" for Romney to join the Senate.

"I've expressed interest to him," Hatch said last year. "I can see why he might not want to do it, but I can also see why if he did it, it would be a great thing for America."

The former Massachusetts governor has reportedly told insiders that he is running, and on Thursday tweeted that he would make his official announcement concerning the Utah Senate race on Feb. 15.

"Looking forward to making an announcement on February 15th about the Utah Senate race," Romney tweeted, along with a link to his website.