Republicans interested in Romney leading NRSC: report

Republicans interested in Romney leading NRSC: report
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Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBolton replacement inherits tough challenges — including Trump Bipartisan group of senators urges FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately Trump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition 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 Gardner The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Bolton returns to political group after exiting administration The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's hurricane forecast controversy won't go away 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 McConnellDC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Overnight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts 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 HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators 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.