Republicans interested in Romney leading NRSC: report

Republicans interested in Romney leading NRSC: report
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Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Democratic challenger leads Tillis by 1 point in North Carolina poll The Memo: Can Trump run as an outsider? 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 GardnerMcSally on Moore running for Senate again: 'This place has enough creepy old men' Hillicon Valley: Senate sets hearing on Facebook's cryptocurrency plans | FTC reportedly investigating YouTube over children's privacy | GOP senator riles tech with bill targeting liability shield | FAA pushed to approve drone deliveries Senate panel advances bill to protect government devices against cyber threats 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 McConnellBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility California governor predicts 'xenophobic' GOP will likely be third party in 15 years This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request 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.