Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly considering endorsing an eighth term by Sen. Orrin Hatch to block Mitt Romney from jumping into next year’s Utah Senate race.
The Washington Examiner says Bannon, who once mulled finding a Republican challenger to take on Hatch next year, would much rather see Hatch run again than Mitt Romney enter the race.
“If Steve had a choice between Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney, he would pick Hatch 10 times out of 10,” the source close to Bannon told the Washington Examiner.
Hatch advisors recently reached out to Bannon and spoke with the Breitbart News executive chairman about 2018, signaling the senator could be having second thoughts about retiring. In Utah, Bannon is willing to put aside his war with McConnell and embrace Hatch if it means blocking Romney, a traditional Republican who has the gravitas to rally considerable opposition to Trump from the Right.
“I think Steve Bannon has found his candidate in Utah,” said a GOP insider there, referring to the senator.