For Mormons across the United States, Mitt Romney was more than a presidential candidate, or even one that they would vote for.
For many, he was the actual embodiment of the fulfillment of Mormon teaching/folklore (depends who you ask) called “the White Horse prophecy.” It’s the idea that Mormon men will “save” the U.S. Constitution.
You must think that at least a related sentiment still buzzes in Mormon souls in Utah six years later, as it appears that Romney will be elected a U.S. senator in the Beehive State despite not being from here or lived here, outside of a stint. (Is it amazing that he even has a chance?)
But, he’s running as a Republican (and in at least one way, as an extremist – he said that he is to the right of Trump on immigration).
So, what do the Mormon Democrats think about a spiritual brother but a political adversary?
“The criticisms of Mitt Romney … are all based on that he has been a Democrat, he’s been an independent, he’s been a Republican,” Eric Biggart, the LDS Democrats caucus chair, told me. “He’s never held a policy position.”
Pushed on his claim that Romney has been a Democrat, Biggart replied that Romney “ran essentially as a Democrat when he ran in Massachusetts,” referencing Romney’s first U.S. Senate bid in 1994.
Biggart suggested that while Romney is “still surprising us,” it shouldn’t be that way.
Typically, “if he’s been running since 1994, we would have an idea of what he believes,” Biggart said.
“Things come out of left field with this guy,” Biggart added.
With Romney in office, Utah would be stuck with another junior senator who at the end of his term, would be just seven years younger than Sen. Orrin Hatch, who he would replace, Biggart said. That’s a problem because Utahns’ issue with Hatch now (and perhaps the reason why Hatch is retiring) is that he is too old.
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