Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) introduced in a high Republican challenger who started his marketing campaign by criticizing a first-term senator for supporting bipartisan spending offers, voting to convict President Donald Trump in his two impeachment trials, and voting to substantiate Choose Ketanji Brown Jackson. to the Supreme Court docket.

Trent Staggs, mayor of Riverton, Utah, a municipality of about 45,000 folks close to Salt Lake Metropolis, started his bid Tuesday with a video during which he additionally talked about Romney’s former residence in Massachusetts, the place he served as governor from 2003 to 2007 and accused Romney of breaking guarantees made throughout his 2018 Senate marketing campaign.

“The one factor I’ve seen him combat for is the institution, revival, open borders, impeachment of President Trump and getting us into debt much more,” Staggs mentioned within the video.

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has but to announce whether or not he’ll run for a second time period within the Senate subsequent yr, representing his receiving state. Staggs has indicated that he’s in search of the Republican nomination no matter Romney’s determination.

The first area within the closely Republican state, which Romney dominated with over 62 p.c of the vote in 2018, might proceed to develop. Speaker of the Utah Home of Representatives Brad Wilson (proper) final month introduced the formation of an exploratory committee for the 2024 race.

Staggs is probably finest recognized in Utah for his fierce resistance as mayor to mandate masking and different well being precautions in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

“In 2020, after we had been instructed to shut companies, faculties and church buildings, I mentioned no,” he boasts in his video.

Staggs introduced his candidacy for the Senate as negotiations proceed in Washington between the White Home and Republicans within the Home of Representatives over spending cuts and different concessions. GOP lawmakers are demanding a rise within the nationwide debt ceiling in change.

In his video and media interviews, Staggs said that he was unwilling to compromise on such issues.

“I believe each time we compromise, it prices us trillions of {dollars},” he instructed Deseret Information.

“I simply can’t consider we’re $32 trillion in debt,” Staggs instructed the publication (the precise determine is about $31.4 trillion). And I believe it’s the top of immorality to position such a burden on my youngsters and future generations. It is time to be uncompromising about getting our monetary home so as.”

Within the Senate, Romney has proven a willingness to work with Democrats on tax and different points and has at occasions been harshly essential of Trump.

He voted to convict Trump on the 2020 Senate impeachment listening to on expenses of pressuring Ukraine to analyze Joe Biden, and at Trump’s 2021 trial on expenses of sedition associated to his position. within the January elections. 6 assault on the US Capitol. Trump was acquitted within the Senate on each events as a result of the two-thirds threshold for conviction was not reached.

Staggs instructed Deseret Information that he believes Romney will search re-election and that he voted for him in 2018.

Romney is “a very good household man,” Staggs instructed the publication, however mentioned he discovered Romney’s political concepts “damaging for America.”