The Associated Press is reporting Mitt Romney will announce his plans to run for the Utah Senate seat currently held by Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Hatch has previously announced he will not seek reelection.
The 70-year-old Romney, once a harsh critic of President Donald Trump, will release an online video Thursday announcing his Senate bid. His first public appearance as a Senate candidate will come Friday night at a county Republican dinner in Provo.
Those with knowledge of his plans spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.
Despite a drama-filled history with Trump, Romney is not expected to address the combative president directly in the announcement video. Those close to him say he plans a hyper-local focus on Utah issues throughout the Senate campaign.
His announcement video will suggest that Washington has much to learn from Utah.
Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and one of the most famous Mormons, is widely liked and respected in Utah, which is heavily Mormon.
Romney is considered a shoe-in for the Senate seat.
Mitt Romney set to announce bid to become a Senator who will bravely stand up to the president, before voting for everything he wants in complete obedient lockstep.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 14, 2018
#MittRomney is going to be another talk tough republican while getting press coverage, but will have Cheetos ass dust all over his face from kissing it! Politico tells Hillary to get over losing, while praising Romney as a good move. FUCK YOU POLITICO. MALE EGOTISTICAL PRICKS!
— Robert Myers (@RobMyers1968) February 14, 2018