Race to replace Mitt Romney in Utah gains steam as another candidate jumps in: He 'sold us out'
EXCLUSIVE: The race to replace retiring Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is gaining steam as another candidate has tossed his hat into the fold, the first since the senator said last week he wouldn't run for re-election.
Speaking with Fox News Digital, Roosevelt, Utah Mayor Rod Bird, Jr., a Republican, ripped Romney's tenure in office, arguing the senator didn't do what he said he would do when first elected in 2018.
"We have a lot of career politicians in Washington serving their own agenda," he said.
"[Romney] was quick to march with radical groups like Black Lives Matter, when he should have been walking down Main Street and talking with small businesses and working families struggling across our state."
"My campaign won’t be about him or personalities, it will be about standing up for our God-given, constitutional freedoms and fighting for working families, small businesses, and everyday people who are struggling due to Joe Biden’s failed policies."
Since then, he has built the oil and gas supply company Paragon Oilfield Products, which made him a multi-millionaire.
As Roosevelt's mayor, Bird has made a name for himself as a staunch opponent of government mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as pushing to lower taxes for its citizens.
"I grew up with the belief that in America you truly can come from nothing and make what you want of your life," he told Fox.
I’m someone that understands the struggles of everyday Utahns because I’ve lived them."
FORMER SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN IN VIRGINIA TO FLIP SWING HOUSE SEAT FROM DEMOCRATSRomney's retirement has launched a frenzy of Republicans looking to fill the seat with a more conservative candidate.
Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson and Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs have signaled they were launching primary challenges against Romney earlier this year, but Staggs is the only other candidate to have officially launched a campaign for the seat.
Tim Ballard, the former Department of Homeland Security agent who inspired the hit film "Sound of Freedom" said Friday he was "very seriously considering" a run for the seat.