Is It Time to Replace Romney?

Mitt Romney Official Photo
Mitt Romney Official Photo

Utah/Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) has drawn the ire of many Second Amendment supporters with votes to convict President Trump during both impeachment trials. But what about his track record on the Second Amendment? During the 2012 primary campaign, his track record as governor of Massachusetts came under fire, particularly from Gun Owners of America.

The reality of Romney’s tenure as governor is somewhat more complicated than GOA’s release paints it. As governor, Romney did not have a very strong hand. How bad was his position in political fights? According to Ballotpedia, the Massachusetts General Court, consisting of a state House of Representatives of 160 members and a State Senate of 40 members, was controlled by Democrats, with the statehouse seeing a roughly 7-to-1 ratio of Democrats to Republicans after the 2002 and 2004 elections, while the state senate had a ratio of 5.66-to-1. Historically, the only time Republicans held even a quarter of the seats in a legislative chamber was when they had 10 seats in the State Senate after the 1994 elections. These are clearly veto-proof margins, and the margins have been that way for almost three decades.

Gun Owner’s Action League, the Massachusetts State Affiliate of the National Rifle Association, takes a different view. In a February 2007 report, they noted some “rather serious political missteps” early on his single term as governor, but noted how he started to overcome them by the end of his first year in office. So, given the situation Romney faced, he did pretty well, making some marginal improvements in the Bay State’s onerous gun laws. Sometimes, the best Second Amendment supporters can do is to limit the damage when the political situation is bad.

As a presidential candidate, Romney was miles better than Obama on the issues, although in some cases, it was clearing a pretty low bar. He didn’t raise the BATF gunwalking scandal on the campaign trail, but he did confront Obama on it during one of the debates. Did it contribute to his defeat? Maybe, but the IRS targeting of the Tea Party may have had a bigger role, according to an AEI scholar. His track record in the Senate is frankly disappointing, coming from a solidly “red” state like Utah.

Romney has not co-sponsored legislation like concealed carry reciprocity or improvements to the protections for travelers enshrined in the Firearms Owners Protection Act. The only bill he co-sponsored that was even tangential to Second Amendment issues was the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. He voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett and some appeals court judges, but that is a bare minimum. It would be one thing if he were representing a not-so-safe Senate seat the way Susan Collins is in Maine, but Utah is not likely to replace a pro-Second Amendment Senator with an anti-Second Amendment extremist.

The fact is, Mitt Romney, while not outwardly hostile, has been a huge disappointment. Normally, a non-hostile incumbent would deserve re-election, but given the state he represents, it is very understandable that Second Amendment supporters would want an upgrade. Furthermore, Second Amendment supporters should support the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action and Political Victory Fund to ensure that the current anti-Second Amendment regimes in the House, Senate, and White House are defeated at the ballot box as soon as possible.


About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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JSStryker
JSStryker
6 months ago

It was time to replace him before he was elected.

truthman
truthman
7 months ago

Of course Mittens Voted for! Among the other rhinos!
Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation: Merrick Brian Garland, of Maryland, to be Attorney
General )Romney (R-UT), Yea

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Mikial
Mikial
7 months ago

“Is It Time to Replace Romney?” is clearly a rhetorical question since there is no question this miserable cult member should be replaced. He betrayed the trust of Conservatives across the nation.

JimQ
JimQ
7 months ago

Of course its time to REplace Mittens Romney. I lived in MA during part of his tenure as Governor. Yes, he faced a hostile legislature and he did veto as much of the state run healthcare bills as he could. No, Romney didn’t do anything to expand or protect our rights. Mittens also showed that he didn’t want to be president than Barry Soteoro. Consequently, we got another four years of Barry’s dreadful reign. Since Romney lost the presidential election, he has been far more harm than good. He excoriated Trump while Trump publicly endorsed him for President. Romney despite… Read more »

Morrigan
Morrigan
7 months ago

It is NOT time. It is long PAST time.

Bill
Bill
7 months ago

When you have nothing much to run on as a Republican, but your last credential is that you are a Mormon, of course you run to Utah to see if you can get them to support you on that single issue. Romney is a thin façade, far more interested in his own well being than that of the country, and hopefully the good citizens of Utah will be waking up to that fact.

Mikial
Mikial
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill

He will be reelected over and over from Utah simply because he is a Mormon and Mormon doctrine says that the Constitution of the United States will hang by a thread in the Last Days and only members of the Mormon Priesthood will be able to save it [“the time would come when the constitution and government would hang by a brittle thread and would be ready to fall into other hands but this people the latter-day saints will step forth and save it.” (Joseph Smith as related in the James Burgess Journal, 1818–1904, Church Archives, Vol. 1)]. No idea… Read more »

Tim
Tim
7 months ago

Is It Time to Replace Romney?
It is still time

macdog
macdog
7 months ago
Reply to  Tim

The good people in the state Utah need to “as they say” run romney out on a rail back to Mass. from whence he came. Turncoats like him belong on the left coast.

Last edited 7 months ago by macdog
JimQ
JimQ
7 months ago
Reply to  macdog

Massachusetts is on the right coast.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
7 months ago

It is way, way PAST time to replace that waste-of-human-skin.

Ansel Hazen
7 months ago

The totality of the situation that Mass became was why my wife and I fled the state but one of the biggies was “RomneyCare”. Mandatory healthcare that was the precurser to what was inflicted upon the entire country.

It should be noted though that sending money to the NRA will do nothing to help rid us of this flip flopping piece of soft brown fetid substance.

Has anyone tried to confirm if Harold gets his paycheck directly from Wayne La’Pu?

JohnnieBo77
JohnnieBo77
7 months ago

Before I even read this article, I read the title and thought, “Are the Kennedys gun-shy?”

ChootEm
ChootEm
7 months ago

Romney is a traitor to the Republican party. A true RepublicRAT. He should have been kicked to the curb eons ago.

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
7 months ago

Let’s face it Mitt is a RINO and needs to be retired by the voters of Utah . The POS is a left leaning elitest .

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
7 months ago

Former congressman Jason Chavis would be a good senator for Utah and the United States, he should be asked to run for the office by the GOP leadership.

Red Falcon 1325
Red Falcon 1325
7 months ago

The GOP should have dumped this POS years ago. He couldn’t even get re-elected as the Gov of the Peoples Democratic Republic of Massachusetts where he promoted libturd ideas and policies. 

RoyD
RoyD
7 months ago

No, he went back to Utah so that “his people” would give him an office to occupy. That’s politics.

Mac
Mac
7 months ago

It was time to replace Romney a decade ago!

truthman
truthman
7 months ago

Wake up Utah! Bring this Utah State Bill back to Life!
https://le.utah.gov/~2020/bills/static/HB0217.html
H.B. 217 Recall of United States Senator
RECALL OF UNITED STATES SENATOR   
2020 GENERAL SESSION
STATE OF UTAH  
Chief Sponsor: Tim Quinn

Grigori
Grigori
7 months ago

I voted for the Libertarian that year, whoever he or she was.

Mack
Mack
7 months ago

“I’m a severe conservative.”

No, you’re a severe asshole.

Now go away.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
7 months ago
Reply to  Mack

Mack,

I don’t see anyone using that term. Who are you replying to? This is why everybody needs to start their comment with a name so that we know who it’s directed to.

Arny
Arny
7 months ago

It’s in Quotation marks. So I would believe Romney said it.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
7 months ago
Reply to  Arny

Arny,

When I do a search for the text, “I’m a severe conservative.”, in the page all I find is Mack’s comment. I don’t see it in the article. That’s why I’m not sure who he’s referring to. Normally it would be to the comment above and to the left of his. Since there isn’t one, it should refer to something in the article. I don’t see it in there. If you can find it, please tell me what paragraph.

Mack
Mack
7 months ago
Reply to  Arny

Yes. However the ACTUAL quote is from CPAC-2012.

This blog has it right, along with Limbaugh’s incredulity:

https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/mitt-romney-the-new-coke-of-american-politics/

Mack
Mack
7 months ago

I would have thought it was common knowledge here at Ammoland that Romney is a fraud.

Some of us remember what he said at CPAC when he was so desperate to become President that he momentarily went off-script:

“I am SEVERELY conservative.”

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
7 months ago
Reply to  Mack

Mack,

I’m pretty sure that everybody knows that he’s a fraud. Tossing out a quote without reference or attribution is entirely different. For clarity’s sake make it easy on everybody and give the background. Thanks,

Last edited 7 months ago by Dave in Fairfax
Mack
Mack
7 months ago

Except I thought his quote was infamous.

No one has ever said it since.

And since we’re on the subject of fraud, I assume everyone here knows that Garland is very bad for us, as in:

https://waronguns.blogspot.com/2021/02/with-vengeance.html

So, today, ***20*** GOPers voted to confirm Garland for AG:

From Press reports:

Twenty Republicans joined Democrats to confirm Garland: Sens. Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Shelley Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Joni Ernst, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Jim Inhofe, Ron Johnson, James Lankford, Mitch McConnell, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Mike Rounds, John Thune, and Thom Tillis.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
7 months ago
Reply to  Mack

The NRA will say nothing (and it’s not just because of Wayne).

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
7 months ago
Reply to  Mack

Mack,

Thanks for the list, and yep, I figure that everybody knows what a POS Garland is. I don’t listen much to what RINOs and Dems say, so memorizing his quotes wasn’t even on my list much less very high on it.
“Course I don’t give youtube or any of the anti-gun social networks any of my time either. I figure that time spent on them increases their revenue and that isn’t something I want to have on my conscience.

Grigori
Grigori
7 months ago

Time to replace him?
We’ve been there for decades.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
7 months ago

Harold, Speaking as Dave, your argument is that while isn’t evil he is weak and cowardly. I can go along with that. He put his career as a politician, ANYWHERE he could get a job ahead of doing what is right.The alternate view is that he did what he believed in despite it being wrong. Could he have argued against what the legislatures in his blue states wanted and accepted that he’d be a one term governor, sure, but that would have taken courage, honesty and conviction. Obviously he has none of the above. He’s just one more NRA supporter… Read more »

Mack
Mack
7 months ago

“He put his career as a politician, ANYWHERE he could get a job ahead of doing what is right.”

And THAT is a critical, accurate assessment of what is wrong in the GOP.

They could see their call to duty as a service to our Republic. But no, it’s just a career.

Further proof? Rick Scott. See here:

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/03/10/rick-scott-battles-trump-and-it-shows-how-weak-republicans-are-n340743

He actually said this:

“The bylaws of the NRSC say I support all the incumbents and I’m going to be very aggressive in supporting the incumbents.”

And that means supporting all who confirmed our enemy, Merrick Garland.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
7 months ago

What a stupid question. This jackass/RINO should never have been elected in the first place. Why Utah thought that he would be good for republicans I will never know. He has been a thorn in our side since day one and will continue to be so. I think he might run for president again. I will love voting for his opponent. I might even vote for the demonrat if he is the only republican choice, just kidding, this jerk really pisses me off.

ras52
ras52
7 months ago

Romney should be removed from office and replaced with a real conservative, one who will stand for gun owners and take a stand against commie demoncrats!