WHITLEY: Utah Has A RINO Problem

Editor’s note: Big Tent Ideas always aims to provide balancing perspectives on the hottest issues of the day. Below is a column arguing that Utah’s Republican Party has a RINO problem. A counterpoint can be found here, where former Utah Republican Party Chairman Derek Brown argues that the state has a robust record of conservative leadership, particularly Gov. Spencer Cox. 

In Utah it’s sometimes hard to decide who’s the bigger traitor: Sen. Mitt Romney or Gov. Spencer Cox? Both were booed at last year’s state GOP convention, and this year neither were brave enough to even show up.

RINO doesn’t really describe the depths of their treachery, and at some point the voters here get their revenge on these turncoat Republicans. (RELATED: BROWN: Conservatives Searching For RINOs In Utah Will Come Up Empty Handed. Here’s Why)

The two elected officials – who campaigned as traditional conservatives – quickly betrayed the state’s longstanding track record of successful conservative governance. Whereas our dear, departed Orrin Hatch would reach across the aisle to accomplish a greater goal, Romney and Cox relish stabbing Utahans in the back (and sometimes the face).

Romney’s first act as senator was an attack piece on then-President Donald Trump in

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