Exclusive – Utah Mayor, Senatorial Candidate Rips Romney over Debt Deal


    In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News on Sunday, Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs accused Romney of having “once again prioritized being buddies with Chuck Schumer above the welfare of our country,” as he lamented the “$4 trillion added to our debt ceiling with virtually nothing in return.”

    Mayor Trent Staggs (Facebook/Mayor Trent Staggs)

    Staggs also maintained that he expected the move from “far-left Democrats, not people who claim to be ‘fiscally conservative.'”

    The Riverton mayor concluded by declaring, “Enough is enough.”

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    “We cannot keep electing people who’d rather get along than protect future generations from bankruptcy,” Staggs added.

    On Saturday, President Joe Biden signed legislation that lifts the nation’s debt ceiling, averting an unprecedented default on the federal government’s debt.

    The final agreement, passed by the House on Wednesday and the Senate on Thursday, suspends the debt limit until 2025 — after the next presidential election.

    House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks in the Rayburn Room following the House vote on Fiscal Responsibility Act at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on May 31, 2023. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

    Raising the nation’s $31.4 trillion debt limit will ensure the government can borrow to pay debts already incurred.

    In both chambers, more Democrats backed the legislation than Republicans, but both parties were critical to its passage.

    In the Senate the tally was 63-36 including 46 Democrats and independents and 17 Republicans in favor, 31 Republicans along with four Democrats and one independent who caucuses with the Democrats opposed.

    The vote in the House was 314-117.

    In a clip announcing his run posted last month, Staggs noted that Washington is “broken,” as he explained how “every time we compromise it costs us trillions,” while vowing “enough is enough.”

    In the video, Staggs also accused Romney of not living up to his campaign promises, including ending illegal immigration and pushing back against federal overreach.

    “The only thing I’ve seen him fight for are the establishment, wokeness, open borders, impeaching President Trump, and putting us even deeper into debt,” he says.

    Staggs, 49, is among multiple potential contenders predicted to position themselves more conservatively than Romney — who he described as a “millionaire from Massachusetts” who relocated to Utah.

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    Over the months leading to his official declaration, Staggs had become more and more outspoken on a variety of topics.

    After announcing his run for the U.S. Senate in May, Staggs charged that Romney “doesn’t represent most Utahns,” and that he could no longer sit by and watch as Romney and Schumer “mortgage my children’s future.”

    “This guy votes to add trillions in spending, votes twice to impeach President Trump, but then turns around and votes to confirm guys like Open Borders Mayorkas and Radical Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson,” he said, adding “it’s unacceptable.”

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters following a closed-door policy meeting, at the Capitol in Washington on March 7, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    In March, he vowed to prevent the “communist-style social credit scoring” from guiding his city’s investment decisions, as Riverton unanimously approved a resolution objecting to the use of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) policies in credit rating agencies, investment firms, and other financial institutions.

    Subsequently, he slammed woke “indoctrination” in today’s schools, including the availability of “inappropriate” and “pornographic” text materials, as he called to prioritize students’ “physical, mental, and spiritual” safety.

    Insisting “there should be no greater priority than our children’s safety; physical, mental, and spiritual,” Staggs said it was his “number one job to protect the health and safety of all our residents.”

    Follow Joshua Klein on Twitter @JoshuaKlein.

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