Steve Bannon continues his ruthless pursuit against his enemies in the GOP establishment. As Executive Director of Breitbart News, he has hammered enemies of President Donald Trump’s populist ‘America First’ agenda relentlessly. He is recruiting primary challengers for next year’s mid-term elections, and recently attempted to convince an anti-establishment hopeful to take out Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
Bannon met with Boyd Matheson while the two men were both in Washington D.C. last week. According to a Deseret News report, Bannon tried to convince Matheson to run against Hatch, a long-time establishment favorite, in a primary election next year as apart of the media mogul’s master plan to challenge all Republican incumbent legislators up for re-election in 2018, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) being the only exception.
Matheson denied that he is already planning a run, saying that there is “no exploratory committee, nothing to announce, nothing to see there.” However, he did admit that he talked about the prospects of challenging Hatch with Bannon during their meeting. Matheson said that “the race absolutely did come up. And he was encouraging that I should take a look at it.”
Matheson serves as President of the Sutherland Institute, a thinktank that promotes free market public policy solutions in the state of Utah. He also served as chief of staff for tea party favorite, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who has one of the most conservative voting records in the legislature. Bannon hopes that Matheson can be an integral part of his scheme to remake Congress to put more legislators into office that are amenable to Trump’s independent, pro-American agenda.
“We’re spending a ton of time with the grassroots organizations to make sure that these candidates are fully vetted,” Bannon told Sean Hannity on his FOX News program Monday. “You’re going to see people announced this week, they are going to have experience in government. You’re going to see some outsiders, they’re authentic. And these people are real.”