It’s not just Romney: Hatch retirement could lead to decisions for Grassley, Crapo

WASHINGTON — Much of the talk after GOP Sen. Orrin G. Hatch’s announcement that he will retire from the Senate after serving Utah for more than four decades will focus on whether Mitt Romney will seek to succeed him.

But on Capitol Hill, the Finance chairman’s pending departure when he still has time left under conference rules to wield the tax writing panel’s gavel also raises questions about who will lead the Senate GOP on taxes, trade, health care and entitlements.

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