Readers' forum: We need Hatch now

Published: Tuesday, June 5 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Senator Orrin Hatch speaks at the Utah Republican Party 2012 nominating convention at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy on April 21, 2012. With 59.19 percent of the vote, Hatch fell just shy of winning the Republican nomination outright at the state GOP convention. Delegates gave Dan Liljenquist 40.81 percent of the vote in the second round of balloting.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

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Let's look at Sen. Orrin Hatch's 36-year record in the Senate.

He introduced or originally co-sponsored more than 8,000 pieces of legislation, 350 of which have become law, while at the same time detecting and blocking lots of bad bills. He was the major player in getting conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas confirmed.

He is extremely pro-Utah and has helped bring thousands of jobs to Utah, including 10,000 at the new Center to Counter Cyber Attacks. He has helped save thousands of jobs, like Hill Air Force Base. Personally, I have found his office very responsive to my questions and concerns. He is a fighter for the 'little guy.'

So, one question: Why put the most effective conservative senator out to pasture at the very time Utah and the nation needs his experience and clout the most? Do we think electing Dan Liljenquist, with his questionable Utah voting record, will change things? How can Liljenquist possibly be as effective as Hatch?

These are the questions we need to ask, and not just vote for "change." Look at what President Obama's promise of "change" brought us. Hatch is a known commodity. I say, let's give him another six years to finish what he started. And let's give Mitt Romney what he is asking for: Hatch as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, the most important post in the Senate.

Steve Case

West Jordan

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