Choice by Rep. Jason Chaffetz holds one key to Utah's already intriguing 2012 elections


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  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    May 4, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    I think Hatch has a right and a reason to be concerned about a Chaffetz candidacy. He saw what happened to Bennett. He can easily visualize the same thing happening to him. Sure, he could beat any Democrat who ran against him. But I don't think he can get out of the convention this time. He has too much baggage.

    Watch his votes over the next year. He will take on the persona of a real "tea partier" but his inside negotiations will be those of a man desperate not to lose an election.

    Senator Hatch, I think its time you went on a mission.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    Hatch is a good man, but has served too long and has "gone native" with the power elites back in DC, and just wants to hang on to power and prestige.

    I will never vote for Hatch again, even though I campaigned for him in the past. He has turned RINO and no longer represents Utah's conservative values.

    And, I don't buy his guff about how powerful he is now as Senate Finance Committee Chairman. If he is that powerful, let's see him slash federal spending and entitlement programs drastically between now and the 2012 elections, not just talk about it.

    If he cannot do the job, then definitely time to replace him with Chaffetz, or someone else. Anyone else!

  • metisophia Ogden, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 5:40 p.m.

    Hatch moved to Utah from Pennsylvania. Chaffetz moved to Utah from wherever else. Can't we find a decent senator from Utah.

    Oh yeah, looking at possible candidates from the state government, the answer is no.

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    @CHS 85

    Actually, Chaffetz's stance on term limits is "let the voters handle it." Which is how I see it, too.

    Are you sure you want to give him three terms? I was thinking two. Then use him to knock out Hatch, give him one term in the Senate, then vote in someone else. That'd be a total of ten years in office for Chaffetz.

    As much as I like him, ten years is plenty. Wouldn't want him going native.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    Give me Chaffetz or Sandstrom.....I would vote for either over Orrin! He and Bob are just a couple of RINO's!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 12:28 p.m.

    I would vote for Jason for senate no question. Hatch has done his time and his "cozyness" there like Bennett is more of a liability. Time for some new, fresh, conservative blood !!!

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 11:30 a.m.

    What it boils down to is what has Hatch done in the best interest of UT vs. what Chaffetz has done. Chaffetz seems to be more for the people and not the $$$ that longer term senators seem to revere.

  • UtahGal Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 11:16 a.m.

    Go ahead run Jason, then you will lose all the way around and we will be done with you. I am no fan of the GOP but I would vote for Hatch. As they say you really don't vote for someone, you just vote against the other guy. J.C. is a loud mouth, no nothing who has an extremely exaggerated opinion of himself. If you elect Jason, our state will have 2 Jr Senators and we will never get anything for this state. Of course the Bushies gave us so much.

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 10:54 a.m.

    "This," Kirkham explains, "is what we'll be looking for from Hatch: Are you going to be putting forth laws that encourage employers to employ and workers to work? Because that's what America needs."
    Will Hatch 1) push for more tax cuts for the richest 2% and 2) push for laws and regulations (or lack thereof) making it easier for the richest 2% to make even more money. Both at the expense of the working middle class.

    If Kirkham really believes what he says, he would have supported Clinton: prosperity and balanced budgets.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    Nov. 22, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    I don't know much about Chaffetz, but this out-of-state CONSERVATIVE is kindly asking you Utah folks to please replace Orrin Hatch with a conservative senator!

    Thanks! (Muchas gracias.)

  • helputah Logan, Utah
    Nov. 22, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    I think what Hatch said is that 3 terms are enough for someone who did not vote in Utah's best interests. That certainly described Moss. Hatch, however, has voted right and has been extremely effective for Utah and the U.S. In a system based on seniority, we'd be foolish to turn him out to pasture.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 10:34 a.m.


    Remember that Chaffetz is in his second term now. Will you vote him out when he hits three?

  • Tami Herriman, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 9:53 a.m.

    It seems to me that they both need to move on. Honestly, these guys get in there and get a taste of the power and it seems to become an overpowering drug for them. They forget why they went in the first place, they forget that they pledged to stay a limited amount of time, and they forget that they were supposed to serve us! In the absence of term limits, we have an option, vote for someone else! Anyone else! They will eventually get the message.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Nov. 22, 2010 9:34 a.m.

    At least Chaffetz has already been trained by lobbyists and so knows where the money comes from and what's expected. So he has that edge over other Hatch wannabes.

  • pleasethinkalittle Springville, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    I agree with BYR, I will definitely vote for whoever runs against them. Can't stand Chaffetz, he annoys me much more than Hatch. SOMEONE ELSE STEP UP!

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 8:21 a.m.

    Seriously, I do not know who would be worse for Utah, Hatch or Chaffetz. Can we not get a third choice, even it is 'none of the above'.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Nov. 22, 2010 7:58 a.m.

    Hatch is busy writing songs about Ted Kennedy and giving rubber stamps to Obama nominees. He is truly a Republican in name only. He can't be a Kennedy lap dog and represent Utah and do what's best for the country at the same time.

  • Another Perspective Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 7:56 a.m.

    I am not a registered republican, When I registered to vote, I registered for an other party.

    I am going to change my affiliation so I can vote against Chaffetz to become the republican nominee.

  • WYOREADER Gillette, WY
    Nov. 22, 2010 7:42 a.m.

    A little reminiscent to me of a younger Orrin Hatch in '76 going after the seat of Frank Moss don't you think? It's time for a change! I think Hatch has lost touch with his constituents. Oh wait that's what he accused Moss of in '76. It's true you've been there too long Hatch. If I still lived in Utah Chaffetz would have my Republican vote!

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Nov. 22, 2010 7:32 a.m.

    Wait....Orrin's running again? I thought he said three terms was enough for anyone.