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Readers' forum: Hatch pulls sponsorship

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  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    Isn't it funny how a politician won't go against the wishes of the voters in an election year, but the rest of the time they have no compunction about ramming unpopular laws down our throats? Hatch's departure is long overdue.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    Reminds me of that other Republican mis-calculation, 180 degree and about face....

    Utah house bill HB477

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 3:04 a.m.

    Hatch has become so eager to hold onto his seat that I can no longer tell just exactly what he's for or against. He's become a political chameleon.

  • booshway Woods Cross, UT
    Jan. 25, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    Hatch changed his mind only because he remembered what happened to Bennett. Hatch is in preservation mode. If this wasn't an election year he would not have changed his mind.
    I find it ironic that the people saying we should keep Hatch are using the same arguments that people used to say that we should keep Frank Moss (that Hatch ran against) in 1976. Why is it that nearly every(?) supposedly conservative politician makes a left turn after they have been in office awhile?

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Jan. 25, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    While I am delighted he backed out, history of the man has demonstrated that it is another example of the wind blowing rather than any conviction.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 25, 2012 10:55 a.m.

    Occasionally democracy actually functions, even in the case of Mr. Hatch.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 25, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    If Mr. Hatch didn't understand the consequences of that bill when he co-sponsored it, then he should be retired. The intent of the bill is clear to anyone who reads it.

    Anyone can change his mind after learning about a subject, but if the author understood the subject so poorly that he started the "mess", he should be chastised for authoring something that harms the Country.

    Mr. Hatch needs to retire.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Jan. 25, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    Why would you be a co-sponsor of a bill and then make "a bold statement against it". Read Machiavelli's "The Prince", a popular book in Washington D.C. apparently, and one that has often has been on the national best-seller list.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Jan. 25, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    When I read the headline of this story, I thought maybe he had pulled his sponsorship of the Dream Act. After all, it is election time.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 25, 2012 6:40 a.m.

    The problem is that Hatch signed on because of lobbyists and their money, and then he found out his political calculation was wrong and the people were opposed. It is cynical politics, and we all know it.