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Published: Monday, Dec. 20 2010 6:00 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

Senator Hatch: You may think your job is about a million different things but the bottom line is that you're there to represent your constituents. By not voting, you're not doing you job. Listen to the people of Utah or follow in the footsteps of Mr. "We need illegals" Bennett.

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Mapleton, UT

It seems to me that the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue frequently voted "present" in the Illinois General Assembly.
I had to chuckle at Orrin's rationale. Given that logic, why did he cast all those other votes over the years? Perhaps Hatch has had enough of that Senate job and needs to make a career change.

Salt Lake City, UT

Hatch should have voted, 'Yea'.

Woods Cross, UT

"a cynical exercise in political charades"
Hmmm, sounds just like election Nov 2012.
Goodbye Mr. Hatch.

Draper, UT

Flip, flop. Flip, flop. Orrin actually supported the dream act before he opposed it. Orrin actually supported health care reform before he opposed it. As a matter of fact, Orrin sponsored a health care reform bill in 1993 that was similar to what passed this year.

Flip, flop. Flip, flop. Spin that, Orrin.

Toquerville, UT

I like senator Hatch, but he knows he's in some trouble for reelection in 2012, and for someone who disdains career politicians; Hatch has been in way too long. Time for him to step aside (which I think he will do), and let a stronger conservative fill his seat. 2012 is going to be a wilder election year than 2010 because whoever runs against Obama will win, and the Democrats will lose control of the senate too. They will go from controlling both houses of congress and the presidency, to controlling nothing. Their legacy is a ruined economy, a president who golfed and played basketball while America burned, unemployment rose, taxes rose, debt rose, and despair reigned.

J. Adams
Sandy, UT

Mr. Hatch, your no-show on the dream act is an insult to the majority of Utah residents. You publicly stated you would vote against the bill, then you had the temerity to not show up. Your absence was as good as a yes vote. You need to retire, you no longer represent Utah.

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Once again Sen. Hatch shows us the skills he has learned from his overly long power trip inside the Beltway.

Speak against a bill, but then don't actually vote against it. Hope that later on you can campaign for support from those Hispanics who are pro-amnesty, while still being able to tell those opposed that you opposed it.

However Hatch is right when he said "What do you call a Senator who has been in Washington too long? You call him home!"

Hatch is no longer offering leadership for conservative (if he ever did) but only seeking to perpetuate his own power and ego.

American Fork, UT

Senator Hatch won't get away with this spin. He needed to stand up and be counted on this issue, one way or the other.

T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

The "cynical political charade" here is Orrin Hatch trying to look conservative with an election coming up.

Listen up, Hatch: no one's buying it.

Ivins, UT

Senator Hatch is already in retirement...all we need to do is make it official in the next election, that is unless he resigns. Hear that Senator Hatch, resign. the fire has gone out in your belly. I have known that for a long time.

Erda, Ut

For the most part, they are all cowards when it comes to putting their name on something. Vote Hatch out next, he needs to be voting against this garbage we are handed by the democrats.


I agree the Democrats were using this to gain support from the far left and Hispanic groups. They knew they did not have the 60 votes.

On this type of action, no discussion is allowed, it's votes to pass. Hatch knew his vote would not matter.

But I wish he would of voted, and showed his constituency that he is listening.

The only way to force people to follow the law, is enforcement, not rewards when they break them. The 6-12 billion per year this bill would cost (besides the costs of giving amnesty to millions)would buy lots of enforcement on the local level, and deportation judges.

Salt Lake City, UT

'Just six months ago, Hatch spoke in favor of the (DREAM) act at a town hall meeting in Layton.' - Article

So, first he's for it.

Then it's a cynical exercise.'

Then he dosen't even show up for the vote.

It's not like I have EVER supported Hatch...

mainly because he dosen't support me.

Or any of his constituents.

Kearns, UT

Hatch, you have really made a big mistake in that decision. We have had persoanl communication by voice and emails on this subject of illegals and their children and you assured me you were against all illegal foreign occupation, border crossings, and jobs by illegal aliens. Now you have made it clear you have misrepresented yourself.

We are not going to forget this next time you want to remain in office. If the people still had the power to request the redress of an elected representative, I'm sure you would be fighting for your position now.

Our representatives in Washington and Utah have lost sight of who their constituents are, and it is not illegal aliens or citizens of Mexico. Anyone entering this country illegally and by force is NOT an immigrant, they are an invaders and terrorist individuals. I challenge every one of them to produce any immigration documents just as every elected official should do. Pretending to be ignorant is not always bliss and is personal self deception to the truth.

Sorry Hatch, I think you dug your own end of your prosperity, again.

Natchitoches, LA

Utah needs a senator that is not going to pass away in office, one who is not a career politician.

Salt Lake City, UT

I'm afraid the "graduation" excuse is going to backfire on you, Sen. Hatch. Utahns are not that dumb -- and they don't enjoy having their intelligence insulted. They especially don't appreciate you jeopardizing the country by skipping this important vote -- one which was rather close, to boot.

Perhaps it is time to ow throw your efforts into helping Chaffetz win.

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Tooele, UT

Hatch was elected to represent the people of Utah and is being paid to vote YES or NO, not to attend graduations or other affairs. He needs to step down or be voted out in 2012!

Springville, UT

What is cynical is Hatch.

Penrose, CO

You folks gunning for Hatch will regret it if you get your way and the BRAC comes around, and you don't have anyone from Utah with enough seniority to sit on the committee...

There are *senior* Senators who would *love* all the jobs Hill would bring to their state...

You might not like it, but *seniority* in the Senate = jobs (military and Fed) in your state.

Go ahead, and tell yourselved that pushing out Hatch is a good idea... There are probably some *senior* Republicans who would like to see him go too, so their "spots" move up, and they can get more jobs for their constituents at the expense of jobs Hatch could protect...

Hatch has done a lot for the state of Utah that his time and seniority in the Senate has bought for him... I think it is nothing short of silly to think folks can look at that and think that gunning for him is a *good* idea...

Yeah, you go for Hatch's job, and replace him with a Jr. Senator who can't get a seat on the BRAC committee, and see what economic devastation closing Hill would bring to Utah...

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