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Published: Monday, Feb. 14 2011 10:00 p.m. MST

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Go Jason!

Orrin- please be a real statesman and see the change in priorities among voters. We no longer want "seniority" and "experience" but rather we want elected officials who will Stop The Spending!

I look forward to being a delegate next year and sending Hatch into retirement (after many decades in Washington), if he does not graciously retire on his own.

Highland, UT

Can Utah really afford two freshmen Senators and two freshmen Representatives? I understand the displeasure with some of the votes Senator Hatch has done but isn't getting rid of all of our Congressional leaders who have Seniority a bad idea? We have real problems in this country that need to be fixed. Being head of the finance committee is a powerful role in fixing those tough problems. Do we really want Olympia Snow to be in charge? That's who will be the head of Finance if Senator Hatch is gone. The very thought keeps me up at night.

Springville, UT

The only reason, I mean ONLY reason to worry about freshmen legislators is in the fight over perks, cash and bacon. $15 trillion of debt later, another $100 trillion of unfunded obligations later I am sick and tired of people worrying about having seniority to go deeper into debt. Hatch MUST GO!

One note, I highly doubt this poll. Dan Jones is notoriously biased towards the machine. For those who pay attention Jones has been more then 20 points off when it comes to reporting for machine politicians. All you have to do is compare his "surveys" versus actual poll results. He is notorious for bias.

An honest poll likley shows Chaffetz up by 5+ points, a 15 point swing. Finally, Chaffetz is going to run. Jeff Flake of Arizona announced he is running for Senate. Chaffetz wants to hang out with him in the Senate.

Tremonton, UT

Oh, please. What has Chaffetz accomplished? Why is he anybody to be considered for the Senate? All many of us see is an opportunist/narcissist more concerned about his personal fame than actually doing any work. I would not be comfortable voting for him over Hatch until I see more of a record of accomplishments.

Orem, UT

I have been pleased with much of Chaffetz' work but cannot support him in a bid that would cripple Utah. I too will run as a delegate to ensure that Hatch is not blindsided by the ultra-radical right which controls the grass roots of Republican politics, against the majority of the state's will. Heaven help Utah if "The Ego" replaces Hatch.

Springville, UT

In a way, this poll is irrelevant. Hatch would have to get through the delegates and convention, and we all know how crazy right wing they are. In either case, Utah would not be well served by either of these men. Hatch should go, it's been too long, and Chaffetz is a show boat and too extreme to really be effective - a legend in his own mind.

Roosevelt, UT

Senator Hatch has the know how that Chaffetz lacks.

Chaffetz polarizes himself towards Romney who is known for flopping on issues.

Fickle describes Chaffetz career thus far.

Kearns, UT

Didn't we learn anything from the last election. It does not matter what the majority wants, only what the "involved" citizens want, those who attend the nieghborhood meetings and are elected as delegates to the state convention.

If Bennett had reached the primary he would still be our senator becaused the "uninformed" would have voted him back into office.

T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

Orrin Hatch has become a creature of Washington. It is time for him to go.

American Fork, Utah

Here's an idea. Since we really can't afford two freshman senators, keep Hatch in for another term (he'll be retiring anyway), then let the best candidate run against him during the next election. This way, we'll at least have some experience back in Washington. Right now, Chaffetz is better suited for Congress than the Senate anyway.

Ogden, UT

GO JASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Syracuse, UT

I will never vote for Hatch again, nor will anyone I know. I will campaign for anyone against him.

Herriman, UT

I would not feel comfortable supporting Chaffetz, but absolutely feel Hatch has been in there too long and needs to go. I wish he would go with some style, rather than kicking and screaming like Bennett.

Ogden, UT

The worst news in a headline I've read for a long time.

Alpine, Utah

Folks, this isn't a situation of "anybody is better than Hatch." That's how Chafftez got to Washington in the first place "anybody is better than Cannon."

Chaffetz is the wrong man to have in Washington in any capacity. Period.

He waits for a weakness and exploits it. He waited a long time to run the first time as he measured Cannon's popularity and positioned himself...think Cougar Club, etc.

Then he went for Cannon's seat outside of the district he lived in, not because he wanted to serve, but because he smelled blood.

Please..can't we do better????

E. Hindman
Ogden, UT

What is interesting from the article and the posts is there seems to be the notion that there is ONLY Hatch or Chaffetz to choose from in the senate race.

Those that think Hatch should stay I have a question for you - if you can't get the job done in 34 years how much time do you need?

Chaffetz - met him when he worked for Huntsman, it was too difficult to get past his arrogance to actually have a conversation with him.

There must be someone else viable for the job. I don't believe seniority is a valid necessity, change is good for the country; that way they know their perks are limited and so is their special interest influence.

Sandy, UT

You promised us you would stay as long as Teddy Kennedy.

Well, Teddy has passed on Orrin.

It's time to leave. 1976 you were elected 1976!!!!!!

Our Founding Fathers never intended lifetime service for Congress. Only the Supreme Court is granted that.

Know when to go. Athletes stay too long, polititions, paleeze.

Follow Lavell Edwards and go out on top, go fishing, do something else with your life.
You may not be tired, but we are tired of you.

You will not get out of the Primaries.

Frankly, you stood idle for the last ten years while this whole metltdown took place.

You were not there for us.

Now, let's do this with dignity, and not the like the tantrum laden exit of Bob Bennett.

You are not a Prince, stop acting like one.

Forgotten Man
Salt Lake City, UT

Name callers: please state which actions led you to oppose Hatch. He's been a staunch conservative his entire career in the Senate. He single handedly kept Hill Air Force Base open, the State's largest employer. If the GOP regains control of the senate, Hatch is certain to chair a very important committee. We'd be idiotic to not re-elect him.

Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

I think they both are poor options. That's the problem with politics in general. Only the self-absorbed seek these offices. They talk a good talk, but in the end do what's in their own best interests.

It's unfortunate our political climate allows for only the extremes at either end of the political spectrum. As a moderate I don't even have the lesser of two evils anymore. Only two evils! Even if I could run, I could not win a primary (either party) because I'm not radical enough to suit the "base". It's the extremists that are hurting our country...BOTH SIDES!

Eugene, OR

Pray tell, Utah:

What exactly has Hatch done wrong?

And what has this new guy done right?

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