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Published: Thursday, July 14 2011 3:00 p.m. MDT

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Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes! Have fun in Provo, Jason.

Salt Lake City, UT

To those who think this means anything, I say: "Big deal!" This has no bearing on anything; for those who choose to recall, Jason beat a long-term incumbent who outspent him six to one. This is all smoke and mirrors. Just like Orrin Hatch.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

So what?

Six term incumbent Senators have a lot of favors to call in, and lots of donors like to bet on winning horses, so they contribute to anyone they think will win (and often their opponents as well), but especially incumbents.

I am sure that Hatch keeps telling prospective donors about his seniority, experience and all the wonderful things he will be able to do if he comes back again.

However, there is a very slim record of actually accomplishing anything in the past (other than getting along well with Ted Kennedy and some song-writing).

Our country faces perilous times and the time for career pliticians who go along to get along is over. We need bold fighters who will stop the spending now, not promise to compromise in the future.

Time to retire, Orrin. Remember what you told Utahns when you first ran: "What do you call a Senator who has been in Washington for 18 years? You call him home!"

Cedar Hills, UT

What is it with power hungry career politicians like Hatch? Doesn't he look at his own photo and realize that time has passed and its time for another to get a turn on the ride?

Penguin Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Yo, Jase, your politics are annoying to the point they causing "chafing." Get it? I hope you lose. We don't need your kind. You promised not to do earmarks, and then you did. Me and my tea party buddies don't like you disrespecting us. Maybe you'll learn your lesson this time.

Kearns, UT

The fact that I would support Orrin Hatch in this race just tells you how ridiculous Jason Chaffetz is.

Sugar City, ID

Teddy Roosevelt understood that donors to political campaigns always demand repayment in currency of their own choosing. We need campaign reform bad.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT


If Rep. Chaffetz had obtained 10X as much money as Orrin Hatch, would you still say "Big Deal" or would you be chest thumping about how great Chaffetz is?

Salt Lake City, UT

If Rep. Chaffetz runs for US Senate, we will have two good candidates to choose from. At some point Sen. Hatch will retire and we will need someone else there. The question is do we want Senator Hatch to retire at 78 years old or 84 years old? (36 years in office or 42 years?) Senator Hatch has been there since Jan 1977 and has done a lot of good things, and some I don't agree with.

The amount of funds either raises will not determine who I vote for, but if it did, the one that spent the least would impress me more.

Provo, UT

The fact of the matter is that most people's assumption is false. they believe that someone like Senator Hatch votes a certain way because someone gives him campaign donations. The fact of the matter is that most people give campaign cash because of the way a Congressman votes. Some may not see the distinction but it is real and important. For instance, a lot of people think Senator Hatch votes for the Dietary Supplement Industry because they give him campaign money when in fact he legislates the way they like because he believes that freedom is important and because he legislates that way, they give him campaign donations. One scenario is corrupt and one is legitimate. One way to know how deep support is is to see what level of campaign donations they receive. In this instance it is clear that Senator Hatch has a lot of support and that Congressman Chaffetz has support of many of the hard core GOP far right who are prone to attend the caucus and shout but not so prone to donate cash.

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