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.
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.
@dferg,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?
Teddy Roosevelt understood that donors to political campaigns always demand
repayment in currency of their own choosing. We need campaign reform bad.
The fact that I would support Orrin Hatch in this race just tells you how
ridiculous Jason Chaffetz is.
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.
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?
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!"
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
Yes! Have fun in Provo, Jason.