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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 8 2011 4:00 p.m. MST

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Farmington, UT

Save your money, Pete. Orrin isn't as out-of-touch as Bob Bennett apparently was with voters.

Rexburg, ID

Hahaha... Good luck with that!

newhall, CA

Orrin Hatch has become Frank Moss. In too long and out of touch with Utahns. Hatch has made his millions 'serving' for 30 plus years. His minions, political hacks have also benefited financially. It is time for new blood. Borin' Orrin needs to go. Yet, his ego will probably get him re-elected. And to think Stan Parrish is still under his spell, and still making money off of Hatch. How sad that Utahns have to be subjected to Hatch's cronies for another six years.

Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

It would be a nice change but unfortunately the numerous sheep of Utah will continue to vote straight ticket republican, just because.

slc, ut

Go get 'em Pete, Orrin is old and in the way.

Salt Lake City, UT


Atlanta, GA

I'm a pretty solid Democrat, formerly from Utah. But I just can't trust Ashdown. I voted against him last time, and would do so again.

You need to have a better reason to be a Democrat than "There are too many Republicans around."

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Rock Of The Marne | 7:00 p.m. Nov. 8, 2011
"but unfortunately the numerous sheep of Utah will continue to vote straight ticket republican"

Democrats in Chicago don't vote straight ticket Democrat? Last time Democrat Pete Ashdown ran against Hatch he didn't have the liability of Obama hanging around his neck. Perhaps Ashdown should ask Obama to come and campaign for him.

Springville, UT

Let's see, Hatch has been in office since 1976, 36 years, and he wants to serve 42 years (at least). He is 77 years old, and will be 78 years old at the time of the next election. When he completes his 7th term seven years from now, he will be 84 years old. Can anyone honestly tell me that his abilities have not been diminished with age and they will not diminish further over the next 7 years? Isn't it time, perhaps, for Utah to thank Hatch for his service, and ask him to retire (either voluntarily or the voters send the message at the ballot box)? Are there no competent younger people who are able to represent Utah? Is it not time to let a new generation lead? Are we in Utah so violently conservative that we fear even change in who we send to represent us in Washington? Is the status quo really so great that we will vote for more of the same? If you complain about Washington, then send the same people, you have only yourself to blame.

one old man
Ogden, UT

This is great news. It will be a long hard battle, but maybe, just maybe there are enough of us who are so disgusted with Hatch that Ashdown might have a chance of winning.

One big problem last time was that the national Democratic party had written Utah off and provided no financial help. As a result, Ashdown was pretty much an unknown to most voters.

After the election, I heard many people moaning that there had not been an alternative running against Hatch. When I told them about Ashdown, many asked who he was and even though I told them he was a Democrat, they indicated they would have voted for him if they had known he was out there.

Let's hope that Pete can get the word out better this time. Hatch really needs to be gone.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Esquire, your worry about Hatch's diminishing abilities are pointless.

He doesn't need any abilities. Never has. All he needs to do is continue to obey instructions from the special interests that own him and dictate his actions.

Farmington, UT

Hatch might be old, but he is highly intelligent, an effective spokesman for the state of Utah and an able politician who has crossed the aisle to work with the Democrats. The last thing we need right now is another Democrat in the Senate, which won't even take up Obama's so-called jobs bill, which is actually a tax-and-spend bill. We need less spending in Washington, not more. We need less federal intervention in local government, not more. The problem with so-called moderate Democrats is that when we send them to Washington, they usually end up voting the same way Pelosi or any of the other left-wing extremists vote. They lie about things, such as calling a spending increase a spending cut. Ashdown might be a DINO, Democrat in name only, but I doubt it.

When domestic hogs get loose in the wild, in just a few generations they take on the characteristics of wild hogs. Even their babies are born with stripes. When a DINO goes to Washington, this same transformation takes months rather than generations.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re" one old man | 7:16 a.m. Nov. 9, 2011
"but maybe, just maybe there are enough of us who are so disgusted with Hatch that Ashdown might have a chance of winning"

If Ashdown didn't have Obama like an anchor around his neck maybe he might have a chance, maybe. As it currently stands his only chance will be if Hatch gets struck by lightning.

Logan, UT

Hatch has been "serving" in the Senate longer than over 50% of the state he "represents" has been alive. Time for him to go.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

One Old Man,
if the folks you talked to aren't smart enough to see the alternatives ON THE BALLOT, maybe they shouldn't be voting.

Those of you who complain about hatch being there too long, I agree with you. He has been there too long. Unfortunately the alternative is to send someone to DC who will help clown prince harry hold onto power in the senate, which is totally unacceptable. But since it looks like there will be no credible alternative to hatch on the republican side, there is no credible alternative to borin' orrin.

South Jordan, UT

Pete Ashdown looking to unseat Orrin Hatch? We haven't even held the Republican Convention yet. With support from those who can see that Hatch is LONG past his useful years, we may yet have two REAL choices in the general election.

But Republican or not, I will not vote for Hatch. No matter what he says, he hasn't changed, so we need to change things for him.

Great Horned Owl
Spanish Fork, UT

I'm a registered Republican, active in the party as a delegate. If we can't retire Hatch at convention, I'd certainly consider voting outside the party. I'll definitely check out Ashdown. It's hard to imagine we could do worse than 6 more years of Hatch. And I've yet to see any real contenders against Hatch. (though I am checking into Liljenquist). Hatch is far far more wiley than Bennett was. He votes the same and has the same arrogance. But his people answer their phones and he takes the time to smile at you at conventions.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Great Horned Owl | 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 2011

I'm a registered Republican too, and I don't like the direction Harry Reid is taking the Senate. Why would I want to vote to give him more power?

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