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Published: Tuesday, May 15 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

Service to individual constituents is all well and good, and is valuable PR. But consistent respect for the Constitution is VITAL. Yes, Sen. Hatch has done some good things. But over the years he has become casual in his respect for the Constitution, and has voted for massive programs that are far outside any Constitutional limits. Such votes have led to our current national crisis.

Hatch has further disrespected the Constitution when he has pushed to amend it for trivial reasons. He even wanted to amend it so that his friend Arnold Schwarzenegger (not born in America) could run for president.

I've voted for Hatch in the past, but his growing arrogance, his lack of respect for the Constitution, and his desperate, deceptive schemes to hold onto power, have turned me the other way. He has become a power-hungry politician who is part of the problem in Washington. By comparison, constituent service means little.

Apricot Tree
Brigham City, UT

I don't have as much time online as Peanut Gallery, but I disagree with him and I hope that most Utah voters do too. Hatch is strong and will have the experience and zest to defend conservative principles (much more effectively than Liljenquist although he is a good man) - both in the economy and in family values - whether or not the senate is controlled by a GOP majority.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

When he votes "present" because his friend ted kennedy is in the hospital and not there to cancel his vote, he is hardly faithful to his constituents.

Bifftacular
Spanish Fork, Ut

So... because Hatch's staff does a good job at responding to constituents with letters, he gets to be a Senator for life? I don't understand that thinking at all. The man is trying to stay in office for 42 YEARS! Do you really think that is what our forefathers were hoping and expecting would happen? Even the best of men & women can and will be influenced, if not corrupted, by power staying in office that long. There comes a time in every situation when change is natural if not necessary. That time is now for multiple reasons. Without demonizing Hatch, let's thank him for his service and allow him to retire to his wife and children in a dignified manner.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Hatch arrogant? Hardly. Talk to him sometime.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I find it interesting that those who are quickly dismissing Hatch's experience were the very same people who criticized Obama's lack of experience (and demanded that McCain win because of his experience). It's interesting to see how arguments change depending on who you individually want to win power...

I'm ok with Hatch being replaced.

However, I wonder what Hatch's "constituents" are? Were they the people who "voted" him in? Or were they the folks who funded his campaign?

I think many Utahns are under the (false) impression that politicians are representing voters. In reality, they represent those who finance their campaigns and ads.

Cameron
Eagle Mountain, UT

Orrin Hatch has done a great job with his constituent outreach...ever since Bob Bennett lost two years ago.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The duty of a Senator is to represent the State. If you want Hatch to represent the people, then elect him as a member of the House.

The duties of a Senator and a Representative have some overlapping responsibilities, but those overlapping do no include writing warm and fuzzy letters to the people of a State.

Utah is represented by two Senators, just like every other State in the Union. Hatch's job is to see that Utah's needs are not squelched by the government.

Where was Hatch when Obama closed Utah's oil fields? If Hatch had any power or influence, why didn't he rally the other Senators to Utah's cause? All of the States are paying suffering because the demand for oil is greater than the supply. Why did Hatch and the other Senators allow Obama to lock up the oil in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado?

Instead of having his staff write warm and fuzzy letters to the people of Utah, why didn't Hatch do his job to protect Utah from Obama?

PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

Re: Flashback: I have talked to Hatch. In many ways he's a decent man. But he HAS become quite arrogant. He doesn't like being challenged on his views or his votes, and sometimes becomes condescending or offended or angry that someone might disagree with him.

He says Mitt Romney can't get along without him, and Mike Lee can't get along without him, and Utah can't get along without him, and the Senate Finance Committee can't get along without him. At a delegate event he told state delegates that Utah will never have a senator as good as himself. He's arrogant and desperate to hang on to his power. I think we'll be just fine without him.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

If we're just happy with receiving letters back from Sen. Hatch, then we SHOULD be voting for the head of his "constituent services" department.

He/She's the one that responds to you, NOT Sen. Hatch.

Its doubtful the Senator even SEES your letters!

jsf
Centerville, UT

Spector said it all, his endorsement for Hatch is a final nail in the coffin.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Gee, Mike Richards, when did Obama close Utah's oil fields? If he did, why is all that new drilling going on out in the Unitah Basin? And the natural gas drilling south of there?

Did I miss something? Or did you?

swede1952
Smithfield, UT

Some people "can't see the forest because of ALL the trees." Has Orrin Hatch reached "revered status?" Is he "unfailing?" Is he worthy of "veneration?" Erect a statue of him on the grounds of the Utah State capital, and be dome with it! Hatch has served his time. He is old. He ties with Senator Reed Smoot for length of service in the Senate. GREAT! Thank you, Senator Hatch. Now go and do something else! Utahns deserve a Senator that is vital, robust, and is supremely intellectual. Someone NOT beholden to special interests, lobbyists, or right or left wing extremists. I pray that the majority of Utahns are fair-minded, courageous, and far-sighted enough to give a younger man the opportunity to prove himself. Isn't that what AMERICA is ALL about? Yes, change is threatening. Newcomers are hard for some to trust. I'm grateful someone gave me the chance to teach in the public schools, to work as a professional genealogist, etc. Everyone DESERVES a chance! I'm comfortable with Dan Liljenquist as Utah's new Senator. I'm willing to place my trust in Dan. Please join me in giving Dan to opportunity to serve

not here
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

@ mike richards:

Sir if you don't mind just when did Obama shut down the oil fields in Utah and if you please a link to that also. I work the patch and would like to know when that happened.

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