LDS Liberal, I vowed that I would never vote for Orrin Hatch, true. Here's
the problem. Howell is a Democrat, and way more Democrats than Republicans voted
for the bank bailouts that were a total scam. Not one Democratic Senator, not a
single one, voted against the horrible, pork-laden, special interest-favoring,
debt increasing ARRA. Not one Democratic Senator voted against Obamacare, which
is equally if not more horrible than the ARRA. If Scott Howell can prove to me
that he will vote in line with his fellow Utahns and Americans and contrary to
his fellow Democrats in Congress, by voting against such atrocities as the
bailouts and Obamacare he will have my vote, I promise it. If not, I probably
will still not vote for Orrin Hatch, but there is no way possible I am going to
vote to send another Democrat to Washington to rip me off. There is a reason
Utahns are afraid of Democrats. It isn't despite the issues; it's
because of them. Recently, Democrats, in a predictable and partisan way, with a
few exceptions, have voted against the will of Utahns (and Americans) on issues,
e.g. bank bailouts, Obamacare, etc.
Utahns SAY they "think" and "vote on the issues" --- But in reality most vote party-line (R).I challenge any
"thinking" voter to lay aside R's and D's and party platforms
vote strictly for the person.That goes espicially true for the
anti-Hatch Republicans who trash talked Orrin for months leading up to the
Convention and promised to do everything in their power to unseat him, but
by lacking any sense of integrity, will swollow their pride, lap up their
own vomit, and cowardly pull the curtain and secretly vote Party-line.
Seems that Scott is asking us to support him for the same reasons as we should
support Romney - business experience.
I, like many Utahns, am very disappointed in Orrin Hatch, especially his vote
for the bailout of AIG and friends. I, like many Utahns, wrote him and Bob
Bennett several letters each, pleading with them to not be so reckless with hard
earned taxpayer money. Well, it didn't work. They voted for the bailout,
anyway, despite the public outcry. Fortunately, Bob Bennett paid DEARLY for his
poor decision. Unfortunately, Hatch is still around and has won his primary.
Unfortunately still, I may end up voting for him or just not voting at all. Why?
Democrats in Congress were far more likely to vote for the bailout than their
Republican counterparts. It seems to me that Democrats are far more likely to
vote for crony favoring, debt increasing legislation in general, e.g. ARRA,
Obamacare, etc. However, if Scott Howell can give me some kind of guarantee that
he won't vote in favor of such atrocities, like the overwhelming majority
of his fellow Democrats, he will have my vote! It is all up to him. Convince me
you won't vote for things like bailouts, TARPS, Obamacares, and countless
other scams, and you'll have my vote, Scott Howell!
Mike Richards -While Scott was serving as the Senate Minority Leader
in the Utah Senate, he encouraged his colleagues to vote their conscience, their
constituents, and the constitution. That's always been his guiding
principle, and has promised to do the same in the US Senate.Regarding social issues, Scott is a member of the LDS church and his positions
are in line with his religious beliefs.
Mike Richards -- how about defining exactly what those "Utah values"
are?Do they include the outright lies we hear daily in ads
supporting Republican candidates?
Mr. Howell,America is facing a crisis caused by government exceeding
its authority. Would you promise to vote against ANY bill that is
not Constitutionally authorized? Don't say that only the Court can decide
if something is Constitutional. You're asking us to put you in a position
that allows you to write legislation. If you don't understand the
Constitution well enough to know what the limits of your duties are, how can we
trust you to uphold the Supreme Law of the Land?Do you respect life?
Will you vote to prohibit abortions unless the unborn is given the same rights
as a convicted felon to an appeal - all the way to the Supreme Court - to
preserve that unborn baby's life? The primary duty of government is to
protect its citizens. Fifty million have been destroyed, with the consent of
their mothers, while those unborn babies were nestled in the mother's womb.
What are you going to do about that? The people of Utah don't believe in
abortion except in rare cases.What about changing marriage? Where
do you stand?Will you stand for Utah values or for Democrat values?
Although I will vote for Scott Howell and sincerely hope he is willing to
compromise in order to solve problems, I disagree with his notion that what we
need in the Senate is a businessman. Business values are the last thing we need
in government. Let's have more statesmen and fewer businessmen.As for Hatch, yes, he should spend more time with his grandkids. What is he
thinking, running for a seventh term, especially after the statements he has
made in the past? Time for us to hold Orrin accountable for his own views. Vote
hatch represents everything that is wrong with our government.Since
he will have senority, Utah voters will vote for him...again...and again...and
Excellent letter, from a man I've admired for years. And I challenge all
the Republicans who have expressed their disappointment over Hatch in these
pages to support Utah's next great senator, Scott Howell.
You know,I hate to come off as cynical but they all say this stuff at the
Hatch has been in the Senate for a very long time. He is the status quo. If you
don't like what is going on, then why send the same people? It is
I clicked on the link to his site. No where could i find a comment addressing
the serious environmental concerns that Utah faces. Pollution needs to be
addressed. The laxity of the Federal and State governments in permitting the
handling of dangerous pollutants needs to be a topic that we, the voters, hear
where the candidates stand. Utah is a beautiful State - WHEN you can see it
through the haze!