I find the graphic with this article disingenuous. It says Freedom Works has
spent so X dollars to UNSEAT republicans, and Y dollars ATTACKING BO and the
dems. The goal of the spending is the same, so why is to unseat one and attack
another. The authorÂs bias is showing.one old man,You
mean the dems do NOT support abortion and gay marriage? lehiaggie,the deficit has decreased and the economy improved more when
we had gridlock than when the dems ran everything. We need MORE obstructionist
tactics if the dems stay in power.
So the TeaPartiers are pure constitutionalists who are for states rights, right?
Well how can then meddleing in another state's election be in support of states
rights? Pure and simple bull puckey. Let the people of their own state
establish their own representation. Stay in Texas, Dick Armey. Leave Utah to
OK, How many millions has Senator Hatch spent trying to stay elected for 42
years? $3 million, 4, 5, 6....Freedom Works is ONE Tea Party group.
The article seems to assume anyone that is Taxed Enough Already has ties to
Freedom Works, which is not the case. At least with Freedom Works, you know who
is behind the spin, and they are not secret about it. With Freedom
Path, you don't know who is funding it or behind the distorted spin. They have
gone out of their way to be secret about it. Freedom Path is spending hundreds
of thousands blasting the 2 main challengers of Sen. Hatch.
I am not affiliated with either party,but lean conservative on most issues. I
find the extreme positions of the Tea Party almost as appalling as those of the
Obama administration. Until federal election laws have term limits, I prefer to
have Hatch's seniority and influence over another useless freshman senator like
Lee. If the tea party had any hope of credibility they would spend
their resources to defeat liberal incumbents.
All you guys (read Hatch campaign staff) complaining about Freedom Works being
outsiders think again. There are 15,000 FreedomWorks contributors in the State
of Utah, which is more than Senator Hatch has in the State of Utah. And, just
for the record: you don't have to be a Tea-Partier to see that it's long overdue
for Senator Hatch to come home. In fact, Senator Hatch knew three terms was
enough when he first ran, and committed that would be his limit. He fudged on
that a little, but two terms ago committed in the State Republican Convention
that he would retire after one more term (that would have been 6 years ago). Senator Hatch's best shot as to why he should return: "Orrin
Hatch--fighting unapologetically for Utah!" Laughable! He thinks we want him
to get the federal government to spend more money in the State of Utah! News
Flash to Senator Hatch: We don't want the federal government to spend more money
anywhere, even here in Utah! It's not the federal government's job to provide
jobs to Utahns...we can do just fine on our own, thank you.
1conservative, you lie. Hatch has never once said that he'd only serve 3 terms.
That is made up nonsense. The rest of you, I guess you'd like Ted Moss back,
eh? He was a liberal in Washihngton playing a conservative at home. That's why
@one old man"And exactly WHO are these shadowy figures behind
all this? What, exactly, do they want to do? Who are the contributors to this?
How many of them are from overseas? How many, if any, are from Utah?"Shadowy figures? Have you ever heard of the Chicago machine? Have you
ever heard of a man named George Soros?
Time to get Hatch out.I hope that we recognize that we have to hold
politicians to the fire. If they vote in a way we don't like, we need to hold
them accountable.This way, future politicians are very acute to the
representation's desires, due to the fact their future in washington depends on
it.The longer we elect candidates that don't do what we want, the
more they feel they can get away with. Hatch is a perfect example of this.
One of the reasons nothing has been done the last two years is because of the
obstructionist tactics of the tea party. We don't need more of that.If Hatch doesn't make it into the primaries where the people can decide, then
the caucus system needs to be replaced. In fact it should probably be replaced
anyway so a small percentage is not able to control who is running for office. I
still think Bennet would have been reelected if not for the convention
shenanigans of the tea party.
As a supporter of Mitt Romney, I find it perplexing that he is endorsing Hatch.
Isn't Romney saying we need to get rid of the establishment (Santorum)? Seems
hypocritical to me?
Freedom works ultimate plan is to shift power in Washington. Orrin Hatch is
about to wield great power in Washington. He will have the power to cut the
budget significantly. This is great for Utah and for what all true conservatives
would like to see done and Senator Hatch will do it. Freedomworks wants someone
else to be in that position. We need Senator Hatch. We don't need
another freshman Senator. Don't get me wrong, I like Mike Lee and he is going to
be terrific once he gains seniority. What we don't need it another senator
without seniority. I would love to see term limits. We don't have them. Until we
get them it is at Utah's disadvantage not to leave our senators there. Vote for Hatch! Resist this ad campaign from people who are opportunists and
don't have Utah's best interests in mind.
JNA, perhaps if you were to take a REALLY good look at what Democrats actually
believe and not allow some GOP mouthpiece to tell you, you would change your
mind.Please, at least make the effort.
The title should be "Orrin Hatch spends over 3 million dollars to let Utah
voters know who he is after 36 years in office" Freedom Works has spent a
pittance of the money Orrin has spent, all focused on getting attention to his
record financial carelessness, with votes such as 16 debt ceiling increases
equaling 7.5 trillion dollars, TARP, the Dream Act, No Child Left Behind,
SCHIP..the list goes on and on.
I am a Republican, but I honestly don't see any difference between the two
parties. Both support wars, deficits, corruption, and only care about
consolidating their power. To this end they bicker publicly, then light up a
stogie and slap each other on the back in their social clubs. I, for one, am
sick of the establishment. I want to hit the reset button on Congress.
Everyone talks about "getting things done" as if everything the
government does is positive. Let's remember that the state is the enemy of the
people and only expands at the expense of liberty. Any time something "gets
done" you can bet it will cost money and take away more liberties. Folks,
we are in need of a revolution. We need to be able to distinguish clearly
between the parties on the most important issues. Based on those currently in
power, it is almost impossible to do so. Sayonara Hatch. You and Bennett can
keep your uninspiring centrism. Give me less government, less taxes, more
responsibility, expanded freedom, and free markets. Give me a peaceful world to
raise my kids in without the crushing burden of war debt and your
I am getting sick and tired of being a Republican and having the tea party type
folks killing the party. They are going to drive Obama, which happens to be the
worst President in the history of the United States, right back for another 4
years. I would like to be Democrat but cannot stomach the abortion issue of the
party especially when they hide behind the lie that its about "choice".
The one thing about the Democrats, they get behind their candidates and they
get things done even if its to the total detriment of the country.
1conservative,I read another article on this web page saying Hatch has
spent $3 million on this election cycle. $600,000 pales in comparison to what
Hatch has spent.
"In a new television ad released Monday, Mitt Romney speaks up for Sen.
Orrin Hatch ahead of this week's Utah Republican caucuses.ÂThis
should be fun to watchÂ¦.Will Utah Republicans continue to
blindly follow and worship everything Mitt Romney says and does, or will they
finally stand up to him reject on something?It appears HatchÂs
people are betting Utah Republicans will once again blindly follow and do
everything Mitt Romney tells themÂ¦.
These people are incredibly lacking in intelligence. I don't love Hatch, but why
spend all the money to unseat ANY Republican instead of going after Democrats.
The GOP is being taken over by fringe lunatics and it will end up biting them in
the end. This country is getting more and more extreme while we need reasonable
solutions and people who can reach across to their opponents a la Reagan.
Hatch isn't going anywhere. Bennett was on the banking committee that was
supposed to watching the ship, not because he wasn't conservative enough. As a
delegate I voted Bennett out because he was asleep at the switch.Hatch doesn't have that problem and I intend to vote for him.I
also see that having someone like Mike Lee really hurts Utah. I would be
surprised if Mike Lee gets reelected. But I think Hatch wins this one pretty
This is a pretty one-sided story. When literally 7 times as much (over $4
million) of Hatch's re-election warchest is *also* coming from outside groups
-- most of which have aims and goals a lot less simple than FreedomWorks then I
think it's worth looking at the other side of the story.In Spanish
Fork a few weeks ago, Hatch claimed that the reason he voted to raise the debt
ceiling 16 times was mostly because everybody else was doing it and sometimes in
the face of radical national security threats during the Reagan years (OK
Senator Hatch, even if we spot you the two votes during the Reagan years on your
claim of 'national security interests' then you still have 14 other votes
amassing trillions of dollars of still unfunded legislation that you need to
answer for and, no, quite frankly 'everybody else was doing it' is not a very
noble answer in my opinion.)
I don't live in Kansas anymore - so I have no idea who the dude is that is
running against Mr. Hatch. But, I do know that years ago I worked to elect Mr.
Hatch. His whole spiel was "Mr. Moss has been in office too long (I think he
was working on his third term)and he needs to go." Now Mr. Hatch has been in
office 35 years - and feels another 6 years is justified? Power does strange
things to people - doesn't it?BTW - how much longer is the
Republican Party going to stand bye and let the MSM divide it by referring to
the "Tea Party" and the "Establishment Republican Party?" The
MSM media doesn't separate the far left element of it's party from the
Establishment Democrat Party. Wake up people!!!!
Tea party, or not, somebody actually has the right idea. I am old enough to
remember Orrin Hatch unseating Senator Moss, which was a good thing, but on the
premise that he was only going to be there a short while, not forever like Moss.
Over 30 years is enough time - please. I am disappointed in both parties for
not putting up a good candidate. What happened to Chafetz?
To Furry1993Clearfield, UT"The TeaParty is trying to get
rid of Hatch? That's a good reason to support Hatch (as the lesser of the evils
in the race). One more thing -- we absolutely do NOT need to inflict another
incompetent like Mike Lee on the Senate and the United States. We all deserve
better."Furry, you are absolutely right! Let's work to elect a
competent Utah senator, Pete Ashdown.
Over the years I have written Hatch many times. In every instance he was for
keeping things the way they are. Now he says he can evoke change. Hatch supports
what got us where we are today. Do you want change or more of what we are
getting? The fact that the tea party is trying to oust Hatch is beside the point
for me. I know what he stands for, his record shows it. We need someone who
represents the common man, not the big corps.
I wonder how much Hatch has put into his re-election bid? A 6 term Senator
SHOULDN'T have to spend a whole lot, but I see an awful lot of ads from him
trying to save his seat! I wonder how much his lobbyist friends are willing to
put into HIS campaign?Hatch said he'd quit at 3 terms when he took
office. He has doubled that number.This article (since they didn't
include the amount Hatch has spent)looks like an effort to preserve the
"status quo".Whats wrong with having someone new elected?
If the Tea Party is the "new" Republican Party, then there is no more
room for me.
Getting rid of Hatch Matheson and Obama in the same year would make Utah the
best place to live in the usa
The TeaParty is trying to get rid of Hatch? That's a good reason to support
Hatch (as the lesser of the evils in the race). One more thing -- we absolutely
do NOT need to inflict another incompetent like Mike Lee on the Senate and the
United States. We all deserve better.
Dick Armey and his FreedomWorks buddies aren't Utahns, probably don't even like
Utahns, and definitely don't have Utahns' best interests at heart. As far as I'm
concerned, they can go back to Texas and take their $600,000 with them.(By the way, don't think for a moment that Utah businesses have been the
recipient of all or even most of that money. A lot of it has gone to the USPS
and to a printing company in Virginia. Another big chunk has gone to
out-of-state online advertisers like Google.)As disappointed as I am
with Orrin Hatch's recent rightward shift, I would rather have a proven
pragmatist representing me in the Senate than another young, uninfluential
obstructionist. One Senator Lee is more than we need.
If anyone had doubts about Teapartiers being wack-jobs this is a blatant example
of thier short sighted silliness. This is so similar to a toddler stamping its
foot or rioters who torch their own supermarkets to show everyone how mad they
are. Utter and pure silly, imature mentality with a narrow self-centered focus.
They say this is about the constitution, but it comes down to
taxes....therefore money. Childish.
And exactly WHO are these shadowy figures behind all this? What, exactly, do
they want to do? Who are the contributors to this? How many of them are from
overseas? How many, if any, are from Utah?Weren't we warned about
"Secret Combinations?" Do I smell the odor of Gadiantons here?And above all, why are so many Utahns -- whose own scriptures warn against
things like this -- not paying attention?Repeal Citizens United.Elect an honest replacement for Hatch. That would be Pete Ashdown.