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Published: Tuesday, March 13 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT

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one old man
Ogden, UT

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.

Let's be reasonable
Belgrade, Serbia

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.

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

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.

Clearfield, 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.

Salt Lake City, UT

Getting rid of Hatch Matheson and Obama in the same year would make Utah the best place to live in the usa

Salt Lake City, UT

If the Tea Party is the "new" Republican Party, then there is no more room for me.


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?

West Valley City, 00

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.

one old man
Ogden, UT

To Furry1993
Clearfield, 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.


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?

Wichita, KS

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!!!!

Spanish Fork, UT

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.)

Cottonwood Heights, UT

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 easily.

Danbury, CT

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.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

"In a new television ad released Monday, Mitt Romney speaks up for Sen. Orrin Hatch ahead of this week's Utah Republican caucuses.Â

This should be fun to watch¦.

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 them¦.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

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.

Layton, UT

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.

Midway, UT

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 "entitlements".

murray, UT

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.

one old man
Ogden, UT

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.

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