FreedomWorks endorses Mia Love, Dan Liljenquist


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  • Clinton Draper, UT
    April 27, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    I have spoken to many people during the last few months regarding Hatch, and the only reasons I've heard for supporting him is that he will "save" HAFB, and that he has a chance of being the chairman of the finance committee. First of all, Hatch has about as much to do with saving HAFB as I do. That has been out of senator's hands for over 5 years. Second, who cares about Hatch's chance to head a committee when his voting record shows him to be for big government, debt, and special favors for big business? I don't want somebody like Hatch anywhere near a position of power, including that of U.S. Senator.

    Don't people remember the media's fawning over Obama and Billary four years ago, depicting that year's election as "historic" because we would have either America's first woman or its first African-American president? I know a lot of people who voted for Obama for that reason alone. That is all the chairman of the finance committee is for Hatch, a "historic moment" that he hopes to capitalize on. Don't be fooled.

  • Clinton Draper, UT
    April 27, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    @ Utah Bill: Don't you think that is a bit shallow and ill-informed on your part? You're supposed to vote for the candidate who will best represent you in Congress. Hatch has proven, at least to me, that he doesn't represent me and is therefore a a bad candidate, plain and simple. I don't care who supports Hatch, he is a bad candidate and I will vote against him for that reason alone. I wish people would stop being drug in by the drama and look at the facts instead...

    @Hunt: I live in Salt Lake County and volunteered to help FreedomWorks at the Republican Convention. I thought it was funny how many people came by the booth and said, "I hate what you did to Hatch!" or "Stop bringing outside money into Utah politics!" I asked one woman, "Don't you think Hatch has brought in exponentially more outside money into Utah politics?" to which she replied, "No!" and walked away. I really wished people knew how this all worked...

  • Clinton Draper, UT
    April 27, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    @ On the other hand.

    I will tell you exactly what FreedomWorks has done for Utah, "On the other hand." FreedomWorks provided a platform for those of us who are sick of Hatch's two-faced politics and want him out. FreedomWorks provided the funding and information to get the message out that Hatch's voting record contradicts what he tries to sell us back home. Finally, FreedomWorks helped force Hatch into a primary so that those of us who are disgusted by his big-government record can finally have a voice and hopefully push him out of office.

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    April 27, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    Besides constantly bashing Freedom Works and supposedly their horrible outsider money (funny how no one is bashing Hatches money from outsiders, a sum of which is much much more) not one person on here has expressed WHY Freedom Works platform is such a bad one. Unless of course you oppose restoring fiscal responsibility and shrinking the size of our bloated government.

    Me thinks there are a few Hatch cronies on here attempting to sway opinion.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 27, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    JDavoudi, Mike Lee is not a leader. He hasn't done anything except obstruct.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 27, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    If I was Mia Love, I'd run the other way and wouldn't accept their endorsement. Dan on the other hand, he can accept it and then get beat in the primary.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 27, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    FreeWorks, FreedomSchmerks….

    It’s all about Capital, Business, and Advertising in Utah.

    Let’s see who pays Glenn Beck the most $$$ to tell them who to support….
    That will tell you who will win in Utah.

    Speaking of endorsements, solidarity, support….
    Anyone else find it funny and extremely ironic that Utah’s own love-feast with all-things Mitt Romney and his personal endorsement for Orrin Hatch doesn’t mean anything to his supporters?

  • homers Provo, UT
    April 27, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    A FreedomWorks endorsement in Utah means your polling numbers drop by ten points. The last poll I saw, taken by Mason-Dixon, showed Liljenquist down by over 40 percentage points. Now that FreedomWorks has endorsed him he will probably be behind by 50 percentage points. Instead of Dan accepting their endorsement he should give THEM money to keep their mouth shut.

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    April 27, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    @UTAH Bill


  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    Anyone FreedomWorks supports will not get my vote.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    April 27, 2012 7:32 a.m.

    I now see another reason not to support Liljenquist. If I lived in Love's district, I would now have a big reason not to support Love.

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    April 27, 2012 1:49 a.m.

    For all this complaining about outside money coming from Freedom Works, where do you think Hatch has acquired overflowing war chest? It's loaded with outside money from Washington Special interest whom's only goal is to keep him in their back pocket. The only difference here is that Freedom Works is fully transparent as to what their goals are (very valid goals that will benefit Utah, not hurt it).

    Lets all keep in mind that Hatch has a penchant for becoming ultra conservative when election time comes around. The rest of the time he's voting for unfunded liabilities and increasing the size of government. The choice here is obvious for those that are willing to spend 5 minutes looking under the surface and not falling in love with the latest talking points.

  • JDavoudi TOLEDO, OH
    April 26, 2012 11:33 p.m.

    It's hilarious to see folks shooting the messenger rather than attack the message. Freedom Works has been fighting to reign in unsustainable spending since its inception. The issues with Orrin stem from the idea of why send back to DC to fix unsustainable spending the very people that got us in the position. I mean Orrin has voted to increase the debt ceiling 16 time totaling 7.5 trillion dollars....and we want him to fix spending problems? lol...Endorsing Mia Love and Dan Liljenquist shows Freedom Works is serious about reforming entitlements and cutting the size and scope of government. Kudos Freedom Works...thank you for leaders in DC like Rand Paul and Mike Lee...and soon to be Dan Liljenquist and Mia Love.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 26, 2012 10:32 p.m.

    Wow1 Looks like the Hatch campaign is in rapid response mode tonight! Good message discipline too, hitting all the Hatch cmapaign talking points, for whatever they are worth.

    Freedom Works endorsed two candidates, and that is newsworthy. We will see similar reports when liberal special interest groups and unions and trial lawyers endorse candidates as well. And of course, the newspapers will eventually make their endorsements (after candidates have committed to thousands of dollars of advertising...).

    Everyone is free to agree or disagree with any group's endorsements.

    Personally, I value the comments of Freedom Works much more than say, the Teachers Union, or the Trial Lawyers, the enviro folks, or the news media.

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    April 26, 2012 8:39 p.m.

    Since no was has convinced me that Liljenquist is superior to Hatch in ANY way, I'll stick with seniority thanks. You all realize, Freedom Works trying to get the Idaho guy into the most senior position and they could CARE LESS about Liljenquist.

    I do love Mia Lova though. You got my vote girl!

  • armchairQBonthehill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    Who cares who they dis or endorse. For all I know they could have endorsed Gayle Ruzicka, John Dougall, and Rob Blagojevich - - yeah I know, she isn't running for office, he's not fit for State Auditor (has an agenda and is an engineer by training), and the third guy is in prison.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    April 26, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    I hope most people won't dismiss Love and Lillenquist after this endorsement. I feel very strongly that I will be voting for both in the primaries (and in the general election later) and hope they won't get stuck with tea party labels. I vote for people who are going to represent me appropriately, not ones who are going to tear the government apart or serve only themselves. I feel Love and Lillenquist fit that bill.

    April 26, 2012 4:49 p.m.

    Thank you, FreedomWorks. Now, I know of two more people for whom I definitely don't want to vote.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    April 26, 2012 4:48 p.m.

    Outside money trying to influence our state election should rankle every voter in Utah.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    April 26, 2012 4:46 p.m.

    Dan will not best represent Utah's needs. Vote for what is best for Utah, Vote for Hatch.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    April 26, 2012 4:46 p.m.

    What has FreedomWorks ever done for Utah that their endorsement should mean anything? This is just an announcement that they're going to pay out-of-state companies large sums of money to try to convince Utah voters to elect candidates from the far-right fringe of the political spectrum, who FreedomWorks thinks will do their bidding. These people don't have Utah's interests at heart; they just think we can be bought.

    Go away, FreedomWorks.