Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Senator Orrin G. Hatch speaks during the investiture ceremony for the new U.S. Attorney, David B. Barlow, at the Frank E. Moss Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

I was ready to get rid of Orrin Hatch. He has been there too long and compromised too many times. I was looking for another Mike Lee type who really understands how government is supposed to work.

Then I got a mailer reminding me that Sen. Dan Liljenquist and Rep. Chris Herrod had voted to restrict my right to know what's going on in Utah state government (they voted "Yes" on HB477. Technically, Herrod managed to be "absent or not voting" on the final vote, but he had voted "Yes" earlier). I verified that vote on the Legislature's website.

Sorry boys, that disqualifies you from getting my support. There is no excuse. Every conservative ought to strongly support disclosure laws so ordinary citizens can fight back against big government. HB477 had a few good things, but overall, it was a bad bill.

Steve Setzer