Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Senator Orrin Hatch speaks at the Salt Lake County GOP convention at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

I have been a supporter of Sen. Orrin Hatch from the time that he was first elected to the Senate. He has done an excellent job for both the nation and for Utah.

On the other hand, I do not believe in lifetime, professional politicians. I don't believe that the nation's founding fathers intended for this country to be run by "lifers." The Senate was not intended to be a House of Lords. I know that the members of the Senate have made rules that give the most power to those who have held office the longest. That is to protect themselves, not for the benefit of the country. Many of the early founding fathers, understanding this principle, left office after a few short terms (i.e. George Washington).

I know that Hatch has power. He keeps reminding us of it. But the principle of not having lifetime, professional politicians is more important to me. Therefore, I will be voting principle over power in the primary election.

James Watkins