Rep. Jason Chaffetz may challenge fellow Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2012

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  • arc
    May 13, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    Jason Chaffetz is doing a great job in the US House. If he were in the US Senate, he would do a great job there.

    Will he run, I don't know. At this point I would vote for either Jason Chaffetz or Cherilyn Eagar over Hatch, and I have been more impressed with Hatch over Bennett.

    I still want to wish Senator Bennett thanks for what you have done for the last 17 years and what you still will do this year.

  • homers
    May 12, 2010 6:15 p.m.

    You will notice nothing in Chaffetz's comments relating to whether it would be right or a good thing for Utah but only can I beat him.

  • homers
    May 12, 2010 6:13 p.m.

    Yeah, the founders had some small disagreements that didn't amount to much. Just ask Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr - just this little duel thing, other than that they were cool with each other.

  • dakuwaqa
    May 12, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    @ Reasonable...
    @B says "When Obama makes statements like, "At some point, you've earned enough money"

    Maybe if you'd put it in context, the entire discussion, you would understand what he was talking about?

    Umm, the mainstream media is a shining example of how things get reported out of context when it pertains to the right. Like the AZ law, which the vast majority have not read. Just wondering how the comment "'ve made enough money." get's taken out of context when he's talking about taxing the wealthy?

  • utah guy
    May 12, 2010 3:20 p.m.


    "Don't try to equate anyone in Congress today with the Founding Fathers. They had disagreements only on how best to preserve freedom and independence."

    Is that a joke? You need to read some actual U.S. History - perhaps you could pick up a used college textbook at the DI. Oh, that's right, college textbooks are evil and left-wing propoganda and don't diefy the founding fathers.

    They aren't diety, they were just men, contrary to what the right-wing idealogues think. They disagreed about everything, which is why the Constitution is such a remarkable document that was the end result of compromise at the hands of every signer.

  • utah guy
    May 12, 2010 2:54 p.m.


    So two terms in good for a senator, but two terms as a representative, then a senator is okay? Help me see the logic.

  • Lane Myer
    May 12, 2010 10:31 a.m.

    To B
    "They had disagreements only on how best to preserve freedom and independence. "

    Like whether or not to allow slavery or whether or not to have a strong central government. Minor disagreements like that.

    You need to read more, B.

  • Reasonable Person
    May 12, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    @B says "When Obama makes statements like, "At some point, you've earned enough money"

    Maybe if you'd put it in context, the entire discussion, you would understand what he was talking about?

  • B
    May 12, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    @utah guy

    Our founding fathers weren't proposing raising taxes to punish 'the wealthy.' Don't try to equate anyone in Congress today with the Founding Fathers. They had disagreements only on how best to preserve freedom and independence.

    When Obama makes statements like, "At some point, you've earned enough money" and "Too much information is a distraction" I have a problem with that.

  • Johnny Triumph
    May 12, 2010 9:28 a.m.

    This sounds like something Utahns would do, kick out yet another experienced and credentialed representative in order to bring in a blogger...this state sickens me at what we lost by losing Bennett, we can't afford to lose Hatch too.

  • Blaine
    May 12, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    Hatch spent too much time thinking he was Ted Kennedy's best buddy. In fact, Hatch was Kennedy's best puppet.

  • Madden
    May 12, 2010 8:27 a.m.

    Chaffetz may challenge...and he would win too.

    We just need to get a stance on term limits on record - really 2 terms is plenty long for a Senator. Any more than that is crazy talk.

  • Rational
    May 12, 2010 8:21 a.m.

    Kearns_Dad | 3:32 p.m. May 11, 2010

    P.S. I think the GOP delegates didn't help Utah by getting rid of Bennett but time will tell. The new likely GOP Senator will be powerless for a few years under an Obama administration and a democratic-controlled Congress. It appears no thought was given to the power of seniority IF Congress remains Democratically controlled after 2010 elections. It is a likely scenario.


    No thought was given by the delegates, period. Just angry, stupid, mob mentality.

  • davidjay
    May 12, 2010 7:44 a.m.

    He is building himself a little nest in Washington and expects to be there for a career it appears. How is that any different than Mr. Hatch or Mr. Bennett. He is younger, but is already talking about his plans to be in Washington 8 years from now.

    Just another example of what happens when you send someone to Washington. They believe they should be there forever.

  • texlds
    May 12, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    All who can join us is a vote of appreciation for Brother Hatch's service, please signify in the usual manner.

    Its time for Hatch to take that mission his wife has been wanting to serve.

  • Esquire
    May 12, 2010 7:31 a.m.

    A right wing conservative demagogue replaced by a right wing extremist show boater. I guess thing really can be worse. Utah can become more and more isolated.

  • Gordon
    May 12, 2010 6:36 a.m.

    Chaffetz is a clown...more into posturing for his beloved reich wing in Utah County than accomplishing anything substantive. He is more interested in getting press or grand standing on issues that prove his political purity. If there had been no compromise the Constitution of these United States would have never been written. The reich wing's version of history is a fantasy that seeks to put the ideologically pure in a position to "force" no compromise.

  • fanUVU
    May 12, 2010 6:36 a.m.

    Many good fiends in DC who follow the inner workings there have told me that Chaffetz is a complete disaster for Utah and an embarrasment. As our Senator....heaven help us.

  • facts_r_stubborn
    May 12, 2010 6:31 a.m.

    Congressman Chaffetz is a great example of how little lot's of passion does to actually achieve real results. He criticizes former employers, (former Governor Huntsman), talks a lot about conservative principles, (passionately), fights verbally with TSA agents, rails against incumbents, (of which he is now one), etc. but I'm not sure what he has actually accomplished in terms of reducing the size of government. If the same standard is used here as was for Bennett by the delegates this year, they should have booted Chaffetz too.

  • Observer
    May 12, 2010 5:10 a.m.

    So, we would have a young and clueless embarrassment versus an old and cynical embarrassment. I am a conservative, and we can do MUCH better than this.

  • RockOn
    May 11, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    I very much like Orrin Hatch. A great fellow. But... it's time to pass the baton. I know Orrin well and respect his great service. But... he's had his turn. Orrin has done so much for this country and stands for many great things. But... it's time to retire from the Senate and serve elsewhere.

    I've always voted for Senator Hatch and had a hand in his first campaign... but, it's time for a change.

    Not convinced Jason's the candidate, but, we'll see. We don't need someone to get along but to face down the Senate and give them "heck". It's a mess and our Senator can't take prisoners. No compromise on values. No getting along to get along.

  • utah guy
    May 11, 2010 10:44 p.m.


    "...I don't want my Senator compromising with them at all..."

    Just like your beloved founding fathers didn't compromise with each other? How mature.

  • B
    May 11, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    I just don't know why Hatch would run for another term or why anyone would support him again. I know all the arguments about seniority and committee chairmanships and reaching across the aisle. I don't vote for someone so they will reach across the aisle. The democratic party is so poisoned by the left wing that I don't want my Senator compromising with them at all. It's time for change and new blood. I really hope he will just retire.

  • DN Subscriber
    May 11, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    Hatch has served long enough. Thank you very much, but time for someone new who will actually fight for smaller government and lower taxes.

    Chaffetz will do that, and would be a great Senator.

    So would Attorney General Mark Shurtleff or Congressman Rob Bishop.

  • Instereo
    May 11, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    I don't think Hatch or Chaffetz represents Utah. Utah needs Chris Butters to truly show what our state is made of. That's who the GOP should select as the 2012 canidate for Senate that way we can be sure the embarassment we feel here in the state is felt nationwide. Isn't that what the Tea Party is all about.

  • thereandthere
    May 11, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    There are already term limitations. They are called elections. Every two years for the House and every six years for the Senate. If you don't like someone serving, then vote for somebody else. As a Senator Bennett supporter, I was disappointed in his loss but respect the legal system in Utah. Term limitations worked. The United States Constitution clearly spells this out and the Federalist Papers explain how it works. A former President of the United States, John Quincy Adams, served the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for seventeen consecutive years in the House. If they are doing as good a job as he did, then keep re-electing your Representative or Senator. If not, then quit complaining and do something. When you do 'win', please show respect to those who have the guts enough to serve. The childish taunting, yelling, disrespect, and classless treatment of good people when they do lose taints the system and worries many of us about the ability of the next Senator to work for the betterment of the United States.

  • sick-of -it
    May 11, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    Maybe Carl WImmer can run against Hatch. He seems to have all the right answers.......

  • Justmythoughts
    May 11, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    It seems a little bit early for Chaffetz to be posturing for the Senate. Two years is a long time and many things can happen. I think he should focus on being a great Congressman and worry about his next step later. If he does his Congressman job well then a Senate office is not out of the question but it seems a bit presumtious now.

  • Richie
    May 11, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    I like Hatch and I like Chaffetz. However, the founding fathers never envisioned professional politicians or a huge national government in Washington. We need term limitation and massive shrinkage of beauacrats. Departments of Education, the EPA and Interior for instance should be cut to about 10 percent of their present size.

  • BH
    May 11, 2010 4:22 p.m.

    Say No to BO says "Chaffetz is willing to take a stand, even if he stands alone." I would add to that "as long as the stand is in the limelight."

    I would welcome Chaffetz to run for a U.S. senate seat. Then, perhaps with all Utah voters having a say on Chaffetz, we can send him packing his bags back to Happy Valley.

  • patriot
    May 11, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    I would vote for Chaffetz over Hatch. I like Orin but he is a career politician having served for 30+ years and it is long past time for him to retire. When a senator - any senator - is in that long he becomes one of the good ole boys being friends with both dems and republicans and really just wants to "get a long" and not stir the water too much. Chaffetz is a true conservative and a fighter and Hatch has become way to moderate over the years. The senate has become sort of a good ole boys club and both dems and republicans are hard to tell apart on most issues. This needs to change!!

  • utah guy
    May 11, 2010 4:08 p.m.

    @Say No....

    He, of course, will have to do another term (if he's re-elected). Mr. Hatch isn't up for re-election until 2012.

    After two terms - doesn't that make him an "insider?" I thougtht we were all supposed to be against "insiders."

  • Say No to BO
    May 11, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    Chaffetz is willing to take a stand, even if he stands alone. I like that.
    He could do another term where he's at before advancing, in my opinion.

  • Kearns_Dad
    May 11, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    For me, if its Hatch vs Chaffetz, I'll go with Hatch one more term. I've not seen Chaffetz do anything yet (now in his 2nd year) but I've seen Hatch doing something every year.

    P.S. I think the GOP delegates didn't help Utah by getting rid of Bennett but time will tell. The new likely GOP Senator will be powerless for a few years under an Obama administration and a democratic-controlled Congress. It appears no thought was given to the power of seniority IF Congress remains Democratically controlled after 2010 elections. It is a likely scenario.

  • lost in DC
    May 11, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    I didn't know you were a registered republican! If not, you can't support Hatch in the nominating process against Chaffetz.

    What do you call a senator who has served since 1977? You call him home.

    despite what the leftist media tells you, the AZ law forbids racial profiling.

  • Furry1993
    May 11, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    I don't want Hatch. BUT if Chaffetz is opposing him, I'm going to be one of Hatch's biggest supporters. Why? Chaffetz is a disaster, and I don't want to inflict him on Utah any more than Utah is afflicted by him now. YUCK!

  • Pagan
    May 11, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    I can picture Chaffetz on election day....


    I guess Chaffetz felt a bit 'harrased' by TSA agents ('"I feel like I was a bit harassed," - Rep. Chaffetz Gets Into Verbal Scuffle With TSA - 01/06/10 - Fox 13 - Nicole Hunter) but is ok with AZ laws asking you for documentation of your legal status...based on appearence.

    Notice I didn't say WHO gets elected.

  • Charlie
    May 11, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    First, no one should be deceived about Chaffetz doing a better job. He won't. Anything you do not like about Hatch, you will not like about Chaffetz. The only difference is that Chaffetz is an opportunist with a BIG EGO AND BIG AMBITION.

    We have real problems in Utah, and throwing out a Senator who votes the right way (no TARP and no BAILOUTS) just to appease the egos of the leaders of the Tea Party and 9/12 groups -- all of whom get their "creds" from knocking off incumbents -- is just plain silly.

    There may have been BIG votes that we did not like about Bennett, but Hatch is not the guilty party here. Obama and the liberals in the Congress are the real enemies of the Constitution -- not Hatch.

    Let's send a seasoned veteran, with clout, with credibility, and with stature to that fight. Not Mr. EGO who will inflate himself with cute sound bites and then go home and think about his next gig on Fox News. Chaffetz tries to sound humble saying he was never a real football player -- just a kicker. Well, Jason, this is the big leagues. Stay on the bench.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
    May 11, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    I hope he runs and wins and does nothing for our state just like he does now. Oh wait, he is often talking to TMZ so he does do something besides flapping his gums....wait, same thing.

  • County Resident
    May 11, 2010 2:39 p.m.

    Chaffetz (CHA fetz) - adjective - 1. One whose bark is MUCH worse than his bite. 2. Talk without walk 3. all talk, without substance. 4. idleness, without action but much verbage.

    Usage: Don't be a Chaffetz

  • arc
    May 11, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    Chaffetz is doing a great job in the US House. If he decides to switch and run for the 2012 US Senate race, and if he wins, I believe he would do a great job there. We should spread those doing great jobs around and replace those not.

    Hatch has been doing OK. I do believe he has been there long enough that he could be replaced with someone better.

  • Mike Richards
    May 11, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    Mr. Chaffetz, "Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen . . . "

    If the citizens want you to run for the office of Senator, they will ASK you to run. You need not volunteer.

  • mnelsonj
    May 11, 2010 2:20 p.m.

    Chafetz and the tea party is what is destroying the Utah Republican party. Voting against Matheson in the primary is dirty politics. Remember "Are you honest in all of your doings?" How can one honestly vote against him in the primary if he or she has no intention of voting for the same candidate in the election. We are either an honest people with integrity or we are not. Who do you choose to be?

  • Jerry
    May 11, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    Sen Hatch is vulnerable in 2010 and has many short comings. I like Jason Chafetz and he has taken the point on a few issues but he is going to have to fight a lot harder and put forth some serious Constitutional challenges (legislation to reduce the size of government) if he expects support after a second term.

    Remember who's side Hatch was on with the Ruby Ridge and Waco debacles. How many times did Sen Hatch dance with Sen "Liberal" Ted Kennedy. He brought us to this dance but I'm not going home with him.

  • randy13
    May 11, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    the idea here isnt so much who takes hatch's place.. it is that the convention delegates dont cast a ballot for hatch .. just like bennett , over 2,300 state delegates didnt cast a ballot for bennett .. that was awesome ..

    hatch is only interested in himself .. has nothing to do with utah .. (hasnt dawned on him that that many citizens of utah actually didnt cast a ballot for bennett)

    i truly hope that utah doesnt allow hatch a 7th term .. the old guy needs to retire to his lobby groups and support them ..

    hatch is only interested in his records that he can set by being brought back to DC for his 7th term .. utah needs to stop what they started 36 yrs ago, cause hatch wont resign .. keep in mind that hatch has over 2 million dollars from pac and lobby money to spend .. has to be spent somewhere (let him burn it on lunches and presents to state delegates in March and April 2012) ..

    then after all the spending, drop hatch in the May 2012 convention ???

    dont cast a ballot for hatch May 2012 convention

  • Reasonable Person
    May 11, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    Chaffetz says ""This anti-incumbent sentiment is a tsunami that isn't going away…"

    How true. But Chaffetz, aren't you also an incumbent?

  • optimus321
    May 11, 2010 1:47 p.m.

    Run for president not just the senate! Well, hopefully one day. Love Chaffetz!

  • Mtn Home
    May 11, 2010 1:43 p.m.

    Let the Republicants eat each other alive. Their hatred of all things that didn't originate in their own heads will doom them all. I predict scandal exposed before the general election. Burn in hell, Party of No!

  • Pagan
    May 11, 2010 1:41 p.m.

    'Even before the political corpse of ousted Sen. Bob Bennett has cooled, Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he may run against...' - Article

    I guess after working to deny marriage to DC residents, it's about time Chaffetz did something about Utah....

  • proudamerican
    May 11, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    Chaffetz was an improvement over Cannon. That said, surely we can produce better representatives than Chaffetz? And many thanks to Senator Hatch for his years of service, but the office of Senator was never intended to be a lifetime appointment. He should start spending much more time with his grandchildren in 2012.

  • Batman
    May 11, 2010 1:33 p.m.

    Chaffetz has been measured and found lacking. These are not the type of replicans we need in office to get things done and reach across the party to compromise. Just look at all the idiott air port screening comments Chaffetz has made the past year. He seems to be over-dramatic and under-performing. Hatch has served well and now needs to pass the torch to someone who is not a career politician and represent the people. Lets get ride of all the career politicians, like we have Bennett. They are worthless.

  • Dixie Dan
    May 11, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    A perfect match for Utah.