Utah GOP Chairman Dave Hansen to step down to help Hatch campaign

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  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    No offense to Mr. Hansen, but how hard can it be to lead the Utah GOP and get GOP candidates elected?

  • MGB Saint George, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 10:53 a.m.

    I agree with RShackleford. As a state delegate for the past 8 years I have heard more from Hatch since Bennett got dumped then the entire previous years combined. It is time for true constitutionalist who will stay true to their oath of office and trully defend the constitution in its original intent rather than compromising their values in order to get along with the socialists. If I get reelected as a state delegate I will be voting against Hatch.

  • Cats Provo, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 10:52 a.m.

    Senator Hatch is a great man and a great senator. He has done an excellent job for Utah and is highly respected and admired in Washington. His seniority makes him a great asset for Utah. If he runs again, I will vote for him.

    HOWEVER, I don't understand why someone at the age of 80 (he will be in 2012) doesn't decide it's time to retire. You know, there are a lot of great candidates here in Utah. Maybe the time has come to pass the baton. Senator Bennett found this out the hard way.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    'Hatch represents Hatch, not the people of Utah.' - RShackleford | 8:51 a.m. Dec. 3, 2010


  • RShackleford Saint George, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 8:51 a.m.

    The Leadership of the GOP just doesn't get it! They were the only ones sporting "Vote Bennett" Buttons at the Utah state convention.

    I'm glad I had the chance to vote Bennett out this past year and if re-elected to be a State Delegate, I will be voting Hatch out in 2012 also. The old guard of the Republican Party known as "Democrats Light" needs to go.

    Since Bennett was ousted, Hatch has suddenly become "more in tune" with the voters of Utah. Like proposing tougher illegal immigration legislation and now opposing the "Dream Act" when in years past he was a sponsor of this same Amnesty bill. Where and what has he been doing these past decades??? He is a weak conservative at best...mostly during an election year.

    Hatch represents Hatch, not the people of Utah.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 7:53 a.m.

    So let me get this straight based on other comments- he is a great guy but makes really bad mistakes in terms of what he does with his times and has bad friends that you wish would go away- any inconsitancy in all of this or is this just typical in terms of how you view things in life? I usually avoid people that I feel make bad choices and hang out in the wrong crowd and certainly try and teach my children to do that

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 7:53 a.m.

    Good. That's a start.
    They entire Utah GOP should step down.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    Hansen has done a good job for the party until now.

    However, he is hurting the future of the Republican party if he is going to work to get Hatch yet another term. He obviously feels that the "elite" career politicians are the only way to go, and therefore fails to hear the disgust and outrage from average American and Utah voters over the way the clowns in Washington have messed up the country. Hatch is part of the problem, no longer part of the solution. I regret that Hansen will be wasting his talent on Hatch when he could do so much more for our country working against Hatch.

  • Ronald Fox North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    Dave Hansen, has been a great Chairman of the Republican Party. Besides being an easy going guy, he is a very effective individual. He has worn more hats in the political arena than anyone I know. He has been the Executive Director of the party at least 3 times, Director of Elections Office in the Lt. Governor's office, A Regional Representative of the U. S. Republican Senate Committee, and member of the Republican National Committee. He has forgotten more than most people know about politics. He has always treated me well, and everyone else I know. Dave has been and will be a valuable asset to Senator Orrin Hatch, Thanks Dave, and good luck.

  • MikeRidgway Tooele, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 8:16 p.m.

    Dave's been the best chair the Republican Party has had in many a year. All the best to you Dave (though I won't be rooting for your candidate) -- but you knew that.