Utah tea party crowd applauds Rep. Jason Chaffetz

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    Senator Hatch is not a "strong conservative."

    Another "junior senator" who will actually stand up and fight and try to change things is much more beneficial than someone who has spent 36 years getting us into this mess, gone along with the likes of Ted Kennedy to get along on "compromise" and only recently started to actually talk like a conservative.

    No, I will trade a wishy washy weak "senior" senator for a firebreathing zealot who understands the urgent necessity to change the way business is done in Washington.

    Hatch should resign gracefully and step out of the way. If he does not, then Jimmy Matheson may beat him anyway.

  • ReaganFan Midvale, Utah
    Aug. 9, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    What would Utah gain from not having Senator Hatch in office? Do we want to pass up the opportunity for having a strong conservative like Senator Hatch to be chair of the finance committee where medicare, medicaid, and social security will be made solvent? Do we want to pass up the opportunity for having a strong conservative like Senator Hatch to be chair of the finance committee where tax reform will be conducted? What does Utah gain from having another junior senator? Whatever our normative criticisms of Washington DC may be, we should look at our vote in terms of how it will materially affect real world circumstances. Votes shouldn't be used as a mere critique on the overall system that the Founding Fathers set in place 200 years ago. Our votes should be based on the political realities that exist; not our emotional frustrations with government.

  • 6bears Ferron, Ut
    Aug. 9, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    I can see how fifty people is kind of funny, but for the middle of the workday in Emery County this was actually a very good turnout to a political meeting. Our own rep hasn't bothered holding any town halls here, so it was nice to get time with someone in the Utah delegation.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    I'm glad I didn't drive down for the town hall meeting. I don't think I could have pushed and shoved my way past the FIFTY people at the meeting/rally. I would have had to watch it in another room on closed circuit tv.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    With Chaffetz he has proven his value and 'moxey' to stand up to organized government corruption and still has my vote. I guess when citizens get together to support a candidate it is automatically a tea party event. In the past candidate support came from behind closed doors and high dollar donation dinners and that was deemed citizen support. Well citizens support is now out in the open and everyone is invited, even the opposition and dinners not included.

    I would have a lot of respect for Orrin Hatch if he would graciously step down and let the new kid on the block carry his banner. As was intended by constitution representation should never become a career. When representation becomes a career it muddles the minds of leaders.

    To call this a tea party event seems a little slanderous by the DN who is an opponent of citizens rights and an open government. The news media is no longer the voice of the people or the truth, they represent organized and well paid opposition to our Constitution and individual rights.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 6:42 a.m.

    "but he's a politician." And Chaffetz isn't?