Chaffetz considers challenging Bennett

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  • Don
    July 11, 2009 9:39 a.m.

    To See Ya:First your not packing the moving van! Your plagerizing Sean Penn's line! He didn't leave and neither will you! Second, talking about puppets: Was it not the entire Democrat Senate and House that voted on Cap and Tax without reading it and the Stimulas without reading about a bunch of party puppets! Third, Jason is a conservative right now in the minority party. Minority members of both parties when not in power do not get much passed as that is how the system works! But at least he is getting the voice of his constituents heard! Fourth, you insult this man by saying he does not have the intellectual firepower, which of course is your educated guess right? Jason is educated and speaks his mind and presents himself well when answering questions posed by the National Media? Another liberal tact is: insult by name calling, not by stating facts! Fifth, I am not a right wing religious zealot from Utah sticking up for this man! I am an American who worked for Democrat Senator Paul Simon and Republican Earnest Istook because they were principled men! Your words were cheap shots!

  • JC
    July 11, 2009 4:56 a.m.

    From one Republican to another republican is like taking out the trash and a whole lot of rubbish takes its place

  • To "That's too bad"
    July 10, 2009 12:48 p.m.

    There is no reason that Chaffetz should leave his religion at the door. We are "one nation, under God." Our founding documents recognize our Creator as the source of our "unalienable Rights," and, as John Adams correctly stated, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

    It is high time that religious values started influencing public policy again, instead of the humanistic/atheistic state religion that has been forced upon us for so long.

  • That's too bad.
    July 10, 2009 7:32 a.m.

    Chaffetz is yet another politico who can't keep his religion out of his office.

  • bring it
    July 9, 2009 1:01 p.m.

    As a Democrat, I hope that Chaffetz challenges Bennett so that all of Utah can see how whacky the Republicans have become. Jason Chaffetz is a caricature of conservatism, mean, narrow minded, hypocritical and more interested in headlines than in government.

    Please Jason, bring it, challenge Bennett: You'll be in the paper all the time and it's a win-win for the Democrats!

  • Anonymous
    July 9, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    Chaffetz is a joke and belongs behind a phone at a call-center, not sleeping on a cot in Washington and wasting tax-payer money trying to get signatures on a silly bill limiting the use of whole-body imaging technology (for crying out loud, give the poor guys at the airport a break. They can't view porn on the job without this technology)

  • To Constitutional Age Req
    July 9, 2009 12:04 a.m.

    Congressman Chaffetz is 42.

  • See ya
    July 8, 2009 8:07 a.m.

    If Chaffetz wins a Senate election it will confirm what I already know about the state of Utah. Utah is filled with a majority of right wing religious zealots. Chaffetz is an embarrassment. He hasn't done anything in Washington and won't in the future because he lacks the intellectual firepower. He's a puppet of the party and has no mind of his own-but then again I guess your are supposed to be like your constituents. I'm already packing the moving van so best of luck to ya'll.

  • Just the Facts
    July 7, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    Chaffetz has been sleeping on a cot too long already. The 3rd District should spare the state any more embarrassment and return this star-struck freshman home in 2010.

  • Dear Utah Democrats,
    July 7, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress are absolutely DESTROYING the American economy. Polls show that Americans are leaning toward accepting this reality as fact. You guys are kidding yourselves if you think any Democrat has a shot at winning Utah's Senate seat in next year's election. By the time the election roles around, the Democrats are going to get blamed left or right for this economic mess, whether you feel that's fair or not.

    Keep dreaming, Democrats.

  • Any Body over Bennett
    July 7, 2009 3:35 p.m.

    I am a Delegate and will not be voting for Bennett. He need to return to acting on the Simpsons. He does make a great Mr. Burns.

  • @ John H..
    July 7, 2009 1:51 p.m.

    Actually, Bennett can't get 40%, so he isn't going to win. None of the other candidates are going to endorse Bennett, so he can't win. The best he can do is a primary, but without getting 40%, he isn't going to make it out of Convention.

    That leaves Eagar, Williams, and Shurtleff in the race. There is only one candidate that they all will be willing to endorse, Cherilyn Eagar.

    If Bridgewater decides to file it might make it more interesting, but I don't think he can win either.

    I think the delegates will elect Eagar.
    Eagar v Granato.

  • John Huntinghouse
    July 7, 2009 11:19 a.m.

    The only problem with adding a big name like Chaffetz to the already growing crowd of contenders next year is that between Chaffetz, Shurtleff, and Eagar you are going to be splitting all the votes of people who want to get Bennett out of office and you'll end with yet another term for Bennett. I'm just saying...

  • SLC gal
    July 7, 2009 11:07 a.m.

    Jason should move from his cot - to 1600 Penn. Ave. I would vote this guy for president. He is truly a representative of the people and for the people!!!

  • Re: See How Crowds React?
    July 7, 2009 10:18 a.m.

    You're lying. Chaffetz is not acting based on crowd response. He is acting based on what he knows is right. He mentions the response of the crowd to show people like you that contrary to your knowingly false claims, plenty of Utahs likewise care about what is right and approve of what Chaffetz is doing.

  • Bender Rodriguez
    July 7, 2009 9:24 a.m.

    Stay in the HOR, It might be too much work move his cot to a different office.

  • To: Constitutional Age
    July 7, 2009 9:20 a.m.

    Yeah, and the Constitution says the president has to be a natural born citizen of the U.S. But that hasn't stopped Nobama. If we can blink at that blatant circumvention of the constitution, I doubt an age limit will matter much.

  • JMT
    July 7, 2009 8:59 a.m.

    Before anyone gets all too excited about Chaffetz as some political powerhouse consider that he won a primary with 7% turnout. 93% of the voters could care less. Not a good sign on their part but 7% does not make a dynamo. And if you were to magically turnback the clock and gas prices were at todays levels, not $4+ a gallon like they were back then, that 7% would have voted Cannon back in.

    I would love for cute little primadonna Chaffetz to run against Bennett. He would get his clock cleaned in a heart beat.

    As for his position on illegal immigrations, which one? Tents for illegals during convention, Pathway to deportation during primary or guest worker visas during the general election. Illegal immigration is a tough issue evidenced by the fact that Chaffetz has taken three different positions on the issue.

    What a joke!

  • Mike
    July 7, 2009 8:57 a.m.

    Stay put Jason. We elected you to the House. Stay there and have some fun shaking things up. You don't have the temperment for the Senate.

  • go RIGHT ahead chaffetz
    July 7, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    would love to see him run RIGHT ... right into defeat. and in the process knock of two quackers w a single stone. DEMs couldn't have a better foil/fool against which to contrast our party (openness, moderation) w theirs (intolerance, extremism).

    up out of the cot, turn of twitter (you twit) and hop on that saddle boy heinous!

  • From Facebook today
    July 7, 2009 8:02 a.m.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz: "I mean it when I say, "I have no intention of running for the U.S. Senate." I am 100% focused on being the best Representative possible. I enjoy it in the House and I think I am making a difference."

  • Chaffetz Bills..
    July 7, 2009 7:47 a.m.

    Let's see. Rep. Chaffetz passed an amendment to draw the line for TSA re: The 4th amendment and whole body screening. That passed with 300 votes.

    I am showing 9 Bills Rep. Chaffetz has submitted as a sponsor.
    Initially whole-body imaging restrictions was a bill.

    Chaffetz sponsored bills (not including co-sponsored): H.R.2027, H.R.2193, H.R.2265, H.R.2353, H.R.2914, H.R.2915, H.R.2916, H.AMDT.172 to H.R.2200.

    That doesn't include converting H.R.2353 to a proposed amendment to require utilities to show what the cap/trade costs are.

    He recently co-sponsored a bill to clarify citizenship status for those born in the US to parents of those illegally here, to more closely follow the constitution when it says:

    "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

  • @ Stewart -10:07 p.m
    July 7, 2009 7:39 a.m.

    Actually Cherilyn Eagar can afford a primary as well as the others. She started to receive donations as soon as the word went out that she was running and had filed with the FEC. She might not have as much available as some, but that is will change.

    Money and/or name recognition alone will not win this race, Jason Chaffetz proved that last year when he won the US House race.

    Bennett still owes his 1992 campaign $1 million.
    Bridgewater still owes his from his last house race.

  • Cougar Blue
    July 7, 2009 7:18 a.m.

    I agree that Bennett and especially Hatch should bid us all adieu and help us get new blood. But Chaffetz? Oh my heavens NO!

  • Anonymous
    July 7, 2009 7:03 a.m.

    Yeah, he can listen to a small minority and run, but he would be crushed. This would be a good thing, because this clown would no longer embarrass Utah in Washington. I suspect that in the ballot box, people who are afraid to say they are moderate for fear of being attacked by conservatives will votre with their brains and not through the intimidation that comes from the right-wingers.

  • Move On
    July 7, 2009 6:50 a.m.

    To the recently retired Elect Cannon staffers: I know it's hard to join the unemployment line, but try to slow down on hitting refresh on the Politics favorites link, take a deep breath and release some of your anger. Chaffetz has done nothing but shown himself to be an ideal conservative. That's an attractive quality in a Republican. He isn't going away and that probably scares the paid staff of a lot of other Politicians too. Don't let it, just take notes. Might help to vote the way most of us conservatives would instead of the twisted way they think in DC. See we get to vote too, and a lot of us are paying more attention these days as socialism starts to take front and center stage.

  • See How Crowds React?
    July 7, 2009 5:33 a.m.

    Did I actually read what I thought I read in the article - CHaffetz quote about "how the crowds react?" So is Chaffetz a fan of Following The Crowd? The "string 'em up" reactionary impulse? That's no leader. That's not a leadership quality. To be a real leader, you have to sometimes buck the populist sentiment and do what is really right, and not what will bring momentary accolades from the crowd. Everyone knows that the GOP delegate pool has a strong reactionary element. If officials start kow-towing to those extremes, then they'll lose main-stream Utah. Chaffetz has a lot to learn.

  • Ego Unleashed
    July 7, 2009 5:29 a.m.

    It was only a matter of time. The quest for spotlight and power is overwhelming to some people like Chaffetz. But one would think that Chaffetz would at least have waited to have a year or two under his belt and actually have accomplished SOMETHING besides non-stop junkets and cotside chats and endless "twittering." Bennett is outstanding Senator. We're blessed to have him in Washington and can reach across the aisle to work issues for our State that otherwise would not happen.

  • Liberty
    July 7, 2009 4:50 a.m.

    Chaffetz could draw me back to vote for a Republican. I'm done voting for RINO's so anybody else and I'll likely stay with third party.

  • we can expect to see more...
    July 7, 2009 12:06 a.m.

    Because of the boundless greed that seems to be such a significant part of Utah's social fabric, those of us who care about truth and the Rule of Law can expect to see more Chaffetz-slandering and Chaffetz-bashing by the greedy pigs in Utah who want the illegal aliens here for their cheap labor. We are seeing it already right here in many of these comments. For this reason we cannot just sit on our hands; we need to stand beside Chaffetz - a rare politian who cares about what is right and who is not tainted by corruption.

  • Senator Bob Bennett
    July 6, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    In March of this year Senator Bob Bennett was rated one of the ten most liberal Republicans in the Senate by Human Events based on the American Conservative Union Ratings for 2008. Why Bennett would pay money to convince voters he is Conservative is beyond me.

  • Rob Alexander
    July 6, 2009 11:28 p.m.

    Matheson isn't running for Bennett's Senate seat. Sam Granato is the likely Democratic nominee in this race.

    I would support Chaffetz over the current candidates in this race. I have appreciated his stances in favor of constitutionally limited government and his proactive work with things like the Sunset Caucus, road funding for Utah without using earmarks, preventing privacy-invading TSA full body scans, and the postal workers solution to census staffing.

  • I like Chaffetz
    July 6, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    but don't like Bennett. We need someone new to replace Bennett, the career seat warmer (in an inherited seat, no less!).

    I would [refer that Jason stay int he House and shake things up there for a while, and that we take out Bennett with Shurtleff or someone. If Bennett gets the nomination, I will not vote for him.

  • Go Matheson
    July 6, 2009 10:51 p.m.

    I consider myself a Republican, but I don't associate with the far-right crowd that dominates the convention circus.

    If Chaffetz runs and steals the nomination from Bennett, I would vote for Matheson in a heartbeat. Bennett seems to be one of the few sane Republicans left in this state.

  • Northern Utah would support Jaso
    July 6, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    There are many in Cache Valley who would support Jason Chaffetz. He is willing to ask questions of the old fogies like "why." You should see the dumb look on Washingtons face when he dares to challenge the status quo. We need more like him in Washington. He represents my generation.

    And he never said he is saving the tax payers money by sleeping on the cot. He said is saving his family money. Watch the vide on CNN.

  • Stewart
    July 6, 2009 10:07 p.m.

    Rep Chaffetz would probably win at the GOP Convention. I assume that those of you that think he couldn't beat Sen Bennett must not have been at the Convention this year.

    Bennett is in trouble as I see it for three main reasons:
    1. Stood with Sen Kennedy as they tried to convince the Senate to vote for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, better known as "Amnesty" in 2006 and 2007.
    2. Voted for the TARP Bailout, telling us that the entire economy was within days of collapse.
    3. He has been on the Senate Banking Committee during the entire 18 years in the Senate. All of the bad stuff that now afflicts our economy such as the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae debacle all went through his committee and he happily supported it all.

    I think that without Rep Chaffetz in the race Mark Shurtleff would probably win even though he and Bennett are birds of a feather. My personal choice today would be, Cherilyn Eagar. She would have to win at convention which isn't likely, because she couldn't afford a primary, and no one knows who she is. Tim Bridgewater, no chance.

  • Rick
    July 6, 2009 9:39 p.m.

    Chaffetz would do well against Bennett.

  • Its too bad
    July 6, 2009 9:29 p.m.

    that jason or someone like him could not hold all 3 seats at once.

  • Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    It's time for Bennett to retire. (I'm one of many who will vote for just about whoever opposes him.)

  • Chaffetz could win...
    July 6, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    but so could just about anyone over Bob Bennett. He is toast.

    Chaffetz is so well liked.

    I believe Cherilyn Eagar, will get the most delegate votes then Mark Shurtleff then Bob Bennett with less than 40%. Bridgewater and Williams might fix it so Bennett gets less than Williams.

    The question is will Cherilyn Eagar win at Convention or will she face Mark Shurtleff in a primary.

  • Please run!
    July 6, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    Chaffetz will lose to Bennett so I hope he resigns his house seat and runs against Bennett. Shurtleff and/or Chaffetz will go down!

  • JJL9
    July 6, 2009 8:45 p.m.

    Re: Life time politicians.

    The first part of your last sentence is misguided. The second part is spot-on. We can't continually pass new rules, regulations, etc... to make things better. If re-electing people over and over is the wrong thing to do, then let's do our part to educate our neighbors on why this is the case and find good replacements for them, even the good ones.

  • arc
    July 6, 2009 8:45 p.m.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz said the quotes are OK, the Headline isn't. (If I remember correctly, the writer doesn't always get to write the headline).

    Jason has no attention of getting in the race, but like most people, he isn't closing any doors.

  • Life time politicians
    July 6, 2009 7:16 p.m.

    Chaffetz is on his way to becoming another life-time politician. You have to work harder at re-election if you are in the house of reps, but a senator only has to run for re-election every six years. We need to have term limits in the legislative branch or people need to wise up and vote out incumbents more frequently no matter how good or bad they appear to be doing.

  • oh yeah!
    July 6, 2009 7:13 p.m.

    I'd LOVE to see Chaffetz run against Bennett. Love it. Chaffetz has done a spectacular job of ratting chains of the good old boys network in DC. Young, innovative, willing to think outside the box and actually stand for solid conservative principles - follow the rule of law, limited government, fiscal discipline, accountability. I'm a precinct chair who would get to vote for him at convention and I'd volunteer to campaign for him as well.....

  • Digbads
    July 6, 2009 7:02 p.m.

    I could see him winning by acclamation at the Republican convention. Ask Cannon how it felt to get "run out of town" by the convention.

    I'm 100% for Chaffetz and will all I can to get him elected to the Senate. Count on very very many of us working to get delegates to the convention.

  • Oh Brother...
    July 6, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    GAG! I can't stand the thought of voting for someone who sticks his finger in the wind and waits for it to blow him in a direction.

    Here's a message for Mr. Chaffetz - SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP AND DO SOMETHING! He's too busy pandering to his small group of people who think he's a rock star.

    Oh, and here's a note to everyone out there... He DOES NOT save you money by sleeping in his office on the cot. He saves money for himself. Mr Chaffetz still gets the same salary whether he sleeps in his office, on the streets, in a hotel, or in an apartment. I'm TIRED of him claiming he saves us tons of money by lounging in his office.

  • Can't spell it without Chaffe
    July 6, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    Bennett will roll this one issue newcomer.

  • One Way
    July 6, 2009 5:50 p.m.

    That is one way to get rid of Chaffetz. Good riddance, I say.

  • Alugh out loud
    July 6, 2009 5:22 p.m.

    Let him run--as long as he resigns his seat in the House.

    Where is Chris Cannon when you need him?

  • Helen Waite
    July 6, 2009 5:05 p.m.

    Hatch and Bennett are Lifetime politicians, its time they both got voted off The Island.. Let the Tribe Speak!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason is a selfish jerk
    July 6, 2009 5:01 p.m.

    "Among media attention he attracted includes an ongoing CNN series following him and another freshmen House member, plus appearances on the Colbert Report comedy show, the Glenn Beck show, and Fox News. He gained much attention for choosing to live in his office and sleep on his cot, and to offer "cot-side" chats on issues via the Internet."

    Who the hell does this guy think he is? Saving money for his family at the expense of the taxpayer. If he thinks we are okay with paying extra in utilities and providing additional security, etc to him while he's sleeping in a building paid for and operated at taxpayer expense then he is sadly deluding himself.

    Take the salary we paid you and rent an apartment like other normal people. If you want to save us money the don't accept your salary and pay for your own housing while in D.C. but stop living off of the taxpayer dime while accepting a salary from us. Other legislators get the same salary and they don't sleep in their offices because they aren't selfish enough to make taxpayers incur extra operating costs. Selfish jerk!

  • Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 4:57 p.m.

    The jury is out re Mr. Chaffetz, he has been a world traveler and made a few comments but we need to wait and see what the near future brings. As for Mr. Hatch and Mr. Bennett I agree with the many it is time for a change. Mr. Bennett should retire now.
    He has reaped all the benefits from his postion he can, retirement for him self and family. For a one term promise he has extended his time beyond his ability. His promise of one term only is a true politician speaking, very few keep their promise.

  • re: LDS love to immigrants
    July 6, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    I am ashamed of anyone that belongs to my faith who does not uphold the law of the land. The issue isn't immigrants. The issue is ILLEGAL immigrants. Chaffetz is a breath of fresh air.

  • Actually Compassionate
    July 6, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    "Compassionate" doesn't equal "illegal". Bothered to read Chaffetzs position on immigration? Pretty reasonable. Come here legally, fix legal immigration, and stop running illegals under the radar, not paying their fair share, etc. Seen California's budget crisis? Your so-called compassionate position doesn't work.

    I'd take Chaffetz and no bailouts over Bennett / Hatch everyday.

  • Redpublican delegate
    July 6, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    It looks like Chavfetz' arrogance will make him a two year political boy wonder without a job. Oh well, there's always the Alpine City Council.

  • Out Chaffetz
    July 6, 2009 4:31 p.m.

    Get over yourself Chaffetz

  • In love with himself
    July 6, 2009 4:28 p.m.

    Go for it Jason. Then when you lose to Matheson, we can all say "goodbye" and "good riddance."

  • To :
    July 6, 2009 4:24 p.m.

    L.D.S. love for illegal aliens. I'd vote for Mussolini if he would enforce the laws on illegal aliens.

  • Interesting
    July 6, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    I would be willing to entertain the idea of voting for Chaffetz simply on the basis of his anti-illegal immigration stance. I will, however, have to see how he does between now and then with regard to other important issues.

    I worry about the intelligence of those who slander their fellow Utahns as "immigrant haters" without making the very obvious distinction between immigrants and illegal aliens. That is a form of hatred/bigotry in and of itself. I personally have always and will always give immigrants a warm welcome; it is an honor to know those who enrich my life.

    I do absolutely hate anything illegal, including illegal immigration. And just in case someone wants to bring up the silly speeding/illegal immigration argument, no, I do not speed - even when no one is looking. I also have American Indian ancestry so that equally ridiculous argument won't work either.

  • Wrex
    July 6, 2009 3:12 p.m.

    Oh, bummer....I was hoping Chaffetz would run to become one of the judges on American Idol....

  • LDS love to immigrants
    July 6, 2009 3:08 p.m.

    We don't need anymore immigrant haters in this state.
    I am ashamed of anyone who belongs to my faith and shows a bad name by their hatred toward immigrants. You display a bad message to everyone and do not follow the teachings of the church. I hope people will find it in their hearts not to support Chaffetz!

  • Please No
    July 6, 2009 3:07 p.m.

    Chaffetz will only make Utah the laughing stock of the U.S. I certainly hope that rational thinking Utahns win over and stop the extreme right from dominating the state.

  • huh
    July 6, 2009 3:06 p.m.

    I wish Chaffetz could get his facts straight.

  • Media Pig
    July 6, 2009 3:05 p.m.

    I am tired of Chaffetz doing anything he can to get his name in the press. He is a phony.

  • Sandy
    July 6, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    I agree - get Bennett and Hatch out. They're two old men who have outlived their time serving. They should gracefully retire and let some younger folks who are still in touch with reality serve.

  • anonymous
    July 6, 2009 2:58 p.m.

    Chaffetz's unbridled ambition exceeds his grasp of the nuances required to be an effective United States senator. He is a clown.

  • NotFromUtar
    July 6, 2009 2:47 p.m.

    Lets kick Hatch and Bennett out!!! There both Libs!

  • Requirement: Fulfilled
    July 6, 2009 2:43 p.m.

    Perhaps you are making a joke, in which case, it was funny. If not, I think the fact that he has been married for 18 years most likely puts him over the minimum age for Senate.

  • Fact checker
    July 6, 2009 2:41 p.m.

    Rep. Chaffetz is 42.

  • Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    What a joke!

  • Chip
    July 6, 2009 2:33 p.m.

    The Constitution? Since when is anyone in Washington abiding by that old, worn out document?

  • Provo Dad
    July 6, 2009 2:27 p.m.

    No matter what we the people need to vote Bennett out of office because of his continued support of ILLEGAL Aliens!

  • Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 2:26 p.m.

    Bennet lost my vote when he turned his noe up at voter and voted for the first bailout. Plus he is very liberal on Immigration laws. He has lost touch with Utahns. Same for Mr Hatch.

    Time for change!

  • Compassionate Conservative
    July 6, 2009 2:23 p.m.

    I hope that Mr. Minuteman, Jason Chaffetz won't try to bring his far-right agenda to the Senate. The day that it happens, Utah will end up turning it's back to Reagan/Bush Compasionate Conservatism and will go for Liberal Democrat agendas. You see? Republicans are under the impression that Utah is 100% Republican, that's not so. There are more conservatives than liberals, but that doesn't necessarily turn Utah into Republican Utah. Hasn't the Republican "strategists" noticed they're losing ground? I wonder why? I'm LDS and a strong Conservative, but I'm also an inmigrant who hates the anti-immigrant rethoric of Chaffetz. Last year I voted Republican but didn't support Chaffetz as many other anti-bigotry conservatives did. I'm affraid for Utah. Republicans should be too!

  • Constitutional Age Requirement
    July 6, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    I don't think the Constitution will allow Chaffetz to run for Senate until he turns 30.