Chaffetz within 10 points of Hatch in new poll

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  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    chs 85
    My point is that we are calling an accomplishment, spending taxpayer money until we are in severe debt. Bluster? I want our representatives to lay off the legislation for a bit and start to dismantle the bankrupting building they have constructed since hatch has been in DC.

  • Considering Stockton, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    After 34 years, it is time for Hatch to retire gracefully. If not, the GOP delegates need to force retirement. Money and name recognition carry far less weight in convention than in the primary or general. That is the beauty of the convention.

    Hatch voted for TARP. He has introduced a balanced budget amendment multiple times, but not when the GOP actually controlled both houses of congress during the Bush years near as I recall. He has been far too quick to confirm the most liberal of federal judicial appointments; and far too slow to actually push through conservative judicial appointments.

    He has done a great job over the years of convincing the national and local media that is conservative. And maybe standing next to Ted Kennedy he is. But for Utah, he has been far too liberal for far too long.

    Given his tenure and seniority, he must accept significant blame for where the nation is today.

    I don't know whether Chaffetz is the right guy or not to replace Hatch. But certainly somebody is and it is time for Hatch to go. Remember, Hatch had ZERO elected experience when he was elected Senator.

  • goatesnotes Kamas, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    Orrin has introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment 17 times during his 34 years (and counting) years in the Senate. He's running hard to the right to get re-elected, and he's introduced the BBA again this year.

    You'd have to say he's got some pretty serious conservative credentials. . . but then there's that darn TARP vote.

    He told CPAC and the Tea Party Express conclaves in the last two weeks his TARP vote was a "mistake."

    There's no doubt he's in trouble, and he knows it. All it's going to take is a respectable alternative from among the ranks to oppose him, and no matter who emerges this election cycle they'll have a shot at unseating him.

    You can find plenty in a guy's voting record over 34 years not to like -- that's the easy part. Give us an acceptable replacement and he'll be gone. Incumbents are dropping like flies.

    America, in case you hadn't noticed yet, is hungry for a change of direction. We're no longer fascinated with seniority and longevity.

    I'm betting the voters' mood won't change much between now and then.

  • goatesnotes Kamas, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    Age is an issue. It may be the defining issue, all other considerations being equal.

    No one his age has ever been elected as a senator from Utah. . . never, ever. . . yet. He's hoping to break through and set a longevity record. . . but. . .

    Hansen's statement is correct -- he's 76 today, but in a month he'll be 77, then on election day next year he'll be 78 years old.

    If re-elected, he would be 84 at the end of his next term, and will have served 42 of his 84 years as a U.S. Senator. That's half his life!

    It's the elephant in the room, but is is going to be an unavoidable reality when the voters step into the booth in November 2012.

  • chiefbrady Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    Voting for Hatch again is akin to condoning what has happened to government in the last 34 years.

    Chaffetz has pledged to cut spending, stop illegal aliens from overwhelming our country and takes a hard line against big government.

    I think the choice is simple.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 4:30 p.m.


    Inquiring minds want to know what exactly has Jason done to "to curb the appetite of the masses for 'free money'?" What legislation has he introduced to do that? Bluster is worth the paper it is written on.

  • Gentile brookings, SD
    Feb. 15, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    I don't have dog in this fight. It looks like the males are at it again. Old leader, new wannabe leader. Do the democrats have anyone beside old man and young buck?

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    Why all the priority on what Chaffetz has accomplished? If you mean by accomplish...bring home the federal redistributed money, then maybe Chaffitz isn't for you. If you want a stand up guy that will try to curb the appetite of the masses for 'free money' then vote for Jason.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Feb. 15, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    You'd have to really be unlikeable to finish second behind Hatch for pete's sake.

    Problem for Chaffetz is the only thing he has accomplished is running his mouth and doing nothing for Utah. At least hatch and Bennett did something or Utah. Now the uninformed rage voters of Utah have lost Bennett's seniority and placement to hand power over to other parts of the GOP which will rob Utah of our fair share.

  • Happy Valley Hillbilly Alpine, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    I do not support any multi-decade politician who does not know when it is time to step down. Hatch, Kennedy, Byrd and others like them do not do their constituents any good, rather they only attempt to boost their own ego and status. Hatch is not a conservative and is bordering on RINO status. I wecome a strong challenge to Hatch by Chaffetz, or other qualified candidates who will work for the residents of Utah, and not aspire to become one of the old fixtures in Congress.

  • jimhale Eugene, OR
    Feb. 15, 2011 12:59 p.m.

    Pray tell, Utah:

    What exactly has Hatch done wrong?

    And what has this new guy done right?

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    I think they both are poor options. That's the problem with politics in general. Only the self-absorbed seek these offices. They talk a good talk, but in the end do what's in their own best interests.

    It's unfortunate our political climate allows for only the extremes at either end of the political spectrum. As a moderate I don't even have the lesser of two evils anymore. Only two evils! Even if I could run, I could not win a primary (either party) because I'm not radical enough to suit the "base". It's the extremists that are hurting our country...BOTH SIDES!

  • Forgotten Man Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    Name callers: please state which actions led you to oppose Hatch. He's been a staunch conservative his entire career in the Senate. He single handedly kept Hill Air Force Base open, the State's largest employer. If the GOP regains control of the senate, Hatch is certain to chair a very important committee. We'd be idiotic to not re-elect him.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    You promised us you would stay as long as Teddy Kennedy.

    Well, Teddy has passed on Orrin.

    It's time to leave. 1976 you were elected 1976!!!!!!

    Our Founding Fathers never intended lifetime service for Congress. Only the Supreme Court is granted that.

    Know when to go. Athletes stay too long, polititions, paleeze.

    Follow Lavell Edwards and go out on top, go fishing, do something else with your life.
    You may not be tired, but we are tired of you.

    You will not get out of the Primaries.

    Frankly, you stood idle for the last ten years while this whole metltdown took place.

    You were not there for us.

    Now, let's do this with dignity, and not the like the tantrum laden exit of Bob Bennett.

    You are not a Prince, stop acting like one.

  • E. Hindman Ogden, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    What is interesting from the article and the posts is there seems to be the notion that there is ONLY Hatch or Chaffetz to choose from in the senate race.

    Those that think Hatch should stay I have a question for you - if you can't get the job done in 34 years how much time do you need?

    Chaffetz - met him when he worked for Huntsman, it was too difficult to get past his arrogance to actually have a conversation with him.

    There must be someone else viable for the job. I don't believe seniority is a valid necessity, change is good for the country; that way they know their perks are limited and so is their special interest influence.

  • happytobehere Alpine, Utah
    Feb. 15, 2011 8:47 a.m.

    Folks, this isn't a situation of "anybody is better than Hatch." That's how Chafftez got to Washington in the first place "anybody is better than Cannon."

    Chaffetz is the wrong man to have in Washington in any capacity. Period.

    He waits for a weakness and exploits it. He waited a long time to run the first time as he measured Cannon's popularity and positioned himself...think Cougar Club, etc.

    Then he went for Cannon's seat outside of the district he lived in, not because he wanted to serve, but because he smelled blood.

    Please..can't we do better????

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    The worst news in a headline I've read for a long time.

  • Tami Herriman, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    I would not feel comfortable supporting Chaffetz, but absolutely feel Hatch has been in there too long and needs to go. I wish he would go with some style, rather than kicking and screaming like Bennett.

  • jd11 Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    I will never vote for Hatch again, nor will anyone I know. I will campaign for anyone against him.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    GO JASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • skiutah American Fork, Utah
    Feb. 15, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    Here's an idea. Since we really can't afford two freshman senators, keep Hatch in for another term (he'll be retiring anyway), then let the best candidate run against him during the next election. This way, we'll at least have some experience back in Washington. Right now, Chaffetz is better suited for Congress than the Senate anyway.

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    Orrin Hatch has become a creature of Washington. It is time for him to go.

  • Draper Kearns, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    Didn't we learn anything from the last election. It does not matter what the majority wants, only what the "involved" citizens want, those who attend the nieghborhood meetings and are elected as delegates to the state convention.

    If Bennett had reached the primary he would still be our senator becaused the "uninformed" would have voted him back into office.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    Senator Hatch has the know how that Chaffetz lacks.

    Chaffetz polarizes himself towards Romney who is known for flopping on issues.

    Fickle describes Chaffetz career thus far.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 6:42 a.m.

    In a way, this poll is irrelevant. Hatch would have to get through the delegates and convention, and we all know how crazy right wing they are. In either case, Utah would not be well served by either of these men. Hatch should go, it's been too long, and Chaffetz is a show boat and too extreme to really be effective - a legend in his own mind.

  • fanUVU Orem, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 6:37 a.m.

    I have been pleased with much of Chaffetz' work but cannot support him in a bid that would cripple Utah. I too will run as a delegate to ensure that Hatch is not blindsided by the ultra-radical right which controls the grass roots of Republican politics, against the majority of the state's will. Heaven help Utah if "The Ego" replaces Hatch.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 6:02 a.m.

    Oh, please. What has Chaffetz accomplished? Why is he anybody to be considered for the Senate? All many of us see is an opportunist/narcissist more concerned about his personal fame than actually doing any work. I would not be comfortable voting for him over Hatch until I see more of a record of accomplishments.

  • JMT Springville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 5:00 a.m.

    The only reason, I mean ONLY reason to worry about freshmen legislators is in the fight over perks, cash and bacon. $15 trillion of debt later, another $100 trillion of unfunded obligations later I am sick and tired of people worrying about having seniority to go deeper into debt. Hatch MUST GO!

    One note, I highly doubt this poll. Dan Jones is notoriously biased towards the machine. For those who pay attention Jones has been more then 20 points off when it comes to reporting for machine politicians. All you have to do is compare his "surveys" versus actual poll results. He is notorious for bias.

    An honest poll likley shows Chaffetz up by 5+ points, a 15 point swing. Finally, Chaffetz is going to run. Jeff Flake of Arizona announced he is running for Senate. Chaffetz wants to hang out with him in the Senate.

  • WellBehavedWomen Highland, UT
    Feb. 14, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    Can Utah really afford two freshmen Senators and two freshmen Representatives? I understand the displeasure with some of the votes Senator Hatch has done but isn't getting rid of all of our Congressional leaders who have Seniority a bad idea? We have real problems in this country that need to be fixed. Being head of the finance committee is a powerful role in fixing those tough problems. Do we really want Olympia Snow to be in charge? That's who will be the head of Finance if Senator Hatch is gone. The very thought keeps me up at night.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 14, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    Go Jason!

    Orrin- please be a real statesman and see the change in priorities among voters. We no longer want "seniority" and "experience" but rather we want elected officials who will Stop The Spending!

    I look forward to being a delegate next year and sending Hatch into retirement (after many decades in Washington), if he does not graciously retire on his own.