Super PAC formed to boost Hatch re-election campaign

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  • Poqui Murray, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    I was waffling about re-electing Hatch, this has made it easier.

    Hatch has become what he was battling when he was first elected.

    Mr. Hatch, you've now lost another vote.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    Hang up your hat old man. The pasture is green, the sky is (still) blue. Time for you to rest and relax.

  • ReaganFan Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 22, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    Candidates no have no control over what any given PAC does, let alone whether or not a PAC is formed. If only you all had been criticizing the Club For Growth during the last election cycle when they were using special interest money to oust former Senator Bennett. What hypocrisy...

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Sept. 22, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    Sen Hatch, some of remember clearly "Senator Bennet - Eighteen years is enough for any elected official" in your run to unseat him. You have been in Washington too long.
    Why not do some good and leave? Introduce legislation stopping ALL retirement benefits for ALL elected Federal officials? You can go to a real job in the private sector, no need to bleed the taxpayers further. Do it Orrin and leave on a high note.

  • carpoolmom SOUTH JORDAN, Salt Lake
    Sept. 22, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    I agree with everyone that has written in. Hatch has to go. I do not understand how good people can be so ignorant that they will reelect a Senator because of the greater amount of ads he will have then the other candidate because of his money. He's been in office long enough that all of us should know where his loyalties are without having to listen to the spin he'll put into his reelection campaign.Those loyalties are to himself in case you haven't noticed. It's all about power for Hatch. Why else would he continue to run at his age. He has always won by a landslide and now it's time for him to lose by a landslide.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    Hatch has 3 million. Why would a Super Pac make any difference? Some of you bozo's would vote for a Democrat just to get rid of Hatch. Not smart.

  • OneAmerican Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 22, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    RE: GABBY | 12:22 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011 "he has no influence in Washington"

    Actually, Hatch has tremendous influence in Washington, though not quite as much since Ted Kennedy passed. Problem is it is LIBERAL influence he has since he abandoned his true self (and voters) years ago. In a presser a couple years back, to the question "Why can't our elected officials live by the same laws they pass, rather than exempt themselves?" he replied "That might cause more problems than it would solve." After that reply, is there ANY question that it is time for him to be removed from office?

  • durwood kirby South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    C'mon now. Hatch is no more indispensable than was Frank Moss.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    If superannuated Senator Hatch seriously believed in promoting the conservative agenda he has recently discovered, he would encourage the "super Pac" folks to go elsewhere and help elect other conservative senators to work with him and advance his (newly adopted) agenda.

    But, no, instead Hatch is eager to get more beltway bigshots contributing to his reelecton to ensure his permanent tenure in the Senate to stroke his ego.

    Hatch said it best himself "What do you call a senator who's been in Washington 18 years? You call him home!"

    Just replace him with a hard fighting fiscal and social conservative who wants to repeal Obamacare and balance the budget immediately. Chaffetz would be good, but anyone with that platform would be fine with me, if they can be trusted to do it!

  • Conner Johnson
    Sept. 21, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    The days of old fossil politicians like Senator Orrin Hatch are soon over. The people of Utah are demanding change that these old hags simply won't budge on such as reforming the Liquor laws, which are disgraceful to say the least. Same goes for our Legislature, your days are numbered and hopefully the right people will be voted into your place. Adios!

  • PyretQueen OGDEN, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    Will Senator Hatch be running on a prairie dog abatement platform?

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    "He has no influence in Washington"??!! Really, Gabby @ 12:22??!! You either have zero understanding of how Washington works or you have your head so firmly buried in the sand that common sense can't reach it. You can argue that Hatch has been there too long if you wish, but to say he has no influence is denying reality. Orrin Hatch is one of the most influential people in DC.

  • AT Prospect, KY
    Sept. 21, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    Please retire senator. Time to write your autobiography and tell us what a wonderful job you did in the senate while voting away our liberties and growing the federal government. I have a title for your book... Senator Hatch: Asleep on the Watchtower.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    The senator's creation of this new PAC seems all the more reason to elect someone else to replace him.

    According to the article, the new PAC collects money from big donors in Washington, D.C.; in other words, lobbyists and their clients who want to influence this senator's votes.

    I'm tired of it all.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    This nation has been for sale to the highest bidder for decades, the public is just now slowly catching on. Big business and the super rich have had our government in their pockets for a LONG time. Why do you think they're doing so well in the recession while the rest of us suffer?

    This nation's political system is broken and rotten from top to bottom. I'm really beginning to think revolution is the only way to fix this.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    he is pork belly and the drug companies right hand man. no regulation on herbal meds. no rules on price fixing or how high. the same with the oil companies

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 21, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    It is sad that while our young men are fighting and dying for individual freedom in foreign nations here Americas individual voice of freedom is compromised by the sale of the county's soul for big money.

  • David King Layton, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    Please retire Senator Hatch and realize that your time in Congress was never meant to be eternal. If you feel that someone like Chaffetz is too extreme for Utah, please name someone you would be satisfied with and step out of the way. If you happen to think that you are literally the only one in Utah who can represent our state, then the power has gone to your head in such a way that it is time to step down. This is not the Supreme Court, you were not appointed for life. Enjoy your great grandchildren, take walks, serve a mission, whatever, but please please please realize that 36 years is more than enough time to accomplish what you intended to do. Remember that you said Frank Moss had lost touch with Utah and served too long. The shoe is on the other foot so you know what you have to do.

  • mcjolley Pleasant grove, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 1:14 p.m.

    Let me get this straight, these people were concerned about outside groups "buying" the election so they created a Super PAC (which will be funded mostly by people outside of Utah) to do exactly what they are opposing, "buy" the election.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    America for Sale.

    I used to think my vote counted.

    Now it's all about Super PAC's.

    Thank you, the SCOTUS, for legalizing the sale of America to the highest bidder (see: Citizens United).

  • GABBY Farmington, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    It is time for this dinosaur to retire, and what has he really done for our state? he has no influence in Washington, it is time for some new blood and out with the dinosaurs who have been in office for WAY to long....they should have term limits

  • FDRfan safety dictates, ID
    Sept. 21, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    The Federal Election Committee implemented that ruling by allowing the formation of super PACs, which can accept unlimited funds from unlimited sources.

    Now the super rich of the world can rule America. We are truly in for some hard times.