Chris Herrod to take on Hatch, socialism in bid for U.S. Senate

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  • Cleo_76 PROVO, UT
    Jan. 9, 2012 2:00 p.m.

    After 2 years of trying to convince Utah that he's conservative, the Hatch campaign concedes that Orrin is not the "true" conservative in the senate race -- Chris Herrod is the TRUE conservative. Chris brings a COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVE approach to the issues -- reduce debt/spending, bolster the economy, respect the law, pursue energy independence, retain our rights and get back to the basic Constitutional principles that made this country great!

  • The_Kaiser Holladay, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 6:31 p.m.

    Hatch voted for TARP, and recently voted for the NDAA act, which takes away the Constitutional right of every US Citizen having Habeas Corpus, or right of trial.

    This is a crime, and High Treason. Vote him out.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    @Lifelong Republican:

    Teaching kids things about how the legislative process works can be done without introducing joke bills to waste the time of our 104 state legislators on the public dime (~$80/minute plus the fact that more important things aren't getting done). It was a pretty sorry excuse for this prank.

  • goatesnotes Kamas, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    The conventional wisdom would be that Hatch just exhaled a huge sigh of relief now that he has two announced opponents for the nomination at convention.

    Dave Hansen has been organizing the potential delegates efficiently, as he always has. The campaign war chest is brimming to overflowing with $4 million to spend against the rivals.

    A good question to ask Hatch supporters at caucus who stand for election as a state delegate would be, "How much is the Hatch campaign paying you?" It's perfectly legal to hire campaign organizers at the precinct level, but it's a little unsavory for my taste. It smacks of buying votes. So just ask the question.

    As to "splitting the vote" one need look no further back than 2010 at convention, when Bennett was eliminated on the third vote of the delegates and Lee and Bridgewater were nominated for the primary.

    Could history repeat itself? Hatch declares, "I'm not Bob Bennett."

    Time will tell.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    Ah, yes, let's use the fear invoking, hated word Socialism. That will certainly frighten all the brain dead voters in Utah to vote for Mr. Herrod.


    How about a better solution? Get the Republicans to try actually working toward what is best for all the country and stop trying to stymie anything Obama proposes.

    And an even Better Solution -- vote for Pete Ashdown to replace Orrin.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Jan. 7, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    I am all for getting Hatch out of there, he is a good man, but he is part of the good ole boys club. His best buddy just died and McCain looks like he is not long for this earth. I have liked the new generation of people in the house and senate and I hope that they will get some good things done, but hopefully in 36 year, someone born today will be trying to get them out of office. I think that it is clear that you don't have to be a Senior Senator to get things accomplished. And if they get rid of all the old ones, there won't be any Senior ones, especially Reid.

  • cymrul West Valley City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    All I can say is ANYONE other than Hatch. At this point I would vote for a cardboard cutout of one of the "Twilight" actors over Hatch! Term limits are up to the voters to enforce.

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 9:16 a.m.


    To be fair the monkey bill was a lesson he was teaching to some of the kids. He was showing them how the legislative process works which I actually admire him for. It wasn't a serious bill.

    It will be interesting to see how this one all plays out.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    I would be interested in knowing his defintition of socialism. To the far right every gov't program is socialism. Protecting our environment from polluters and public education are all forms of socialism to the far right Comparing the U.S. to what the situation in eastern Europe was is comparing apples and oranges. Not a fair comparision. Everyone hates that type of tyranny. That is just a given.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    Herrod represents my district and he's a joke. His first term he wasn't even elected, he was appointed by the Party (somebody else was elected but decided to take a different position). The next time he actually did win the election, but he wouldn't have if people realized who they were voting for rather than just blindly checking the straight-ticket Republican box on the ballot.

    His biggest claims to fame are:
    1. Introducing a (failed) bill to allow his daughter's friend to own a pet monkey.
    2. Introducing another (failed) bill to remove the child seat requirement for car trips under 5mi and 45mph (even though the vast majority of accidents esp involving children happen close to home).
    3. Voting against a bill prohibiting smoking in a car with children (it passed anyway), with the ridiculous rationale "If people have to get out of their car to smoke, the delay will make them fall asleep and get hit on their way to and from California."

    This is not who we need in Washington.

  • uzbeks NORTH SALT LAKE, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    Senator Hatch has really got some opponents now. Its about time to after 36 years. He's no longer needed as the need for a real patriot to represent the people is needed in Washington. Not someone who supports the Patriot Act and the cursed NDAA- the worst liberty destroyer in the history of this country- literally gives the Pres. dictatorial power. shows that Senator Hatch needs to step down and give way to someone who'll actually support freedom- don't know which one of these runner ups is the one yet...

  • The Hammer lehi, utah
    Jan. 6, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    Another newb is about to jump into the shark tank. Hopefully he splits the delegates that would go to lillenquist and we can stay with Hatch who would do more to advance conservative causes than either of the newbs.