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  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    April 21, 2012 8:58 p.m.

    We need to send local citizens to represent us in Washington; citizens who have been working and living in our world; citizens willing to put principle ahead of reelection and lay it all on the line for us and our country for one term, or two at most, and then go home and back to work in their real career. We need our citizen representatives to keep their principal residence here at home, and live among us when Congress is not in session. We need citizens serving us who are willing to serve for nothing or for expense money and then return home without a pension and without the honors and trappings and health insurance of royalty. Career politicians are un-American. Retire them all!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 21, 2012 8:11 p.m.

    Once you've reached the pinnacle, it's all decline.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    April 21, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    I don' like Hatch and I don't want hatch. BUT the people running against him are much much worse than Hatch could ever hope to be. In Mike Lee, Utah has already sent one unmitigated, unqualified embarrassment to the Senate. I just hope we don't do it again.

  • Henderson Orem, UT
    April 21, 2012 9:56 a.m.

    I think we're seeing the true voice of Utah speak out.

    Yes, a few "super" PACs want Hatch ousted. And yes, they do have a lot of money. Yet, the overwhelming majority of Utah does not want Hatch gone it appears. All the polls show him gaining 60 % of the popular vote.

    I am personally neither for or against Hatch. I am however, against Superpacs and corporations buying legislation. Corporations are NOT people. And I am FOR democracy and freedom.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    April 21, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    The Hatch campaign is apparently bankrupt of reasons to keep their incumbent in office. It is now bullying to vote for anyone but the incumbent.

    Where do Hatch and so many other incumbents get their sense of entitlement? They do not have a right to an automatic renewal of their $175,000 annual salary and other perks of office. They do not have any moral right to build up "war chests" of donations and keep the unspent part for themselves. The phrase "shepherds who feed themselves and not the flock" keeps coming to mind.

    What has Hatch done for the taxpayer other than arrogantly assert that "the poor" should pay more taxes. How dare they pay no income tax when they have no income or do not receive annually as much as their basic exemptions. Orrin, you have a right to the same basic exemptions.

    Others have a right to challenge Mr Hatch and I dearly hope that one of them will succeed in replacing him as Senator for Utah.

  • @Charles the greater outdoors, UT
    April 21, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    It looks like Hatch's scare tactics have worked on another poor soul. Hatch is not irreplaceable. Hatch is not a dictator. Hatch is just a man who has spent 36 years in DC. He's the consummate insider and a definite part of the problem.

    Hatch voted for TARP, Patriot Act, NCLB, NDAA and raised the debt ceiling about 17 times. Hatch also voted for Ginsberg, claiming she was great.

    There was no bullying at the convention. People came in and voted their conscience and Bennett didn't make the grade. These types of letters prove one point -- that people don't really know or understand the voting record of their representatives and just listen to sound bites.

    I hope that Hatch is ousted today at the convention!

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    April 21, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    I remember the caucus of two years ago well. All 10 candidates for delegates promised the same thing....no incumbents. After 36 years I hope once more we have "no incumbents". If he gets in again, maybe he will then go for Sen Byrd's record and run again and again and again until we have to prop him up in order to make a speech much like Byrd's last days. I hope not. Please, 36 years is ENOUGH!

  • goatesnotes Kamas, UT
    April 21, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    I'm sorry, but "bullying?" Spare us the drama. Bob Bennett was the victim of bad timing and old age. In Mike Lee the electorate had a suitable (I would argue superior) replacement. The 2010 caucus was held two days after Obamacare was signed into law. Anger was rampant for incumbents that night. Bennett didn't vote for Obamacare, but he was blamed for an ill-advised vote in favor of TARP. This year the anger has subsided, but Hatch deserves to face a primary, and the delegates will be inclined to give the voters a primary, as they should.

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    April 21, 2012 7:04 a.m.

    Mr. Olson:

    What you call bullying, was the democratic process. The delegates who voted against Bailout Bob were representatives of their districts. Most of them were sent to the convention by their communities for the specific purpose of removing him from office.

    He had demonstrated by his TARP vote that he didn't understand the proper role of government.

    This is true of Orrin Hatch as well.

    It really is time for him to go.