Want strong leadership? Support Sen. Orrin Hatch

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  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 23, 2012 7:50 a.m.

    Mr. Hatch is anything but a strong leader. He may think that he's leading. He may have convinced a lot of people that he's leading; but, he's not a leader in the senate. No one in the Senate is hanging on to his every word. No one is following him.

    He told us that he was much too busy with his senate responsibilities to debate, so what has he been doing in Utah? How many lies are we going to believe before we vote him out of office?

    A leader stands at all times for the right thing - the right thing for the nation, not just the right thing for himself. Senator Hatch has forgotten, decades ago, what it meant to stand for anything except to stand for his personal desire to stay in Congress.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 23, 2012 12:30 a.m.

    Leadership? What leadership? That's exactly what he has lacked.

    Leadership isn't flip flopping on the issues. For example, in the 90s, hatch supported the Individual Mandate. Now? He's all of a sudden against it. Why?

    That isn't leadership. Adjusting to the fringe of your party, throwing out your values, and lowering your standard for personal gain is anything but leadership.

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    June 22, 2012 6:11 p.m.

    Re: Scott Montgomery: No, we definitely DON'T need Orrin Hatch's "leadership." Hatch has played a role in CAUSING many of the problems that you complain about in your letter. He has already been on the Finance Committee for 18 years, while continuing to vote for massive spending programs. What makes you think he will suddenly do a 180 and become fiscally responsible?

    Sorry, but he CAN'T become fiscally responsible, because after all these years he has too much Washington political baggage and owes too many favors to too many people. His "seniority" and "experience" are meaningless because he has become part of the problem.

    So far the main role of Hatch's so-called "balanced budget amendment" has been to serve as political cover for him while he continues to spend us into oblivion. Hatch's glaring hypocrisy is on display for all to see.

    Hatch used to be a great senator, but now he needs to go. His seniority has become a liability. We need to replace him with Dan Liljenquist.