Sen. Orrin Hatch will be 'special adviser' to Mitt Romney's campaign

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  • swede1952 Smithfield, UT
    May 7, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    Well,what a surprise! Orrin Hatch, sensing his bid for a seventh, unprecedented term of office is threatened, has turned to Mitt Romney's coattails to try and persuade Utah voters of his "unique importance" to Romney and Utah. This reminds me of childhood stories that begin, "Once upon a time . . ." C'mon Orrin! For one time, please admit that in the 2012 campaign, you finally realize your elective vulnerability! Please admit to Utahans that there is a growing dissent against you in the Utah electorate. In 2012, the masses are NOT going to simply "roll over" and behave like proverbial "sheep". This is the first GOP Senatorial Primary for Hatch since his election in 1976. He doesn't like it! It threatens his mistaken notion that no one but he, can adequately represent Utah in the US Senate. Well, Senator Hatch, now the people of Utah will decide whether you're going back for a 7th time.

    Dan Liljenquist is a person with new ideas, enthusiasm, and well-versed in the issues that face most Utahans in 2012. There are times in our political journey when it "just the right time" to chart a new course. It's time!

  • knowswhatcounts CENTERVILLE, UT
    May 3, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    Love Romney, time for Senator Hatch to come home!

  • UtahVoter Spanish Fork, UT
    May 3, 2012 7:12 a.m.

    Senator Hatch has had nearly 40 years experience of honing political tricks and gimmicks, so of course his team was savvy enough to secure an impressive sounding tie to the widely admired Romney.

    This doesn't, however, automagically transform Hatch's actual Senate record, nor, even, transform him into the type of Senator Utah needs in Washington -- with or without a President Romney. Mitt's been remarkably kind to the incumbent Senator, but that doesn't change the fact that Hatch's challenger is better prepared to actually stand up and lead on the issues of entitlement reform, budgeting, and true fiscal discipline.

    Senator Hatch has spent his entire career as a windsock -- allegedly trying to bank traded favors here and there ... and every attempt to "cash in" has come to naught. Hatch says he's previously led out on balanced budgets -- and it is true, if by "previously" you mean 20+ years ago. Hatch says he's as interested in pushing back for use of the lands locked up by the Federal government as his challenger -- and it's true 30+ years ago that he tried to do something in that regard.

    We still need Liljenquist in the Senate.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 2, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    I believe Senator Hatch has been part of Governor Romney's advisory team already so this makes it official, I guess. Any candidate going up against an incumbent President needs to have some of the most influential and effective advisors available. The President, whether officially part of the campaign or with the Government to advise him, daily, minute by minute communicated securely by many forms of communication. The President's use of official transportation for his official quote speeches don't require the same type of real money, a non-President spends for all the campaigning flights, etc. Senator Hatch has been around the block for many Presidents while he has been in the Senate. Statesman type of leaders are a plus. A Dan Liljenquist Senate wannabe is not what Governor Romney needs. The Governor has plenty of endorsers that have come forward to help in his campaign, directly and indirectly. Any type of endorsement has a potential for a drawback but Senator Hatch has many good qualifications on this docket.

  • DavisMan Clearfield, UT
    May 2, 2012 4:31 p.m.

    Hey Now be nice, just maybe Orin will do something. He hasn't done anything worth while as Senator so he might as well use what time he has left.

  • Oblio Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    Just what Mit needs, someone to tell him how to distance himself from the people and lose sight of who he wants to represent!

  • WWJD mcallen, tx
    May 2, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    Since he got torn up in the other debates, who would blame Orin from hiding behind Mitt's skirt. Baby.

  • md Cache, UT
    May 2, 2012 2:52 p.m.

    Yuck. I love to see Romney move forward. However, I am tired of Hatch.