Orrin Hatch announces he's a Romney 'special adviser'

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  • homers Provo, UT
    May 4, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    @Cameron from Eagle Mountain. Then Dan should have let his record speak for itself. Instead he voluntarily joined himself at the hip with FreedomWorks - one of the most distasteful and untruthful political groups on the American political scene. Even last week he happily accepted their endorsement and touted it on his web page. One of the ways we can judge our candidates is by the groups they willingly associate with. Dan has shown very poor judgement in actively pursuing support and money from a group like FreedomWorks. He says he wishes they would stay out of the Utah race and then he heartily runs back to them a week later. I could never support a candidate that chums with such ilk as FreedomWorks

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    May 3, 2012 8:42 p.m.

    Re: LDS Liberal

    Correct, correct, correct!

    It the Merrill Cook story. As an Independent he kept coming in second. With the pretty little "R" he wins! Same man, same plan...

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 3, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    It doesn't matter who endorses who.

    This is Utah.
    and folks here don't think about who, they just vote for the "R".

  • Cameron Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 3, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    @ReluctantRepublican - I invite you to look a little closer at Dan Liljenquist's record.

    60% of our state senators endorse Dan Liljenquist. Our state budget chair endorsed Dan. He twice won the Taxpayer Advocate of the Year award, won Governing magazine's Public Official of the Year award, his entitlement reform was touted by the Wall Street Journal as a model for the nation, and has been asked to consult on legislative issues by 40 other states. The Deseret News called him the Utah legislature's champion of long term structural fiscal reform, and proof that courage still exists in politics. He passed meaningful but controversial Medicaid reform *unanimously*. He took on unions to save the state from a $6.5 billion shortfall, and when the dust settled the union's chief lobbyist said he disagreed with Dan but that he'd been "great to work with".

    This is not the record of someone "who divides and separates" as you suggested. It is the record of someone who has solved real fiscal issues and done so with bipartisan support.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    May 3, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    Hatch is a great senator and has done amazing work for the state of Utah. I expect that Mitt will find his experience very valuable. Few men have contributed so much of their life to working for the good of the people in government.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    May 3, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    Hopefully in June we can make so he can work "full time" for Romney and not be bothered with any more campaigning. Retire Hatch. Oh, also retire BO!!! Retire ALL incumbents so that we can stop the madness (spending) in Washington.

  • sodiedog Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    Special Advisor=Junior Ranger.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 3, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    Senator Hatch brings years of stability, knowledge, experience, expertise and of getting things done for the people of Utah and the United States of America. He knows when to stand up for the right and works with both sides to get things done. He doesn't have to sit there and preach at the podium to get attention. He gets things done working behind the scenes in more cases than not. You have give and take in government in most of the actions that are rudimentary. However, he stood for the Downwinders and even though it would have been better for the government to have said there were problems with the above ground testing in 1950s, he was able to help get some compensation. He fought to keep the government from doing a large 300,000 pound explosive test in 2006-2007 in the Nevada test range that could have delivered more nuclear waste to Utah above the ground to southern Utah, once again. He is more than words. Some don't like his words and his longevity but we need someone in Washington, as a Senator that isn't just a complainer, such as Lee and Dan than Man.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    May 3, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    Springville, UT
    Honestly? Who cares?"

    Who cares? Why The DNews cares! If it's about Romney, Hatch, or anything Mormon no matter how significant, they're going to write and article about it! \

    Did you see the recent article about the CSU student leaving for BYU? Students switch schools ALL the time but since this kid switched to a LDS school it's worthy of news.

    DNews is about as unbiased and objective as Bill Maher.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    May 3, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    Another reason to Not vote for Romney.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 3, 2012 7:43 a.m.

    Honestly? Who cares?

  • Reluctant republican Saratoga Springs, UT
    May 3, 2012 7:41 a.m.

    People are so sick of Dan's siding with the Tea Party, who are extreme right-wing idealists that have no ability to see beyond their own noses. Hatch, on the other hand, brings people together in the Senate and otherwise. For me, I'd rather have someone who works well with others and who others respect rather than a guy like Dan who divides and separates. Someone else who divided people in SLC? Rocky Anderson. We're still trying to dig out of and repair that hole he left.

  • Wyomex Burlington, WY
    May 3, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    Romney said in a statement issued by the Hatch campaign that he looks forward to working with Hatch "to get those who've become so frustrated with Washington to believe in America again."

    The real frustration: Hatch is Washington. Washington is Hatch.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2012 9:56 p.m.

    Just one more reason to vote for Obama.

    There is nothing good about Romney and the same goes for Hatch. I agree that Hatch should focus on his primary election rather than handing out endorsements. I wish both of them would go away.

  • OneAmerican Idaho Falls, ID
    May 2, 2012 9:54 p.m.

    He's covering his bases. On the one hand, with Romney now the presumptive nominee, Hatch makes this announcement in hopes of riding Romney's coattails to re-election. On the other hand, if he loses, he's Jonesing for a cabinet position, supreme court nomination, or ambassadorship...whatever it takes to keep his taxpayer supported lifestyle going.

  • travelrus murray, UT
    May 2, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    Geeze! has Hatch been hanging out at a tanning booth! He looks like George Hamilton in that photo.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 2, 2012 6:43 p.m.

    Please, Orrin, just stick to your own campaign, and remember you do not even have the nomination to run for your (lifetime?) Senate job yet.

    Romney is infinitely superior to Obama in every way, but he is a mushy candidate with few core beliefs. I hope to be voting for him enthusiastically considering the opposition, but having Hatch and McCain and other squishy RINOs out there praising him makes me less enthused about Romney.