Scott Howell has eye of the tiger in rematch with Sen. Orrin Hatch and takes aim at senator's age

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  • Blaine Cedar City, UT
    July 15, 2012 8:55 p.m.

    As usual, the Deseret News told us nothing about what Howell wants to do if elected. How does he stand on issues such as deficit spending; excessive taxation; ObamaCare; national defense; Social Security; abuse of the Constitution's Commerce Clause; abuses of the Endangered Species Act, EPA, ATF, and other federal agencies/programs; federal compliance with Utah's statehood act; judicial activism; English as the nation's official language; the 2nd, 10th, and 17th Amendments; Agenda 21; LOST; Cap and Trade; subsidies for non-viable enterprises such as "green" technologies; illegal immigration; etc?

    Journalism died with Jack Anderson.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 15, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    The biggest obstacle in Howell's path is the man currently sitting in the White House. The most recent polls show Hatch ahead 63% to 29%. I have no doubt that Howell will narrow Hatch's lead a little before November.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    July 15, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    Howell would make a great balance to the finance challenged Mike Lee.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    July 15, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    Re: "We all know what happens at 78."

    Howell is destined to lose.

    But one would think he'd like to be remembered for something other than blatant ageism in what will surely be his last run for political office.

  • Stephen Kent Ehat Lindon, UT
    July 15, 2012 7:09 a.m.

    "He'll be 84 years old (at the end of his seventh term). Eighty-four. Think about that."

    Okay. I've thought about it.

    Benjamin Franklin was age 81 when he served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and lived when life spans were generally shorter than they are today.

    So what if Senator Orrin Hatch will be eighty-four at the end of his term? Should we have told Mr. Franklin to sit it out and leave things to younger, less-experienced folk?

    If the only wedge a candidate can drive is one based on age rather than policy, the candidacy is a weak one.

  • sg newhall, CA
    July 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.

    There was a time when Hatch was good for Utah. That time has passed. Yes, he's old and yes he continues to declare with bravado that only he can save Hill Air Force Base and that he'll be the chairman of the Finance Committee. Two lies don't make a right. One, there is no guarantee that he will be the chair, that can only happen if the Repubs retake control of the Senate. He is so full of himself. Remember folks, it was Hatch who voted in favor of Holder as AG (thanks Hatch, you are such a judge of character). He also supported the nominations of both Sotomyer and Kagan (again, thanks Hatch for being such a judge of character). I'm not sure what he was thinking but really? Furthermore, I think Scott should not only attack Hatch on his age, but his current voting record and what he hasn't done to further the Constitution. How does Hatch feel about illegal invading our country? Naturally, Hatch, over the years has surrounded himself with characters that I wouldn't even bring home for them to meet my mother. Yes, Hatch is all about Hatch.

  • Orville Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2012 11:26 p.m.

    I'm glad that the democrats are fielding a decent candidate, but we need to face the facts. Senator Hatch would win this election even if he doesn't campaign. If Howell runs againt Mike Lee I would vote for him in an instant, but in this case I'm voting for Senator Hatch.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 14, 2012 8:54 p.m.

    Scott Howell is exactly the kind of person we need to send to DC. He is far from a mainstream democrat. He is an independent thinking man who is not afraid to reach across the aisle and compromise with the other side on behalf of the American people. The solutions to our problems are not about whether we elect republicans or democrats, they will only come when we elect people like Scott Howell who will put country ahead of politics and personal gain.

    Unfortunately he will not be elected, not because of his stance on the affordable healthcare act, but because he is a D not an R. To many people in the state have decided that R's are righteous and D's are the devil. They will not take time to look at a candidates record and vote for the best candidate regardless of party.

  • Justmythoughts Provo, UT
    July 14, 2012 7:52 p.m.

    Would a Freshman Senator Howell have more clout if Democrats kept control of the Senate rather than a Senior member of the minority party? Just askin. Hatch has claimed his seniority will benefit Utahns but isn't that only if the GOP gains control of the Senate which is FAR from certain.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 14, 2012 7:27 p.m.

    I have no doubts that Scott Howell is a nice guy with a lovely family and cares deeply about people.

    But, as nice as Howell may be, he is a mainstream Democrat who will support everything Obama does, and he will not fight tooth and nail to repeal Obamacare, slash federal spending and reduce the entitlement mindset.

    Hatch is not a lot better, not nearly as good as Liljenquist would have been, but I will hold my nose and vote for Hatch, and pray that he acts as conservative in Washington as he claims to be when he is campaigning.

    Liberal Democrats, or even moderate or even pretty colored dog Democrats are mostly part of the problems afflicting this country, and definitely not part of the solution.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    July 14, 2012 6:23 p.m.

    I am a Republican, and yet if I were in Utah, Scott would be a good reason to not vote for Hatch. Scott is a great person, I went to high school with him and met him about 20 years ago and he invited my daughter to come spend the day up at capital hill. Scott is a good family man with good values, I would bet that he is about as conservative as Romney and much more conservative and sane then Reid. When I did live in Utah, I was tired of Hatch being in office and I don't like this political blackmail to the people saying that they have seniority and someone new would not have as much clout. I think that Lee has been a strong voice, and dang, people voted in a person as president that had only served two years in the Senate. But I would trust Scott to be a state senator. Maybe he could help bring the two sides together.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    July 14, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    Sorry, DN, but this article is nothing more than a boring history lesson and tells us nothing about Scott Howell's beliefs, the policies he supports, let alone the few things he likes about Obama. I can't find one thing that I like about Obama's tenure as "president" or as "senator" of Illinois. This is part of what's wrong with journalism today. You can write a three page article about a politician, and give the voters no worthwhile info to base their decisions on. You get an "F"!

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    July 14, 2012 3:31 p.m.

    He won't vote to repeal and therefore will not win in November.