Sen. Orrin Hatch spends $12 million on re-election bid

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  • homers Provo, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    I find it amusing that the tendency of people, when discussing politics, is to make the assumption that people that agree with them are intelligent and people who disagree with them are stupid/corrupt/evil, etc. Come on people, just admit that Hatch has done a good job, has represented Utah well, knows how to fight the fight and win, chased Jason Chaffetz out of the race, whipped your boy Dan like a yard dog and now will put Mr. Howell out of his misery next Tuesday and will go on to be one of the most prolific legislators ever to sit in the US Senate. If he isn't President pro-tem of the Senate next year, he most certainly will be in 2015. Utah has never had a Senator get that powerful. About 65-70% of the Utah voters will realize that next week - and they will be correct. Its OK - you can give him the credit he deserves. Nobody will disrespect you for it.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    He should have retired, sipped his tea, and wrote Jewish musicals a long, long time ago.

    But look at who keeps sending him back --
    Those who keep telling us that;

    Washington insiders are out of touch,
    New blood is needed,
    Business experience is required,
    Those who messed up it should be booted out of office.

    I guess Republicans are exempt.


  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct. 30, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    And don't forget that we pay for his health care also! Not a bad gig!

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 30, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    Re: xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    "He's getting old; he doesn't want to give up that government-funded health care plan!"

    Unlike a lot of Americans who can't find a job Sen. Hatch knows you'll help pay his salary for the next 6 years. He thanks you for your contribution to his nest egg.

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Oct. 30, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    What, is this the cheapest US Senate race out there this year?

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct. 30, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    DN: Why in the world would this comment be denied? My comment: He's getting old; he doesn't want to give up that government-funded health care plan!

    There is absolutely nothing offensive about that statement!

  • el steve o Herriman, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    This guy is the only Republican I didn't vote for. He is a part of the problem in Washington, responsible for the mess this country is in(steadily and more swiftly moving away from our constitutional based, reprsentative republic), and has been asleep at the wheel. Sure, he has probably done this or that for the state, but he has been a silent participant in the indemic corruption that is Washington DC. He doesn't get it. It's sad, really.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 8:12 a.m.

    Does anyone else see this as wrong?

    Maybe he should have limited himself to 4 million to stomp his opponent and the 8 million could have been spent in the state he represents.

    If he limited his spending he would not have fit in with the 91% from out of state who gave him the money, nor would he have fit in at Washington where our money is tossed about like fodder.

    When senator Kennedy died it seemed so did Orrins contacts with the other party as his record since then has been of a selfish old man accruing a legend for himself, not once in the past 4 years has he reached out to anyone on the other side of his line.

    Instead he maintains the stance he has been there the longest and with that the other side has to respect him or else. Turns out he fiddles while Rome burns. His attitude of my way or the highway has hurt our country more than he has helped.

    If Pres Obama is re-elected he has no plans other than to be a bump on a log again. Our state cannot afford his high and mighty attitude.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    If Hatch were really the conservative he claims to be, he would have taken some of that $12 million and helped other conservative Republicans. Mia Love could use some money, and a dozen Republican candidates for the Senate would use some too. If he could not give directly to them, then give to the super PACS who could.

    But, instead, we see Hatch devoting all his money and energy to getting his own superannuated body into another six years of prestige and power.

    Still, that is better than having another "moderate" sounding liberal Democrat in any office. Even though I would have vastly preferred Dan Liljenquist.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Oct. 30, 2012 6:42 a.m.

    Why is it that those on the right ALWAYS defend campaign spending.

    Virtually all corporate and union money requires and gets a payback.

    And while I do not contend that the supreme courts Citizens United ruling was correct based on the constitution, I do believe that it corrupts a corrupt system even more.

    Wake up people. Until you get the big money out, ALL, read ALL politicians are beholden to their large donors.

  • Middle-Conservative Provo, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    It's just sick the amount of money Hatch has spent. All to convince a state the has so many of its people that without a doubt do not like what he has become...and want to see him gone. 91% coming from outside our people donating it to him. 3 cheers for democracy and the people of Utah for continuing to vote for Hatch.

    Hatch is what we hate about Washington. But, mark my words...Utah will cement hypocrisy about the way they vote:

    First, Utah champions that we need change, change and change with our leaders that are in Washington when they go vote. Romney is change, so is that under-qualified mayor who's own officers are suing her... she's change too. Oh oh, when it comes to Hatch, they'll disregard change and say Utah needs him and make up junk for voting for him.

    Utah, you'll make us look pathetic if we vote Hatch in another term. That means special interests will have won. That's not change, is it? Have we not learned that Republicans don't govern well in national offices?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 29, 2012 9:34 p.m.

    Re: one old man Ogden, UT
    "Let's hope it was a big waste ...."

    Various current polls show Cooke getting a 17% to 19% share of the votes. Gov. Herbert will win. The only question is whether he will beat Cooke worse than he did Peter Corroon.

    (He won that race by better than 2 to 1.)

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 8:10 p.m.

    Let's hope it was a big waste and that on November 7 he will know it when he has to welcome Scott Howell to take his seat.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 29, 2012 7:52 p.m.

    Re: Dektol Powell, OH
    "Hatch spends $12 million to get a 6 year job ...."

    These funds were in his war chest and if this is to be his last campaign it should come as no surprise to anyone that he uses this money for the purpose it was intended. His opponent never had a prayer and that leaves only one option open for the liberals .... and that is to cry about it. The liberals are going to have more reason to cry come Nov. 6th.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Oct. 29, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    Hatch spends $12 million to get a 6 year job that pays under $200,000 a year. And people wonder why he can't figure out how to balance the Federal Budget?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    The Democratic and Republican PACs spent a lot of money. Dan Liljenquist and the outside PAC spent a lot of money campaigning against Hatch. After the demise of Senator Bennett, Hatch was prepared for a battle for the convention and primary, if needed. The Supreme Court of the United States of America changed the process of how elections are run and won.

    The Congress is so split on this process that they will never agree on any change in the election laws. The Supreme Court, whose judges don't run for office through elections, made a significant that could last forever. PACs don't have the same types of controls as the candidates do. The candidates don't have control over what those independent PACs say about them or the opponents.

    This seems to have made it so candidates can get out of any responsibility because they don't have control of PACs they are not part of who are supporting them for office.

    I believe some of the citizens that put off learning about the candidates on their own and just listen to the deluge of advertising, especially in and around the battle states will vote the ads.

  • Old Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    What a waste of money.

    And we want him on the finance committee?

    He should have said "I'm not paying for any ads. Vote for me because I know how to save money."

    But he showed us he is part of the problem with Washington.

    But, I'm still going to vote for him....because he is still better than the other guys in washington. But he has let us all down by playing politics while our country was going in debt.

    Thanks Orrin.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    91 % of the $4.5 million Hatch raked in 2012 came from out-of-state sources, while only 9 % came from Utah.


    Sad --
    Sold his 78 year old soul for a mess of out-of-State pottage.

    Utahns who vote for this guy should be ashamed of themselves.
    Senator I promise only 2 term, Hatch.