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Shurtleff to Announce Senate Decision in Utah Soon
Roll Call ^ | May 8, 2009 | John McArdle

Posted on 05/09/2009 7:10:01 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who has been open about his interest in challenging Sen. Bob Bennett in the GOP primary next year, said Thursday afternoon that an announcement about his 2010 plans will come on May 20 at a press conference in Salt Lake City.

Shurtleff told a local Utah television station last week that he wants to run for Senate, but that his wife has asked him for time to talk him out of making the race. On Thursday, as he was preparing to leave on a trade mission to Israel with Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., Shurtleff said he’s “99 percent sure” of what his decision will be.

Shurtleff — who won a third term as attorney general last year and isn’t up for re-election until 2012 — could represent a serious threat to Bennett because of his high name identification and his proven ability to campaign and raise money statewide. While Bennett isn’t considered vulnerable on his right flank, some Utah Republicans have said that the attorney general might gain traction if he runs on a strict anti-Washington message.

In recent months Shurtleff has criticized Bennett for being a key Republican voice in the passage of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout bill and the creation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program last October.

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TOPICS: Utah; Campaign News; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2010

1 posted on 05/09/2009 7:10:01 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Norman Bates; Impy; ExTexasRedhead; calcowgirl; Arizona Carolyn; ..

I hope Bennett loses. His support for the Wall Street bailout and amnesty for illegal aliens shows that he’s lost touch.


2 posted on 05/09/2009 7:11:36 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The McCain/Palin ticket was like a Kangaroo, stronger on the bottom than at the top)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Nothing to lose if he runs, and the state would gain from a good airing-out of the issues.


3 posted on 05/09/2009 7:39:03 AM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart.........Palin 2012, can't come soon enough.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

From the outside looking in it appears both Utah senators have lost touch with the GOP. When it comes to amnesty I am not certain if it is their own views changed or they are being pushed by their church which is very pro-immigration, they have a large recruiting contingent in Mexico.


4 posted on 05/09/2009 11:44:27 AM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Clintonfatigued; Arizona Carolyn; fieldmarshaldj

It looks to me that Shurtleff is running. I don’t think he’d delay an announcement that he’s not running.


5 posted on 05/09/2009 5:20:10 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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