Skip to comments.Sources: Rep. Jason Chaffetz will oppose Sen. Orrin Hatch
Posted on 06/01/2011 6:02:16 PM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is apparently telling associates he will run against Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2012
The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday in an above-the-fold A1 story that "five Utah politicos, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Chaffetz has told them directly in recent weeks that he will contend for the Republican (senate) nomination."
The story is attracting national attention, including pieces from Politico, MSNBC.com, UPI, and National Journal.
(Excerpt) Read more at deseretnews.com ...
I do wish that Orrin Hatch would retire. He’s done many good things in the past, but it’s time for him to leave. He’s been there too long.
Dittos. Way too many stay way too long.
I’ll contribute to Mr Chaffetz’s campaign.
The entire old guard needs to go.
Yup. He should accept a gold watch and pat on the back and not force us to forcibly remove him.
FINALLY! I finally get to vote for Jason!
I love Chaffetz. This is great news. I hope he retires too. If he doesn’t, Jason make sure it happens against his will.
Chaffetz was a Utah co-chairman for Michael Dukakis’s 1988 campaign for U.S. President. His father had previously been married to Dukakis’ wife, Kitty. Yep.
Jason Chaffetz, former campaign manager for, and later Chief of Staff to, that’s right, Jon Huntsman, Jr. Obomo’s ambassador to Red China.
Not that I don’t like what he’s done so far... but he’s no Mike Lee. Hard for me to trust Obomo/China Jon’s left hand man too far. Let’s keep him in the house of commons another term. Six years is too long to trust in advance to this guy at this critical juncture, IMO. I’d rather see Hatch for another six years, and Hatch needs to be retired ASAP.
“If he doesnt, Jason make sure it happens against his will.”
I’m sure he will, just ask Bennett. Hatch “I love Ted Kennedy” has got to go. So does much/most of the Utah State Legislature.
P.S. I’m not endorsing Chaffetz, I’ll wait until I see more of a record from him.
Hmmm... didn’t know that.
You have a source on that?
So, you dislike much/most of the state's-rights conservative majority of the legislature? What's your malfunction, and why the hell did you move to the most conservative state in the nation if you dislike the way it's governed? We locals love to hear that left coasta's are moving in, and hate the way we govern. Good God.
Old Orin Hatch who would have liked to change the Constitution so some day Arnold Schwartznagger could become President. Yes he needs to retire or be booted out.
Yep. Trust, but verify comes to mind. With his past associations and baggage, it's hard to know that he's going to be more reliable than ole assault-weapon ban Orrin. I guess I just despise professional politicians.
I don't. Orrin is one of the few reasonable ones up there and I like him. I want the good ones to stay as long as their voters want them up there. I have no idea who the challenger is so we'll see how that goes.
I’d rather see senators drawn from a hat with two year terms and no retirement benefits. I went to high school with Karl Rove. It’s Utah. Anything can happen.
And...You know a man by his friends. ( Ted Kennedy).
I don’t agree with any of that - but to each his own I suppose. I’ll keep supporting Jeff Sessions as my Senator as long as he wants the job.
Compared to what? it’s the U.S. Senate after all. :-) Compared to many of them up there Hatch is fine, decent and reasonable and nothing like Ted Kennedy.
I can remember when Orrin G. was the “conservative insurgent” for the Senate in 1976. After EMK winked at him, he was never the same again. UT though may not know that. Remember his silly outburst when he “begged” B. Clinton to “come clean” on Monica Lewinsky.
Early life, education and career
He attended Brigham Young University (BYU) on an athletic scholarship. He was the starting placekicker on the BYU football team in 1988 and 1989, and still holds the BYU individual records for most extra points attempted in a game (10), most extra points made in a game (10), and most consecutive extra points made in a game (10).
While at BYU, Chaffetz became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from BYU with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
Chaffetz grew up a Democrat. While a student at BYU, he was a Utah co-chairman for Michael Dukakis’s 1988 campaign for U.S. President. His father had previously been married to Dukakis’ wife, Kitty, and his half-brother is former actor John Dukakis.
According to J. J. Goldberg of The Jewish Daily Forward Chaffetz was raised as a Jew: “He was born and raised Jewish but converted to Mormonism as an undergrad on a football scholarship at Brigham Young University, where he was a place-kicker (reportedly having converted from high school soccer to college football). He is incorrectly described in many places on the Web as the son of Kitty Dukakis with her first husband, author John Chaffetz, before she married the Massachusetts ex-governor, but thats not true. Jason is the child of John Chaffetzs second marriage, after John and Kitty were divorced.”
He became a Republican after meeting Ronald Reagan in 1990, when Reagan came to Chaffetz’s employer, Nu Skin, a multi-level marketing company based in Provo, Utah, as a motivational speaker. However, his political views had been drifting more to the right even while working for Dukakis.
After college, Chaffetz joined the local business community. His work included being a spokesman for Nu Skin International
I would rather take a chance on new blood with Chaffetz than allow Hatch six more years. Both he and his evil twin Dick (aptly named) Lugar need to be gone next year. Thirty-four year in the Senate is far too long. Anything good either of them may have done was years ago. At 76, they both need to go home for good!!! Just hope there’s a good candidate to run against Lugar as well.
Orrin has given that “I’m really angry about being lied to THIS time” speech one too many times.
He’s never been a voting maverick of the Snowe/Collins school; he almost always votes the right way. It’s just that he is far, far too willing to accept Democrats at their word and to attempt to bargain with them in good faith, in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
Actually a large number of Utah conservatives are upset with the current legislature’s actions towards GRAMA, sanctuary of Illegal immigrants, and big spending budgeting. Not to mention the judiciary corruption a la Deb Brown. I don’t care how you feel as a “local.” Pass.
You know a man by the friends he keeps.
And...His letters to his constituents regarding Obama’s eligibility were and are INSULTING!
Hatch is polished pond scum.
Good news. Hatch stayed WAY beyond his expiration date.
Too bad he can’t run against Bennett.
Between Chaffetz and the pencil-necked geek there is an easy choice.
Hatch has been heartsick since the death of his good friend Teddy.
Thanks for the excerpt. That stuff doesn’t really bother me. He was a young college student, raised in a house full of Democrats. I think his politics were understandable.
The good news is that his head was turned by Ronald Reagan. That means he thinks for himself.
I like what I’ve seen of him so far. I agree with what other posters have said: “Trust, but verify.”
Orrin has been crappy since Reagan left office. He was a great one before that. Just like McCain.
saw Mr Chaffetz on the Fox News Channel.
he seems the rock ribbed conservative that Hatch, ain’t.
Good luck to him.
"Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) could be facing a challenge from his right as he vies for re-election, but he has some new ammunition to vouch for his conservative credentials. The American Conservative Union recently released its 2010 Senate ratings, and Hatch scored a perfect 100 over the last year, just one of 12 senators to receive a perfect score. Other senators who had an unblemished voting record include conservative stalwarts like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)"
Now we know why Chaffetz is on all the talk shows.
I hope he succeeds in replacing Hatch, whose case of “Potomac fever” is right up there with McCain’s.
Having a usurper in the White House is NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT a minor flaw.
Orrin was INSULTING about the entire issue. His talking points came straight from the DNC. SHAME SHAME SHAME on him!!!!
....and he was friends with Ted Kennedy. OK. So what?
Character makes **ALL** the difference!
If true tyranny comes to our nation, Orrin Hatch, and those like him ( the “Weenies”) will spit shine the jack boots crushing our necks.
And....If a person will NOT defend Article 2, Section 1, of the Constitution he **absolutely** will NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT stand up to tyranny when all of the Constitution is shredded.
I don't know if you are posting from Orrin's office. If you are, I have a suggestion for Orrin.
If he expects to have any hope of winning a place on the primary ticket, or winning a primary, I should do a Donald Trump. He should plainly and emphatically demand that Obama PROVE with certifiable evidence that he is a citizen and a natural born citizen!
Do that and he will win.
I should do a Donald Trump.
That should read: **Orrin** should do a Donald Trump!
“The entire old guard needs to go.”
IMO, that is the only way the Republican Party will survive and thrive.
That's a very, very low standard and Utah can do a lot better.
One of Hatch's biggest problems is that he's an ankle-grabber: he'll talk tough sometimes but eventually he'll give in and let the liberals have their way with him. It's not for nothing his office motto is:
Don't count your Hatches until they chicken!
Chaffetz would be great and be more representative of the people of Utah. Hatch has been there too long. He is part of the problem.
Hatch was way too comfy around Teddy K. Never liked that. Maybe you did...but I couldn't stomach it.
I was a Democrat in college. Reagan was a Democrat. I don't hold it again Chaffetz who has turned out to be one of the most conservative members of Congress--a lifetime ACU 100 rating.
We have term limits already. They are called elections.