Skip to comments.Jason Chaffetz is out, but Orrin Hatch isn't in the clear
Posted on 08/23/2011 12:19:12 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
After publicly dangling the prospect for months, GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz was set to announce Monday he wont challenge Sen. Orrin Hatch next year, removing a menacing threat to the six-term senators reelection prospects.
Chaffetz told POLITICO he decided a costly, high-profile Senate campaign would detract from his policy goals namely curtailing government spending and helping return the country to a fiscally sustainable path.
I can spend the next 15 months campaigning to do Orrin Hatchs job, or I can just do my job, Chaffetz said. There comes a point and a question: Do you want to spend all your time campaigning in a multimillion-dollar blood bath or do your job and be successful? Ultimately, I think thats a path that makes the most sense for me.
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Why would we want to replace Chaffetz?
Honestly, I think we’re stuck with Hatch.
I can spend the next 15 months campaigning to do Orrin Hatchs job, or I can just do my job, Chaffetz said. There comes a point and a question: Do you want to spend all your time campaigning in a multimillion-dollar blood bath or do your job and be successful?”
I wish all there other career politicians would have the same attitude. There was a time when there was a political price to be paid when a candidate ran a campaign from office, then just went back to business-as-usual in that office if he lost his race for the higher office.
Because Greaterswiss: hasn’t done it’s homework or is on some other agenda. Chaffetz replaced Cannon in a Primary, Cannon then went to the Congressional floor and signed on for impeachment of Bush. Chaffetz is a very principled guy and had told Hatch he would not run against him (although many Utahans would support him and he would beat Hatch) Imagine - a politician who keeps his word. He was sleeping in his office because he didn’t need a house or apartment. So tread carefully on blown out opinions without substantiating information. Just IMHO