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GOP Establishment Signals Primary Fight Against Tea Party Favorite Mike Lee
Breitbart ^ | 10/25/2013 | Michael Patrick Leahy

Posted on 10/26/2013 9:26:57 AM PDT by Viennacon

Tuesday, 79-year old Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), now serving his seventh term in the Senate, signaled that he and other members of the Republican establishment are likely to encourage a primary challenge to first term Senator Mike Lee (R-UT).

Lee upset former Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) in the 2010 Utah Republican primary convention in the Tea Party's first major primary win over a Republican establishment politician.

Hatch told the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio that "[i]t's time now... for Lee and other tea party Republicans to be 'rehabilitated' for refusing to pass a budget bill needed to keep the government operating unless money for the act better known as Obamacare was removed."

Hatch pointedly refused to endorse Lee for re-election to the Senate in 2016. "I'm not going to get into endorsements at this point in any way," he said. "The tactics were not the right tactics. It takes experience sometimes to make sure you can use the right tactics," he stated.

Former Utah Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has also joined the establishment crowd attacking Lee. The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Huntsman "said Lee has bucked a trend of senators who work to grow this small state in a way that makes people proud." According to Huntsman, in Utah "[y]ou don’t have ideological wack-jobs... For all of its labeling as a red state, underneath it all Utah is a pretty pragmatic Western state, a just-get-it-done ethos.”

Spencer Zwick, a Utah resident who was a key member of Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign's leadership team, also criticized Lee. "Business leaders that I talk to, many of whom supported him, would never support his reelection and in fact will work against him, myself included," Zwick told the Post. According to Zwick, Lee is just a "showhorse."

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: 2016; gaymarriage; jonhuntsman; libertarians; medicalmarijuana; mikelee; orrinhatch; randpaul; robertbennett; ronpaul; senate; spencerzwick; utah
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Hatch has gone FULL McLame. He must be stopped.
1 posted on 10/26/2013 9:26:57 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

Orren, Orren, we used to love thee. Where have your principles gone?


2 posted on 10/26/2013 9:29:06 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Viennacon
THE GOP IS MORE OF MY ENEMY THAN DEMOCRATS.

FUGOP

3 posted on 10/26/2013 9:29:57 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Viennacon

Duh. Too late. There was a chance to get rid of Hatch. But, ‘others’ supported him instead. Hatch is good for amnesty and supporting bailouts.


4 posted on 10/26/2013 9:30:10 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: Viennacon
The Whigs will lose.

/johnny

5 posted on 10/26/2013 9:32:00 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Viennacon

Hatch is 79? I guess his age and all those years of hanging around with his drinking buddy Teddy haven’t been kind to Orrin.
He’s become a babbling idiot.


6 posted on 10/26/2013 9:35:12 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Viennacon

He sounds worse than McLame to me. FUOH


7 posted on 10/26/2013 9:35:56 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Viennacon

Jeez, I hope the people who endorsed Hatch and saved his butt from being primaried will take a lesson from this.


8 posted on 10/26/2013 9:35:59 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: Viennacon

Should have gotten rid of that old RINO bastard years ago.


9 posted on 10/26/2013 9:36:24 AM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Where have your principles gone?

well, he was buddies with Ted K...

10 posted on 10/26/2013 9:37:16 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Lazamataz

THE GOP IS MORE OF MY ENEMY THAN DEMOCRATS.

FUGOP


Exactly.

It is much more important to put Cruz and Lee in their place than it is to save the country from tyranny, economic collapse and whatever obumbler has in mind for us.

So many libs say that the dims won in the fight over defunding obumbler care.

Wrong.

The republican-e won. They beat Cruz and Lee and all of the other good conservatives.

But a battle does not win or lose the war.

Just look at Cornwallis’s win at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.

And the outcome for Grant was similar.


11 posted on 10/26/2013 9:38:27 AM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Viennacon

Flush the RINO turds.


12 posted on 10/26/2013 9:40:02 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: smokingfrog

I am still reeling from the night TGO endorsed this POS! Thank Goodness TGO has seen the error of his ways!!


13 posted on 10/26/2013 9:40:27 AM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: Viennacon

I’m no longer certain just voting can save this place but we’d damn well better try. The alternative will be quite grim, whatever the outcome!

All Politics is Local!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk1bGBY3BcE


14 posted on 10/26/2013 9:41:01 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: latina4dubya

if its a fight for the party they want then by god a fight they will get. I am more politically motivated now as I have ever been


15 posted on 10/26/2013 9:41:02 AM PDT by jneesy (rough seas make skillful sailors)
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To: Viennacon
"I'm not going to get into endorsements at this point in any way," [Hatch] said. "The tactics were not the right tactics. It takes experience sometimes to make sure you can use the right tactics," he stated.

And YOUR preferred tactics of "experience", Orrin, have accomplished exactly...what???

You might claim that you have yet to surrender. But that is because you have yet to even fight!

16 posted on 10/26/2013 9:45:10 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Viennacon

On the bright side we have two elections to sink a GOP-E RINO.


17 posted on 10/26/2013 9:46:31 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Viennacon
Many years ago I was told - by a well-connected Democrat - that Orrin Hatch was a nasty little prick who shouldn't be trusted by anyone. I dismissed this then, but over time I'd come to accept that there was some truth to it; about two weeks ago, Hatch's fully-realized "Dorian Gray" portrait was revealed. The gent who told me this is unfortunately no longer here to say, "I told you so."

Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and a handful of statesmen (as well as "stateswomen") did the unthinkable and - apparently - unforgivable: they showed the world who the Republican establishment really is. When people like my mother keep their money and stop volunteering any time or effort (she is DONE with them, BTW), the GOP need not be surprised. They used her and laughed.

The laughing will stop in 2014, and I suspect it is becoming a bit forced even now.

Mr. niteowl77

18 posted on 10/26/2013 9:52:00 AM PDT by niteowl77 ("What scares me is knowing that John McCain is not the actual bottom of the GOP barrel.")
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To: Viennacon

Spencer Zwick, a Utah resident who was a key member of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign’s leadership team

How many of these worms are there?? They keep poking their heads up, along with the idiots from mccains campaign.
I for one am thankful they are exposing themselves. They severely underestimate the level of engagement of we the people, big time.


19 posted on 10/26/2013 9:53:00 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: MagUSNRET
Palin endorsed him too.

Who knows what might have happened with a little more support. Still, he was forced into a primary run-off for the first time.

Sen. Orrin Hatch survives tea party primary challenge: how he did it

20 posted on 10/26/2013 9:54:33 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Viennacon

Time to consolidate the Tea Party groups, to be more focused and effective.

I get e-mail & snail-mail from about 20 different Tea Party Groups.

We need to join forces, trim overhead and target some Rino’s.

I can’t/won’t give 20 groups $100 each.

But, I could/would give a more focused Tea Party $500.

Meanwhile, I deal direct with the true Conservatives.


21 posted on 10/26/2013 9:54:43 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Viennacon
Well that settles it. A sizable campaign contribution will be going out to Sen. Mike Lee from this Texan with my thanks for his courageous stand against ObamaCare. I have great respect for Sen. Lee.

The cowardly Orrin Hatch, Jon Huntsman and their ilk are foolish to ignore the tsunami of support for Sen. Lee and Sen. Cruz among millions of Americans. We will not forget their treachery.

22 posted on 10/26/2013 9:55:07 AM PDT by Unmarked Package
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To: Viennacon
The GOPe truly has a death wish. They need to get out of DC and do a reality check. Do they think joining the media will get them love and reelection? They are in a death spiral, yelling "more libs, down with conservatives".

vaudine

23 posted on 10/26/2013 9:56:48 AM PDT by vaudine
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To: Viennacon

Hatch has certainly tacked to the left after his recent reerection.


24 posted on 10/26/2013 9:56:48 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Viennacon
Juan and Linda announce the terms of the Senate GOP surrender.
25 posted on 10/26/2013 9:58:11 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: holdonnow

PING!!!


26 posted on 10/26/2013 10:00:02 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Viennacon

Next time someone says we should vote for a RINO because they are “better than Democrats”... just punch them.


27 posted on 10/26/2013 10:01:55 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Lazamataz

The guys fragging our tents are the enemy, even if they wear our uniform


28 posted on 10/26/2013 10:02:45 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Viennacon

Tea Party Republicans should vow to run independently to split the vote denying these idiots victories. That is if an rino can beat a person who went to Washington and did what he said he would do.


29 posted on 10/26/2013 10:02:54 AM PDT by Yogafist
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To: MagUSNRET

I heard it too. I knew he was wrong....something he must regret now.


30 posted on 10/26/2013 10:06:46 AM PDT by jch10 ("Normandy was closed when we got there too!")
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To: afraidfortherepublic
we used to love thee

When was that? 1976?

This little initiative is DOA. Hatch is basically gone, he only wins by staying quiet. Once he starts making noise, that's it...he's outed himself.

Lee is the future, and there ain't nothin' that North Temple can do about it.

31 posted on 10/26/2013 10:11:22 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: GeronL
Next time someone says we should vote for a RINO because they are “better than Democrats”... just punch them.

Ann Coulter comes to mind.

32 posted on 10/26/2013 10:11:58 AM PDT by EricT. (Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Big brother is watching you.)
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To: MagUSNRET

TGO = the great outdoors ..... ?


33 posted on 10/26/2013 10:12:40 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (WWLD? What would LaRussa do?)
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To: MagUSNRET

the great one

got it


34 posted on 10/26/2013 10:13:37 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (WWLD? What would LaRussa do?)
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To: Viennacon

The Tea Party needs to run an ad campaign against the likes of senile Hatch.


35 posted on 10/26/2013 10:15:01 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: glock rocks; Utah Binger; Excuse_My_Bellicosity; Artcore; Pete-R-Bilt; Owen; hal ogen; Viennacon

“Thomas Wright, who stepped down this spring as chairman of the Utah Republican Party,” is the one looking to challenge Mike Lee.

He’s the guy Hatch and Huntsman will be supporting.

What do you all know about him?

Mike Lee had better win his reelection.

This is WAR!


36 posted on 10/26/2013 10:15:38 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Viennacon
"GOP Establishment Signals Primary Fight Against Tea Party Favorite Mike Lee..."

......... Since the Tea Party is basically the last bastion of hope for the survival of the U.S. Constitution ....... When ever I see or hear a statement such as the one shown above .... I replace the words "Tea Party" with the word "Constitution" and the truth of what is happening is revealed. Next time you see or hear a statement about the Tea Party ... try that process and the truth of a person's political agenda will be revealed.

37 posted on 10/26/2013 10:16:38 AM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

Spencer Zwick, a Utah resident who was a key member of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign’s leadership team


That is all you need to know about him.

A real rino...with credentials to prove it.


38 posted on 10/26/2013 10:18:44 AM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Yogafist
Tea Party Republicans should vow to run independently to split the vote denying these idiots victories.

I agree with you. Either we ARE the Republican party, or we need to END the Republican party.

39 posted on 10/26/2013 10:19:38 AM PDT by Defiant (GOPe Strategy: We have to fund Obamacare in order to see how bad it is. Good idea, guys!)
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40 posted on 10/26/2013 10:20:19 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: EricT.

Not that I’d punch a chick.

But she needs to wake the hell up about a party winning power if they do nothing of value.


41 posted on 10/26/2013 10:21:51 AM PDT by EricT. (Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Big brother is watching you.)
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To: onyx
I'm in UT and I'm with you. RINOs must be identified and thrown out! RINOs are the front line invaders of the LIB/DIM mental-mutants. Liberalism in all its insidious forms is mental illness.
42 posted on 10/26/2013 10:27:10 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

Do you think Mike Lee will survive his reelection?

Orin Hatch and Jon Huntsman are going to mount a campaign against him, and promote this this “Thomas Wright,” the former UTAH, GOP chairman.


43 posted on 10/26/2013 10:32:47 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Viennacon

I think some of the teaparty candidates that get voted in will turn out to be RINOs also.


44 posted on 10/26/2013 10:42:18 AM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: Viennacon

The GOPe has fail written all over it. The sooner Conservatives dump it for Sarah’s Freedom Party the better.


45 posted on 10/26/2013 10:46:42 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: onyx

Time will tell. I hope so. Even UT suffers from the infestation of some LIBs/DIMs and RINOs. There is no escape from them, apparently. However, many people are energized for Senator Lee. They realize that the “business as usual” degenerates are the enemy of Freedom.


46 posted on 10/26/2013 10:47:38 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

Thanks so much for telling me.

Come 2015, we’ll make sure Mike Lee has plenty of money to fight those dirty, rotten, traitors.

Orin Hatch should have been put out to pasture.


47 posted on 10/26/2013 10:51:20 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

Never cared much for that chicken, Hatch. He has been a rino for years. He was a liberal back in the 70s and his stance has not changed other than to become more liberal No more rinos, elites or false candidates such as the rube. If they must walk thru fire to prove themselves, we’ve plenty of matches and kindling.


48 posted on 10/26/2013 11:32:21 AM PDT by V K Lee
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Former Utah Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has also joined the establishment crowd attacking Lee. The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Huntsman "said Lee has bucked a trend of senators who work to grow this small state in a way that makes people proud." According to Huntsman, in Utah "[y]ou don’t have ideological wack-jobs... For all of its labeling as a red state, underneath it all Utah is a pretty pragmatic Western state, a just-get-it-done ethos."

49 posted on 10/26/2013 12:00:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Viennacon

this is a pretty bizarre discussion to be having now...2016 is two election cycles from now...Hatch announcing he won’t endorse, we may need a primary challenge, etc. Pretty absurd.


50 posted on 10/26/2013 1:14:41 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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