Skip to comments.GOP Establishment Signals Primary Fight Against Tea Party Favorite Mike Lee
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 dont 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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Orren, Orren, we used to love thee. Where have your principles gone?
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.
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.
He sounds worse than McLame to me. FUOH
Jeez, I hope the people who endorsed Hatch and saved his butt from being primaried will take a lesson from this.
Should have gotten rid of that old RINO bastard years ago.
well, he was buddies with Ted K...
THE GOP IS MORE OF MY ENEMY THAN DEMOCRATS.
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.
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.
Flush the RINO turds.
I am still reeling from the night TGO endorsed this POS! Thank Goodness TGO has seen the error of his ways!!
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!
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
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!
On the bright side we have two elections to sink a GOP-E RINO.
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.
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.
Who knows what might have happened with a little more support. Still, he was forced into a primary run-off for the first time.
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 Rinos.
I cant/wont give 20 groups $100 each.
But, I could/would give a more focused Tea Party $500.
Meanwhile, I deal direct with the true Conservatives.
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.
Hatch has certainly tacked to the left after his recent reerection.
Next time someone says we should vote for a RINO because they are “better than Democrats”... just punch them.
The guys fragging our tents are the enemy, even if they wear our uniform
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.
I heard it too. I knew he was wrong....something he must regret now.
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.
Ann Coulter comes to mind.
TGO = the great outdoors ..... ?
the great one
The Tea Party needs to run an ad campaign against the likes of senile Hatch.
“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!
......... 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.
Spencer Zwick, a Utah resident who was a key member of Mitt Romneys 2012 presidential campaigns leadership team
That is all you need to know about him.
A real rino...with credentials to prove it.
I agree with you. Either we ARE the Republican party, or we need to END the Republican party.
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.
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.
I think some of the teaparty candidates that get voted in will turn out to be RINOs also.
The GOPe has fail written all over it. The sooner Conservatives dump it for Sarah’s Freedom Party the better.
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.
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.
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.
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 dont 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."
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.