Orrin Hatch To Retire, Opening Door For Romney Senate Bid

Update: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the official White House's statement on Hatch's retirement announcement at today's press briefing.

"The president has the greatest and deepest respect for Hatch and his four decades of leadership in the Senate," she said.

 

 

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After months of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation – and on the heels of the Republican victory on tax reform, and effort that he helped supervise and lead – Utah Senator and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said Tuesday that he will retire when his term ends at the end of this year. Hatch, who as the longest serving Republican member of the Senate also served as President Pro Tempore, had been expected to decide by the end of 2017.

 

 

His decision to step aside leaves an opening for former Massachusetts Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to run for Hatch's soon-to-be-vacant seat. Hatch was first elected to the senate in 1976 on a promise to campaign for legislative term limits.

Hatch had waffled on whether he would seek an eighth term or retire at the end of 2018. In recent weeks he appeared to be signaling that he would run for another term.

However, his involvement with the Trump tax plan recently made him the target of a scathingly sarcastic editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune that jokingly labeled him "Utahn of the Year." Hatch seemed to laugh off the editorial, a response that raised questions about whether he understood its contents.

As the SLT pointed out, three-quarters of Utahns don’t want him to run again, and, at 83, his age has raised questions about his ability to continue doing the job.

But his ability to coax President Trump to fly to Utah last month to praise Hatch even as the tax-reform battle was raging has earned him a newfound relevance in the contemporary Republican power structure.

Romney now has until March 15 to file to run for Hatch's seat.

 

Comments

Dilluminati DeadFred Tue, 01/02/2018 - 17:42 Permalink

What has me wondering is the coronation of MITT??  

By fucking whom??

For fucking why?

I heard it on the radio, read it at Drudge, and here: and I'm like the guy was a jerk in the last election supporting the Clinton Crime Family.  So I'm wondering who and why Mitt was elected by the media and insiders before a single ballot was cast? 

No matter who runs against MITT as a Republican I want that person instead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xd3kr-QpeM

Here is Mitt in his own words and I think Mitt is a cocksucker.

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Consuelo Dolar in a vortex Tue, 01/02/2018 - 15:17 Permalink

 

 

How about the good Mormons of Utah field a candidate who actually abides by their own principles of Free Agency - strangely enough, the same sort of Free Agency the progenitors of our nation's founding had in mind when they set up our form of government, as imperfect as it is.   You know, quite Libertarian in the true sense, rather than the same old 'conservative' (read: Warmongering Control Freaks), horse shit-on-a-stick these same fools keep voting for, election cycle after election cycle...

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Mr. Universe Consuelo Tue, 01/02/2018 - 16:34 Permalink

Here is an example of what is wrong with the Federal government today.

...for Hatch and his four decades of leadership in the Senate.

Four freaking decades? I don't have to even wonder if that kind of entrenchment leads to corruption.

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Angry White Guy Dolar in a vortex Tue, 01/02/2018 - 16:46 Permalink

Don't you people get it yet?  You're still in the BS narrative of cons vs libs.  You got the first part of the math right but you're not there completely yet.  YES - Romney = McCain...but the real equation is this....

 

Romney=McCain=Pelosi=Graham=Hatch=Obama=Bush .....it's not the two party system it is THE party system.

You are simply prolonging the misery and helping them out by believing there is some 'alternative'.

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BabaLooey SILVERGEDDON Tue, 01/02/2018 - 15:24 Permalink

Indeed.

SHITTENS ROMULAN...William Banzai will break out the Willard Art....the ONLY thing good if the Cayman Islands account bag holder runs in the Hive state....seeing WB lance and gash that bastard.........

 

Jesus H Brigham Joseph motherfucker...Utah.....

 

..............................no....................just................................no

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JRobby Theta_Burn Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:23 Permalink

Term Limits !!!!!!!!

Write letters to your legislators and everyone else you can demanding term limits (do so while listening to "Orin Hatch On Skis" on "Zappa-Guitar")

We need an overwhelming ground swell demanding term limits and a valid, authentic study clearly pointing out the increasing levels of bribery and corruption for each term a legislator is re-elected to.

THIS SHIT MUST END !!!!!!!!!

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ToSoft4Truth historian40 Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:32 Permalink

People want term limits "on the other candidate" but never theirs. 

 

Who doesn't remember New York's "Term Limits" and Bloomberg?

 

"He won a second term in 2005, and left the Republican Party two years later. Bloomberg campaigned to change the city's term limits law, and was elected to his third term in 2009 as an Independent candidate on the Republican ballot line"

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daneskold JRobby Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:45 Permalink

Implementing term limits on those subject to being voted out of office would not solve the problem.

 

The unelected bureaucracy would then become the effective ruling class, and those who would be voted king will instead implant themselves permanently from when they cannot be evicted, e.g., FBI second level schvanses.

 

Term limits on federal jobs at every level would be, and frankly are, necessary for survival of this failed experiment of republic American style.

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daneskold JRobby Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:49 Permalink

Implementing term limits on those subject to being voted out of office would not solve the problem.

 

The unelected bureaucracy would then become the effective ruling class, and those who would be voted king will instead implant themselves permanently from whence they cannot be evicted, e.g., FBI second level schvanses.

 

Term limits on federal jobs at every level would be, and frankly are, necessary for survival of this failed experiment of republic American style.

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daneskold daneskold Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:57 Permalink

And good riddance to Oren ("unclean" in Swedish).

Dear old dad was his apartment roommate in college.  OH vocalized narcissistic presidential aspirations even then.

My son sought a nomination to a military academy from Oren via Dad.  OH declined, but the other senator and a democrat congressman each nominated son, who graduated WP and now leads troops in SKorea.

Not enough that he won't run again.  He should resign now.

 

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Erek Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:20 Permalink

"Hatch was first elected to the senate in 1976 on a promise to campaign for legislative term limits"

I guess his idea of term limits corresponds to life expectancy.