There’s a very interesting fight going on in Utah, where Sen. Orrin Hatch is in the fight of his life trying to get reelected for a 7th time against a bunch of Tea Party candidates challenging him in the primary. Dick Armey’s group FreedomWorks is spending a lot of money against him. And Hatch is hopping mad about it:
“These people are not conservatives. They’re not Republicans,” Hatch angrily responds. “They’re radical libertarians and I’m doggone offended by it.”
Then Hatch, a former boxer, turns combative. “I despise these people, and I’m not the guy you come in and dump on without getting punched in the mouth.” …
Utah Republican Orrin Hatch has spent 36 years in the U.S. Senate, including stints as chairman of the Judiciary and Labor committees. He’s in line to become chairman of the Finance Committee if Republicans gain control of the Senate in November.
But back home in Utah, Hatch’s quest for a seventh term is not the cakewalk he had in the last five elections, in which he didn’t even have to run in primaries.
In fact, the Hatch campaign has spent more than $5.7 million in the past 15 months just to make sure he’ll survive the Utah Republican nominating convention on April 21.
“We’ve got to have new leaders in Washington if we’re going to change the direction of this country,” says Dan Liljenquist, a former Utah state senator and business consultant, considered the biggest threat to Hatch among nine GOP challengers.
Imagine how far to the right you have to be to think Orrin Hatch is not conservative enough.