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A while back, FreedomWorks PAC rolled out a "Retire Hatch" campaign, taking the opportunity to highlight his weak fiscal record, claiming that Utah can do better - 36 years of Orrin Hatch is just too much. Last year FreedomWorks PAC took on Bob Bennett and now Utah has a rock solid Senator in his place - Senator Mike Lee has been a limited government warrior.
Today, conservative commentator Michelle Malkin announced her opposition to Hatch's reelection, outlining her reasons:
Orrin Hatch is the antithesis of the Tea Party spirit. He is a mascot for big-spending Beltway entrenched incumbency who has consistently joined hands with destructive Democrats.
He co-sponsored the $6 billion national service boondoggle and dedicated it to his good friend Teddy Kennedy, with whom he also joined hands to create the ever-expanding SCHIP entitlement.
He supported tax cheat Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner from day one, lavished praise on Joe Biden’s balls, and embraced and defended Attorney General Eric Holder’s nomination because, he said, “I like Barack Obama and I want to help him if I can.”
How do real Tea Party people feel about Tea Party pretender Orrin Hatch?
The same way they feel about his former big-spending entrenched incumbent in Utah — former Sen. Bob Bennett — who got the boot in May.
In the words of Stephen Kruiser, Orrin Hatch was John McCain before John McCain was John McCain. He is not what this movement is fighting for, and Utah is so much more fiscally conservative than this.