2014. The Tea Party is coming for RINO Graham.
I’m pretty darn psyched today. I watched on Twitter as the delegates at the Utah Convention voted to deny Orrin Hatch a walk as he sought a 7th term as Senator. ORRIN FREAKIN’ HATCH! And as I watched I pondered how we here in South Carolina will be doing our duty for our country in 2014 by ridding the Senate of the aisle-crossing, Sotomayer and Kagen voting, tea party denying Lindsey Graham. Here’s Josh Loftin’s report at AP:
Utah Republicans denied U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch a clear path to a seventh and final term Saturday, forcing the 78-year-old lawmaker into a June primary with 37-year-old former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist. Hatch fell short of the nomination by fewer than 50 votes from the nearly 4,000 delegates at the party convention.
Despite the setback, Hatch holds a significant fundraising edge in what has become the stiffest challenge since his election to the Senate in 1976. The eventual Republican nominee will be the heavy favorite in November because of the GOP dominance in Utah.
Hatch urged that delegates endorse him so he can help repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and potentially lead the powerful Senate Finance Committee if Republicans regain control of the chamber in the November vote.
Hatch and Liljenquist advanced from the first round at the convention after Hatch got 57 percent of the vote and his challenger took 28 percent. In the second round, the incumbent earned 59.2 percent of the vote, just short of the 60 percent needed for the outright nomination. As a result, they will face each other in the June 26 primary.
Hatch told delegates before the final vote that experience can make all the difference in getting conservative priorities passed. “It will be my last six years in the U.S. Senate, but they’ll be the best six years and the most critical six years of all,” he said.
Liljenquis took issue with Hatch’s assertion that his seniority was such a critical asset. He noted that Hatch had used a similar argument in previous elections and that the GOP would still be in good hands without Hatch’s influence because Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho was next in line for serve as the next Finance Committee chairman if the Senate changes hands.
“No one senator is too big to fail,” Liljenquist said.
So, according to Hatch THIS TIME he’ll REALLY do a great job.
Thank you Utah for all your hard work on this. We have seen how Mike Lee, who you sent to DC last time has been a warrior for liberty. We will work equally hard in 2014 to take care of our own RINO problem.