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Sen. Orrin Hatch on the politics of tax reform push
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Utah sen. Orrin Hatch has proposed to return to his state’s largest newspaper Tuesday, after a devastating Christmas delivery editorial calling for his retirement.
The editorial in The ” Salt Lake Tribune tries to explain why the newspaper had called the longtime Republican senator “Utahn of the year.”
It was not meant as a compliment.
Rather, the editors, which resulted in the selection of the role played by “demo days” for two national monuments with the trump administration, his role in the writing of the tax code overhaul; and its “utter lack of integrity, rises to the power of his unquenchable thirst for.”
To make the last line seemed a nerve with Luke’s office.
“Everyone celebrates Christmas differently. We all very much hope that the members of the Salt Lake Tribune editorial board find joy this holiday season into something to attack beyond groundless, the service and the integrity of someone who said 40 years for people in Utah, and served as one of the most effective legislator of all time, just for the satisfaction of their insatiable thirst for clicks,” Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock, in a statement.
Luke was also in the stands on Christmas day, with a dry, silly tweets, thanked the newspaper for “the great Christmas honor.”
Grateful for this awesome Christmas-in honor of the Salt Lake Tribune. For the record, I voted for @SpencerJCox and @rudygobert27. #utpol pic.twitter.com/7iFOBK6TWf
— Orrin Hatch (@OrrinHatch) 25. December 2017
Luke spokesman confirmed – that was sarcasm.
The senator was in the spotlight lately, not only for his role in the controversial national monument decision and control-passage, but for reported efforts by President Trump to convince him to an eighth term – and, in turn, block 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney of seeking the seat.
It was on this background that the Tribune is trying to shame the 83-year-old Deputy from the Congress.
“Over the years, Luke stared down a generation or two of highly-qualified political leaders, who were fully qualified to take his place … Once again, the hatch was drawn up, freeze the field, it is close to impossible for any number of would-be senators, so much as mount a credible challenge. Not only is that not fair, all those who were passing. It is basically a theft from the Utah voters,” the editorial said. “It would be good for Utah, if Luke, after he had finally caught the Great White whale of tax reform, to call it a career. If the voters do not, in the end for him.”
Mike Emanuel currently serves as chief congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined FNC in 1997 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.