Is the old Orrin Hatch back?
The Utah Republican Senator, who survived a tea party challenge last month by focusing on his conservatism and voting in lockstep with his party’s ideological right wing over the last two years, appears to be shifting back into deal-maker mode, according to an AP report Monday. But Hatch’s spokeswoman is disputing the story.
Regardless, though, the situation proves that old political adage: Elections have consequences.
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch may not follow in his one-time homestate colleague Bob Bennett’s footsteps after all.
The longtime Utah senator, who is trying to avoid losing, as Bennett did in 2010, at this month’s state GOP convention, released a poll Monday showing he’s in control when it comes to that convention vote. The data also suggests he might do something no one thought possible a few months ago: avoid a primary entirely.