In 2012, FreedomWorks named as it’s first target another Utah Republican, six-term Sen. Orrin G. Hatch. “The state of Utah is far more fiscally conservative than Orrin Hatch is,” said Russ Walker, vice president of political and grass-roots campaigns for FreedomWorks PAC. “It’s an opportunity to pick up a seat, it’s an opportunity to find somebody who is better.” But unlike in 2010, the group came up short in the primary, while making a powerful enemy in the process. “I don’t have any respect for FreedomWorks,” Hatch, who won reelection, said in an interview with Fox News.
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