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Chaffetz Won’t Challenge Hatch

Chaffetz Won’t Challenge Hatch

Aug 22, 2011

Disappointing many Tea-Party activists and others frustrated with Senator Orrin Hatch, Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced today he will not run against Senator Hatch.

Instead, he will seek re-election of his House seat.

Chaffetz said,

“If I were to run an interparty battle it would be a multimillion-dollar bloodbath. I don’t think that’s necessarily in my best interests. I don’t think it’s in the best interest of our party, the nation or our state.”

This was disheartening news to his supporters, who were almost certain he would challenge Hatch, based on comments made a few months ago.

Senator Hatch, a six-term incumbent, has recently come under fire for unpopular votes, including his support of the 2008 stimulus packages.

Polling data showed Chaffetz to be Hatch’s strongest potential challenger.

But as Chaffetz said,

“I could spend the next 15 months campaigning to do Senator Hatch’s job, or I could spend those 15 months doing the job I was elected to do. I think my chances were very, very good at beating Senator Hatch. We’ll never know for sure because I’m going to focus on the House.”

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