FreedomWorks: Fight Against Orrin Hatch, For Tea Party Senate Goes On
By John Celock | HuffPost | 03/23/2012 4:15 pm
WASHINGTON – “A Tea Party group, under fire for its work in the Utah Republican Senate caucuses last week, is pledging to continue fighting to oust Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and to play a role in other Senate races.
Washington-based FreedomWorks for America said that it plans to press on with the effort to replace Hatch with former Utah state Sen. Dan Liljenquist (R), while also helping Tea Party candidates win U.S. Senate nominations in Indiana, Texas and Nebraska, among other states.
The group remains optimistic despite reports in Utah that FreedomWorks' strong support for Liljenquist backfired and helped Hatch. Under Utah's election rules, last week's Republican precinct caucuses elected 4,000 delegates to attend next month's state GOP convention, which will pick either one Senate nominee or two candidates to face off in a June primary. Hatch, the incumbent, is competing against Liljenquist and state Rep. Chris Herrod for the nomination.
In 2010, the state convention denied then-Sen. Bob Bennett a chance to run for reelection in the primary. Since Bennett's surprise loss, Hatch and his foes have been aggressively maneuvering to capture this year's convention, including seeking to elect their own delegates at the caucuses.
While not all the delegates have revealed which way they lean, both sides are claiming victory. Russ Walker, FreedomWorks' executive director, said that Liljenquist and Hatch each won 30 percent of the delegates, with the rest of the seats belonging to uncommitted delegates. Dave Hansen, Hatch's campaign manager, said the senator had the lead among delegates following the caucuses.
Walker and Hecker both said the record turnout, estimated to be as high as 200,000, contributed to the caucuses' split result and vowed that FreedomWorks would continue pushing to oust Hatch. They said the group would reach out to the convention delegates to discuss Liljenquist's and Hatch's records.
Hansen described a similar campaign by Hatch, noting that the senator will be spending the next four weeks in Utah meeting with delegates and attending delegate events and county GOP conventions to tout his Senate record. He said Hatch is not concerned about FreedomWorks' continued involvement.
"Their efforts in the pre-caucuses failed miserably," Hansen said. "People in Utah don't like their slash-and-burn attacks."
Hecker stressed that the group's work is focused not just on winning these particular races, but on building a national policy movement for conservatives. One goal of that movement is to elect a conservative-controlled Republican Senate majority.”
It appears that one of the most strident, intimidating arms of the tpublican bag party, who rattled through Congress trying to bring down our government and threatening fellow republicans with actively seeking their seats in subsequent elections if they didn’t follow orders, has been trying for a foothold in various sections of the country, with bad results so far.
Indeed, if the “new republicans” are up for re-election, they may find themselves on permanent vacation. themselves instead of trying to oust other republicans that do not espouse their activist, violent cause. Trying to depose Orrin Hatch, an accomplished, seasoned incumbent whose primary cause for their concern is that Hatch prefers to think for himself and therefore prefers not to be given orders or be forced out by his brethren.
Some radical activists, masquerading as republicans, kick their elderly to the curb, and eat their young.