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Salt Lake Trib: Hatch Named 'Utahn of Year' for 'Unquenchable Thirst for Power'

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By    |   Monday, 25 December 2017 09:49 PM

Utah's largest newspaper slammed Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in a Christmas editorial, calling on the longest-serving GOP senator in U.S. history to retire.

The Salt Lake Tribune's editorial board named Hatch their 2017 "Utahn of the Year," a designation the paper noted is given to someone who has "had the biggest impact. For good or for ill."

But the editorial board wrote in Hatch's case, he earned the title based on "his utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power."

"It would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career," the editorial board wrote. "If he doesn't, the voters should end it for him."

The Tribune went after Hatch for his involvement in President Donald Trump's decision to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, and for his role as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in passing a major overhaul of the nation's tax code.

The editorial criticizes Hatch for saying in 2012 it would be his last campaign, but now appears to be preparing to run again in 2018, which would be his eighth term.

"Once again, Hatch has moved to freeze the field to make it nigh unto impossible for any number of would-be senators to so much as mount a credible challenge," the editorial board wrote.

"That's not only not fair to all of those who were passed over. It is basically a theft from the Utah electorate."

A poll from last summer found that three-quarters of Utahns want Hatch to retire, The Hill reported at the time.

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