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Utah Editor on Orrin Hatch: 'We Think He's Had His Time'

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2017 03:35 PM

The editorial page editor of The Salt Lake Tribune said Tuesday that the newspaper wrote a scathing editorial calling for longtime Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire because "we think he's had his time."

"He said six years ago that then would be his last run, that he would not seek another term after that one," George Pyle told Don Lemon on CNN. "We endorsed him at that time largely based on that promise, that he wanted one more shot at tax reform.

"He came in with Jimmy Carter," Pyle added. "He's been in the Senate longer than most Utahans have been alive.

"We're particularly disappointed in the fact that six years ago he made it pretty clear that this would be his last hoorah."

The Tribune, Utah's largest newspaper, on Monday designated Hatch, 83, the nation's longest-serving Republican senator in history, its "Utahn of the Year" for 2017.

The title is bestowed to someone who has "had the biggest impact. For good or for ill."

In Hatch's case, however, the editorial noted that he earned the title because of his "utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power."

Matt Whitlock, a Hatch spokesman, took to Twitter Tuesday in response:

Pyle told Lemon of Hatch: "We think he's had his time," adding that they disagreed with several of his positions taken during this Congress.

"We think that his role in rolling back the national monuments so significantly was not something we favored," he added. "We also think that he's kind of lost his moorings to some degree.

"He used to be reliable vote in favor of the Dream Act, helping children who had come here illegally as children to find a legal way to stay here.

"He was behind the Children's Health Insurance Program with his old friend Ted Kennedy.

"He says he's going to try to restore that after its funding expired — but he also spent most of his time talking about how we don't have any money because all of those trillions of dollars we spent."

Pyle also dismissed Whitlock's response, telling Lemon that the tweets "don't address the points of the editorial.

"They don't even try and refute the fact that our point is he's been there too long and he told us this would be his last term — and now he's reneging on that.

"We think that speaks poorly of him — and it doesn't help the state of Utah."

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