Hatch fires back at Salt Lake Tribune over blistering editorial

A US Senator accidentally tweeted an article asking that he not run for reelection

Taking the tweet at face value, Hatch seemingly didn't read the actual article - a scathing editorial, which called on the eight-term senator to retire when his term expires next year.

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has been named the Salt Lake Tribune's "Utahn of the Year", a designation the lawmaker has since called "a great Christmas honor".

"When President Obama designated the Bears Ears monument in December, he did so ignoring the voices of Utah leaders who were united in opposition, and even more importantly, ignoring the voices of the local Utahns most affected by this massive land grab", Hatch said in April, according to Desert News.

"Each of these actions stands to impact the lives of every Utahn, now and for years to come", the editorial claims.

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".

Quite similar to the yearly confusion surrounding the choosing process behind TIME magazine's Person of the Year, the Salt Lake City Tribune attempted to explain that being designated Utahn of the Year is not inherently positive. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) - a seven-term senator and current president pro tempore of the Senate - to not seek re-election in 2018.

Sen. Hatch may want to go back and read the Tribune's accompanying editorial 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".

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Since the election of President Donald Trump, Hatch's Senate seat has been the subject of swirling rumors suggesting a political comeback for former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"If only he had listened to his own advice", the Tribune then added.

During his decades in the Senate, Hatch has consistently voted with the right-most wing of the Republican Party on both social and economic issues.

Senate Finance Committee chairman speaks out on 'Special Report'. It was in those hearings that Anita Hill alleged that Thomas, while her boss at the Department of Education and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, had sexually harassed her. Hatch has since said that Thomas and his wife deserve an apology from Hill.

"You should not fall in love with D.C. Elected politicians shouldn't stay here too long".

Before it gets to that point, the Tribune's editorial board says it hopes that Hatch will resign.

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