A local newspaper in Utah went on to slam the Senator Orrin Hatch in their Christmas special editorial, as it urged the Senior GOP Senator to step down and retire.
According to the newspaper, ‘Salt Lake Tribune’s’ Editorial board went on to name the Senator ‘Utahan of the Year 2017’. As per the newspaper, this is a title which is given to a person who impacts the society the most, be it for good reasons or bad.
The newspaper further said that Hatch is deserving of the title, because of “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 read. “If he doesn’t, the voters should end it for him.”
The Tribune targeted Hatch for his involvement in the President Trump’s action to reduce down the national monuments in Utah and went on to exclaim that the decision had “no constitutional, legal or environmental logic” behind the decision.
“To all appearances — appearances promoted by Hatch — this anti-environmental, anti-Native American and, yes, anti-business decommissioning of national monuments was basically a political favor the White House did for Hatch,” the editorial said.
The editorial further mentioned Hatch’s action in the GOP tax plan, the previous week as his role of Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Those who have been rejecting the plan, say that the plan is only being criticized as it benefits only the wealthy and corporations and does little to relief the common person.
The Editorial piece further criticized the Senator on telling the public that the year 2012 was his last campaign, while he still prepares to run in the 2018’s 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 paper read. “That’s not only not fair to all of those who were passed over. It is basically a theft from the Utah electorate.”
Several rumors that have been circulating around Hatch, saying that he might be opting retirement as he made room for the GOP Presidential Nominee of 2012 – Mitt Romney for the Senate seat but the Office of Hatch put down all such reports.
A survey from earlier this year referred to in the editorial, the poll had resulted in the three quarters of the Utahans desiring Hatch to resign or retire.