Tea Party Targets Senate’s Longest-Serving Republican
June 29, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Utahâ€™s Orrin Hatch has served six terms in the U.S. Senate, making him the current longest-serving Republican Senator. Now, some Tea Party activists are saying six terms is enough.
â€śItâ€™s time for him to go home and retire,â€ť Darcy Van Orden, a Tea Partier from Utah, told POLITICO. â€śIsnâ€™t 36 years enough? He truly hasnâ€™t been a proponent of liberty.â€ť
About 20 Utah residents, including Van Orden, staged a protest in front of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) headquarters on Monday, the article reported. The protest was organized by FreedomWorks, a Tea Party organization, with the goal of getting the NRSC to not support Hatchâ€™s 2012 re-election bid.
The Senator has been attempting to court Tea Partiers, most recently going on Fox News to promote legislation to prevent taxpayer bailouts of foreign countries. However, the activists protesting Monday said Hatchâ€™s long-term record is less demonstrably conservative.
â€śTea party activists say the six-term senatorâ€™s record is too liberal: Heâ€™s voted to raise the debt ceiling; he helped create the State Childrenâ€™s Health Insurance Program; and he was an original co-sponsor of the immigration reform bill, the DREAM Act,â€ť the POLITICO article read.
However, NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh told POLITICO that the organization â€śrespects (the Tea Partyâ€™s) views just as we respect the views of others who are strongly supporting Sen. Hatchâ€™s reelection, including Mark Levin and C. Boyden Gray, who is the co-chairman of the FreedomWorks Foundation board.â€ť