Utah’s Tea Party Senator Not Ready To Endorse Orrin Hatch | Talking Points Memo

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spent more than a few minutes on stage together last night at a Tea Party Express town hall in Washington. But for some strange reason, Hatch’s impending reelection fight — which will pit him against frustrated home-state tea partiers and could cost him his party’s nomination — didn’t come up. It’s especially odd because Lee is intimately familiar with how important it is for an incumbent Utah Republican senator to reach out to the tea party these days. He got his current job largely because the man who held it before him, Sen. Bob Bennett (R), was on the wrong side of angry tea party conventioneers.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=114907