Hatch 'invited himself' to Tea Party town hall
February 7th, 2011
08:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Hatch 'invited himself' to Tea Party town hall

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Orrin Hatch "invited himself" to the Tea Party town hall that will be held in Washington on Tuesday, according to the chairman of the Tea Party Express.

On Monday, the Utah Republican confirmed, in a tweet, that he would join the event that's being billed as the first of its kind.

"He invited himself," Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer told CNN. "I guess that he wanted to become a part of it. All I have to say is he needs to be ready to answer the tough questions."

"Obviously Sen. Hatch wants to get re-elected," Kremer added.

Some Tea Party activists have threatened to work for Hatch's ouster as he pursues a seventh term in the Senate. Critics cite votes that, they believe, show Hatch as less than rock-solid conservative and his working with Democrats on various issues.

Kremer re-stated what Tea Party Express chief strategist Sal Russo previously told CNN: that their group would not target Hatch, praising him as a solid conservative.

But Kremer stressed there's no guarantee that activists in Utah won't try to deny Hatch another term.

And, speaking more broadly, Kremer issued a message to all lawmakers.

"There is no senator or congressman in this country who needs to think their seat is safe," Kremer said.

CNN reached out to Sen. Hatch's office but was not able to get a response.

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Filed under: Orrin Hatch • Tea Party Express
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. TeaForMEandTeaFORU

    We have long know the healing power of TEA now Orrn does too

    February 7, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Debbie from Arizona

    The fact that the Tea Party wants to get rid of him because he isn't a rock solid conservative is one thing. But, to get rid of him because he has the nerve to work with Democrats to get things done, is just plain stupid. What does the Tea Party want? Do they want our government to be totally controlled by one party? If so, our country will no longer be a democracy. If that's what they are trying to do, I for one, will fight them every inch of the way.

    February 7, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Camron B.

    I think it’s great Senator Hatch wants to participate in a tea party event. The tea party movement should be inclusive. Hatch is a solid conservative Republican and an honorable man. I supported many tea party “insurgents” last year: Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, Pat Toomey and I anticipate doing so again in ’17 (Dick Lugar’s gotta go!) but I will be supporting Orrin Hatch 100 percent!

    February 7, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. kyle

    Maybe they can explain why they stood quietly as the tax cuts for the rich were passed, the tax cuts thst add to the defecit, and do not create jobs.

    February 7, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. Reggie from LA

    Has the Tea Party come up with any reasonable solutions for anything that I don't know about or do they just march around complaining about everything and saying "No more Taxes" and "No more Government" and "Don't touch our guns" and "let's reverse everything that Obama did." That doesn't sound very productive. Any politician who bends to their will is apparently in need of employment because by all accounts they don't do anything but threaten to fill senate seats with shills for the wealthy. You know, their benefactors that pay for the buses and stuff.

    February 7, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Terry

    Looks like Orrin has been infected by the McCain virus. You know, the one that turns you into a spineless coward so desperate to retain your office that you'll do anything to or for anybody.

    February 7, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. John

    I hope he makes fools of them. He needs to save his party from them.

    February 7, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. TomNPITT

    These are grass roots people?? Who pays them to do all this "volunteer" work? Washington's an expensive place to live.

    February 7, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. Cracker

    Kneel Republicans......kneel before the Tea Party, locked in a dream of the past, you are victims of nostalgia, fighting any future in lieu of the ignorant comfort of stagnation
    You are selling out whatever integrity you have left, eh......hate to see a great party like the GOP go out like a reality TV show, but there you go.

    February 7, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. mike

    Hey Hatch when you get down to inviting your self it is time to give it up no one wants you

    February 7, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  11. Aaron

    I wonder if the billionaire Koch brothers who fund Tea Party Express will be there to ensure that Hatch is doing their bidding. They got Eric Cantor last week at their secret meeting in California. They are so powerful now that they don't even have to hide in the shadows, so they may show up and tell Hatch a thing or two.

    February 8, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  12. sarah

    He worked with Democrats so he must go. How is that for bipartisanship. The Tea Party should go and I'm no fan of the opportunistic Hatch either. He would have our gay citizens behind bars and paying taxes for their incarceration. What a small, small, small man.

    February 8, 2011 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  13. Gaylon Barrow

    What do you need Hatch for. He is anti-military and even the GOP doesn't want him. Don't let him worm himself in As a canidate to the President office. Especially since you have much better people.

    February 8, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  14. Beel

    Dump every one of them and start all over in 2012.

    February 8, 2011 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  15. Derka Derr

    The Tea who? Are they really still relevant after getting zero job growth from these fantastic tax cuts? how about abortion? really America? sometimes I wonder if YOU should go away with the Tea Party, you know, start a new without uneducated fools attempting to run things they do not understand.

    February 8, 2011 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  16. Ken in NC

    "There is no senator or congressman in this country who needs to think their seat is safe," Kremer said. Now that sounds like one of those kids of threats that "If you don't do as we say, then you will not be re-elected". You would think that if every group put forth that same demand no one would get elected. Consider that you have Democrats, Republicans, Tea Baggers, Independents, Conservatives, Progressive Consertavites, Liberals, Progressive Liberals and others all in the state of Utah. Now if each group told their candidate the exact same thing then no one would get a majority. The fact that any one group will tell a candidate not to compromise with or in any way work with another group is unbelievable. How do they expect the Congress to ever get anything done when their apporach is one of "MY WAY OR NO WAY". We have just finished looking at 2 years of that crap and frankly it's childish and stupid. It's what one would expect from some imbicile like the former VP candidate that would never become President.

    February 8, 2011 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  17. chris

    Americans should really ask their multi-termed elected official “is it not time to step down?” Seriously, why do these guys continue to run for office? We have members of Congress who have been elected year after year after year!! I mean what is the point? There is only so much legislation and work for constituents they can do and there comes a time when new blood needs to be infused into the system. By keeping them in office they become self serving and power hungry helping no one but themselves. It is time for term limits on all members of Congress!!

    February 8, 2011 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  18. greg in jax

    Amy Kremer is an elitist bully who terrorizes our elected officials. Who else is tired of her?

    February 8, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  19. me

    "Critics cite votes that, they believe, show Hatch as less than rock-solid conservative and his working with Democrats on various issues."

    Well, there you go. How dare Hatch work with Democrats to better the country for all. What a criminal offense! Next thing you know, he'll say Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural born citizen.

    February 8, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    [Critics cite votes that, they believe, show Hatch as less than rock-solid conservative and his working with Democrats on various issues.]

    Aren't we all supposed to "get along"??? The TP thinks that the whole world/country is about them – it IS NOT!!! No one wants a FAR-RIGHT agenda so they should just HANG IT UP!!! And those who chose to fall PREY to them will STILL LOSE in the end!!!

    February 8, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  21. Ernie

    Orin Hatch know he's in trouble, he figures if he joins the "Tea Party" he can get re-elected. The "Tea Party" doesn't think that way, the "Tea Party" feel that Orin Hatch has nothing to offer and has been in congress to long. Politicians don't know when it's time to leave and leave gracefully. Orin Hatch's time has come and gone. It might be time for Orin Hatch think about turning off the lights the party is coming to an end.

    February 8, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |