It looks like six-term U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch will have a challenger from within his own Republican party this year. After several months of consideration State Senator Dan Liljenquist has decided to face Hatch, a man he says is a “real statesman but one who has been in Washington too long.” On KVNU’s Crosstalk show on October 10, Liljenquist said he was thinking about the run against Hatch and he resigned his senate seat last month. Liljenquist says he feels compelled to get involved because of the uncontrolled spending going on in Washington, DC. “We have so many people nibbling at the edges of our problems,” Liljenquist said, “that we let things like pensions and Medicaid go unchecked for so many years that when they do collapse it is a disaster. “All my life I’ve seen a federal government centralize power, commit to things we cannot pay for with entitlement expansions and other things that my generation, I’m 37, that I’m going to have to live through.” Liljenquist is known for his entitlement reform on the state level and he sponsored legislation reforming the state’s pension system.
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