Sen. Orrin Hatch is hitting back at a scathing Salt Lake Tribune editorial being spread far and wide online in which the paper's editorial board calls on the 83-year-old to retire at the end of his term.
"These things are often misunderstood". Orrin Hatch suggested that he would be seeking re-election in 2018 because, in his words, "I still have the chairmanship of the Finance Committee and they'll never be another Utahn that's chairman of the committee, at least not for 40 or 50 years".
"Grateful for this great Christmas honor from the Salt Lake Tribune", Hatch tweeted, but he paper's editorial board bashed Hatch, writing that the senator had made the most news and impact on the state "for good or for ill". The first being his role in what the Tribune describes as the "dramatic dismantling" of two major Utah monuments - moves by President Donald Trump that shrunk the sizes of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments.
However, recent reports indicate that Hatch may be planning to remain in office, much to the chagrin of The Salt Lake Tribune.
The honor "has everything to with recognizing" Hatch's "utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power", writes the paper's editorial staff.
And that last bullet point, well, speaks for itself.
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Many were left asking if Hatch had tweeted before reading the Salt Lake Tribune's full reasoning for the award, for the most impactful person in the state, which hit out at his part in slashing the size of Utah's national monuments.
In justifying this last reason, the Tribune claims Hatch lied to voters in 2012 when he said it would be his last campaign.
Incidentally: The victor of that poll, far and away, was a 13-year-old LGBT advocate who came out as a lesbian during a Mormon sacrament meeting. Spencer Cox is the Republican lieutenant governor of Utah, while Rudy Gobert plays for the Utah Jazz.
It is not clear whether Hatch was offering a tongue-in-cheek response or if he had reacted to the front page without having read the editorial.
The editorial also urged - as it has several times previously - for him to hang it up after his current term.