|added Mon August 14 2006 at 4:55 PM
|On Saturday, I attended the first debate for the U.S. Senate race in Utah. It was an excellent opportunity for citizens to ask questions and to learn more about the similarities and differences between the candidates. Every person involved in the debate presented themselves very well, even in the face of some rather difficult questions.
Unfortunately, out of six candidates, the only one not represented was the incumbent, Senator Orrin Hatch. This brings up two questions. First, where was Senator Hatch on Saturday morning? Dave Seely, the Libertarian candidate, could not make it because of work, but he sent somebody to represent him. The senate is not currently in session, so Senator Hatch obviously didn't have work. If there was some other important activity, he surely could have sent a proxy to stand in his place.
Second, if Senator Hatch is not willing to show up for a debate, does he deserve Utah's vote? This is just one more example of Senator Hatch acting like he is not beholden to his constituency. Does he even remember who sent him to D.C. 30 years ago?