I was privileged to attend Senator Orin Hatch’s (R-Utah) breakfast speech. He announced that he endorsed Congressman Castle for Senate as the only one who can win the seat and announced that his committee gave 10K to Castle campaign. This was not the focus of the event. It was to rally the troops. He spoke briefly about the health care debacle and hopes to repeal parts of the legislation. He stated the we are undergoing the Europeanization of America (call it socialism if you want it is the same thing he stated) .
He appealed to Republicans to put aside differences and join together for the fight for survival of American free markets and our Constitutional rights. Right now any Republican is better than any Democrat up there.
He also addressed other issues such as avoiding filibustering judicial nominees except under extreme circumstances. He feared a far left nominee to replace Justice Stevens who has hinted that he will retire within the next couple of years. He defended the filibuster as a vital tool to bring us together to solve problems. He praised Secretary of Education Duncan while expressing concern about federalization of the Education in this administration and the past one. He defended marginal rate tax cuts as a deficit reducing tool.
It was a great event. Most of the statewide candidates were there beside the Congressman such as Kevin Wade, Fred Cullis, and Glen Urquhart candidates for Congress. Auditor Tom Wagner was present. Candidate for Treasurer, Conservative leader and State Senator Colin Bonini was present and his staff ran the picture booth. I hope to have pictures soon. Look for an update.
GOP State Chairman Tom Ross sent his greetings.