He was working more than full time on the Olympics. I worked with him on a regular basis and it seemed to me he was giving everything he had time-wise, energy-wise to the Olympics. Regardless of whatever political differences Mitt and I have, having worked with him as closely as I did, I was extremely impressed with the diligence and competence he brought to that drive. He really rolled up his sleeves and seemed personally engaged in many of the details that others might have pushed off onto underlings.Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson • Discussing Mitt Romney’s time organizing the 2002 Winter Olympics in the city. Anderson’s statements refute reports that Romney remained as CEO of Bain Capital for years longer than he originally claimed, reports which the Obama campaign latched onto earlier today. Anderson is otherwise ideologically opposed to Romney, as a former Democrat now running against Romney for president under the Justice Party banner.
» Goal was to “transcend,” not “conquer” church: Former members of the LDS Church, after an increasing disagreement with church policies/opinions/explanation of its own history, signed the necessary letters of resignation over the weekend. While some people struggled with the decision to leave the church, others felt secure with their choice.
Who goes up this trail thinking, I’m going to have to look out for booby traps? A kid could say, `Oh cool, a shelter,’ and run right across the trip line.Utah County sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon • Discussing a set of elaborate booby traps on a hiking trail in Utah, both which could’ve proven deadly to the wrong person hiking on said trail. One, a 20-pound spiked boulder, would’ve come swinging, if a hiker tripped a wire. Another would’ve put a hiker in a bed of spiked wood. The suspects, who have been apprehended, used a shelter as a way to lure people into the traps. Our guess: One of the suspects was named Wile E. Coyote, the target was a really fast bird, and the booby traps had the ACME logo stamped on.
Hatch got 59% to Liljenquist’s 41%. Fell short of 60% needed to avoid primary.#UTSEN
— davecatanese (@davecatanese) April 21, 2012
Orrin Hatch will now face Dan Liljenquist in a June 26 Utah Republican primary.
— Matt K. Lewis (@mattklewis) April 21, 2012
Regarding a story we touched on earlier – Orrin Hatch will indeed face a primary, after failing to top the precious 60% mark at the Utah Republican convention needed to secure the nomination – and missing it by an agonizingly slim margin.
These people are not conservatives. They’re not Republicans. They’re radical libertarians and I’m doggone offended by it. I despise these people, and I’m not the guy you come in and dump on without getting punched in the mouth.Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch • Criticizing the right-leaning figures in his own party (the Tea Party, perhaps?) who are giving the six-term senator trouble. Hatch, who is facing challenges from Utah state Sen. Dan Liljenquist and Utah state Rep. Chris Herrod, is confident that he’ll be able to squeeze out a seventh term. But the criticism Hatch is getting from those to the right of him seems to be rubbing him the wrong way. (By the way, the “getting punched in the mouth” bit is of note because Hatch was once a boxer.)