Top Republican Orrin Hatch tweets that he's 'grateful' for editorial that said he had an 'unquenchable thirst for power'

  • Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah highlighted that he was named The Salt Lake Tribune's "Utahn of the Year," tweeting that he was "grateful" for the honor.
  • But the editorial said he had an "utter lack of integrity" and called on him to not seek office again in 2018.


Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah tweeted Monday night that he was "grateful" for the honor of being named The Salt Lake Tribune's "Utahn of the Year."

"Grateful for this great Christmas honor from the Salt Lake Tribune," Hatch tweeted. "For the record, I voted for @SpencerJCox and @rudygobert27."

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee followed up his tweet with one highlighting another editorial from the publication praising tax reform.

While on the surface that honor would seem to be one worth highlighting for the senator, a quick read of the Tribune's editorial shows that the publication did not bestow him with the honor for positive reasons.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - OCTOBER 18: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump, with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, speaks during a meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee and his economic team October 18, 2017 at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 4: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes the hand of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as he arrives for a speech at the Rotunda of the Utah State Capitol on December 4, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Trump announced the reduction in size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments which were created by President Obama and Clinton. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump alongside US Senator Orrin Hatch (L), Republican of Utah, as they disembark from Air Force One upon arrival at Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah, December 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: President Donald Trump, flanked by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., left, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, right, speaks during a meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee and members of the President's economic team in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
From left US Vice President Mike Pence, US President Donald Trump, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) and Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) greet each other before a meeting with lawmakers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 2: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hand with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) at the start of a meeting with Senate and House legislators, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers included in the meeting were Hatch, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA). (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) prior to speaking at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump hands a pen used to sign an executive order to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) after announcing big cuts to Utah's sprawling wilderness national monuments at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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"These things are often misunderstood," the editorial began. "So, lest our readers, or the honoree himself, get the wrong impression, let us repeat the idea behind The Salt Lake Tribune's Utahn of the Year designation. The criteria are not set in stone. But this year, as many times in the past, The Tribune has assigned the label to the Utahn who, over the past 12 months, has done the most. Has made the most news. Has had the biggest impact. For good or for ill."

And, as the publication wrote, the reasons Hatch was named Utahn of the year included "his utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power," and the anti-environmental, anti-Native American and, yes, anti-business" move to scale back two major national monuments in the state.

Though the publication wrote of Hatch's major role in passing tax reform in a more positive light, the editorial board wrote that the legislation's passage was all the more reason for him to retire from office after serving for more than 40 years.

"But perhaps the most significant move of Hatch’s career is the one that should, if there is any justice, end it," they wrote. "The last time the senator was up for re-election, in 2012, he promised that it would be his last campaign. That was enough for many likely successors, of both parties, to stand down, to let the elder statesman have his victory tour and to prepare to run for an open seat in 2018."

"Clearly, it was a lie," they continued. "Over the years, Hatch stared down a generation or two of highly qualified political leaders who were fully qualified to take his place, Hatch is now moving to run for another term — it would be his eighth — in the Senate. Once again, Hatch has moved to freeze the field to make it nigh unto impossible for any number of would-be senators to so much as mount a credible challenge. That's not only not fair to all of those who were passed over. It is basically a theft from the Utah electorate."

Twitter quickly jumped on Hatch for the tweet: 

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When you haven't read the book but present your book report to the class anyway. https://t.co/Ra8ld4e8BV
This is very, very funny. Read the article Hatch thinks is an "honor." Oh, boy. Guess he read this article as close… https://t.co/lVlPjl0vNI
Either Orrin Hatch didn't read the article or he was fine with sentences like this one: "His utter lack of integrit… https://t.co/ZfGei3IhdY
Gotta read below the headline, my dude. https://t.co/cX1tl2S5yO
Did you read the same op-ed I did, Senator? 🤔 https://t.co/MgTY1pkmON
lmaooo he still hasn't deleted this, looks like he read this as thoroughly as he read his tax bill before voting on… https://t.co/UMwe5He5CP
LOL, dude didn't read the article. Part of their reasoning for picking him is: "His utter lack of integrity that ri… https://t.co/03MCbssN18
Um, they said you're a corrupt, power-hungry liar who should step down, did you not actually read the editorial? https://t.co/Kl5cQxgn76
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