The Salt Lake Tribune named Senator Orrin Hatch ‘Utahn of the Year,’ but he got the honor for all the wrong reasons.
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch is proudly claiming the Salt Lake City Tribune’s title of “Utahn of the Year” â€“ even if the newspaper did not intend it to be an honorific.Â
The Tribune editorial said it gives the award to the Utah resident who has had the most influence for “for good or for ill.”Â Decrying Hatch’s “utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power,” the editorial blasted the state’s senior senator for supporting efforts to shrink national monuments in his state as well as his work on the major tax cut bill that President Trump signed last week.
The editorial also said he should resign. “ItÂ would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career,” it read. “If he doesnâ€™t, the voters should end it for him.”Â Â
But this critique didn’t stop Hatch from tweeting appreciation for his new title: “Grateful for this great Christmas honor from the Salt Lake Tribune.”
Hatch also noted that he voted for Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Utah Jazz basketball Ruby Gobert, presumably as co-Utahns of the Year.
The senator, who is up for re-election in 2018, later tweeted out another Tribune editorial praising the corporate tax rate cut.