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April 05, 2011


Lee Won't Endorse Hatch

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who defeated former Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) at the state party convention last year by running to his right, says he will not endorse his home state colleague Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who may face a Tea Party challenge of his own.

Politico: "The 77-year-old Hatch and 39-year-old Lee have ties that span three decades, making it tricky for the freshman to keep his distance from Utah's political patriarch. But their evolving relationship speaks volumes about both the changing dynamics of the Senate -- in which freshmen are eager to employ attention-grabbing tactics to show their independence rather than fall in line behind the veterans -- as well as the lingering tensions between the Washington GOP and the tea party wing that it is trying to court."














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