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Rick Santorum, or Mr. Frothy as I like to refer to him has just announced his endorsement of Dan Liljenquist (R) in his primary contest against Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah. The rationale Santorum sites for his endorsement is that Liljenquist is the more conservative of the two. I find Santorum's rationale just a bit interesting as Mr. Santorum's own voting record in the United States Senate was by far from conservative.
I suspect Santorum's endorsement was motivated by something other than Mr. Liljenquist's alleged yet demonstrably phoney conservative principles. Could it be Mr. Frothy is more interested in Mr. Liljenquist's views on religion and the separation of church and state? I mean, given Santorum's well known positions on those issues. Just wondering how a non fiscal conservative can endorse another essentially non fiscal conservarive on the basis of the candidate being conservative.
The Hill - Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum endorsed Sen. Dan Liljenquist (R) in his primary against Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Friday, calling Liljenquist “the stronger conservative in this race.”
“I've known Orrin Hatch for years and believe he is a very good man,” former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum wrote in an email to supporters. “But in a deeply conservative state like Utah, we must elect authentic conservatives.
"What also makes Dan such a strong candidate deserving of our support is his record of taking on the tough fights and delivering results," he continued. "As a freshman state senator in Utah, on the issue of pension reform, he got legislation passed with bipartisan support. The following year, he would take on the pension system and save the program from bankrupting the state. It is that type of leader and reformer we need in the U.S. Senate!"
Santorum’s endorsement, one of his first acts through his new conservative advocacy group Patriot Voices, is only the latest indication of infighting among conservatives over the June 26 Republican primary for the Utah Senate race.
The influential Tea Party group FreedomWorks is looking to unseat Hatch, funding campaign efforts against him and endorsing Liljenquist.
However, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a popular figure with Tea Party activists, endorsed Hatch in May.
"I want him to win. I join Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and other conservatives who would like to see Mr. Balanced Budget return to Washington," Palin told Fox News of Hatch.
Senator Orrin Hatch should be replaced. However, given the statist record of Liljenquist in the Utah State Senate, combined with the endorsement of a demonstrated big "R" statist republican former US Senator doesn't it at least warrant asking some serious questions? Utah, and the United States may very well be going from bad to worse if they elect Liljenquist to the US Senate.