Additionally, the editorial criticizes Hatch for the appearance of preparing to run for an eighth term in 2018, after saying in 2012 that he would not mount another campaign.
“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.”
The editorial board also used some of Hatch’s own previous words as reasoning for him to end his career before voters do it for him. In 1976, Hatch said this about his election campaign opponent: “What do you call a senator who’s served in office for 18 years?”
“You call him home.”
And then in 1983 Hatch admonished Capital Hill interns with this bit of sage advice: “You should not fall in love with D.C. Elected politicians shouldn’t stay here too long.”
The editorial concluded by saying that Hatch should listen to his own advice. A poll conducted by the Tribune earlier this year found that three-quarters of Utahns want Hatch to retire.
This month, Hatch was one of the Republicans to stand alongside Trump at a White House event commemorating the congressional passage of the GOP tax plan. At the event, Trump invited members of Congress to speak, and when Hatch’s turn came, he offered praise of both the legislation and the President.