Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) has probably been in office long enough but stopped short of saying he will definitely challenge the six-term incumbent.
“He’s asking voters to keep him there for 42 contiguous years, which I don’t know that that’s necessarilya healthy thing,” Chaffetz said Tuesday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show.
Also on Tuesday, Hatch was endorsed by conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin, who last year endorsed now-Sen. Mike Lee (R) over then-Sen. Bob Bennett (R).
On the Hugh Hewitt Show, Chaffetz confirmed his interest in challenging Hatch but said he will not announce his plans until the end of summer.
“I’m a definite maybe,” the second-term Congressman said. “I really am thinking about it. And I just believe that our country’s on the wrong track, and if you want different results, you’re going to have to elect different people and let somebody else give it a go. And I think people want new, fresh eyes, new energy.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.