FreedomWorks's first target of 2012: Orrin Hatch

“The bottom line is Hatch doesn’t represent the state of Utah,” said Russ Walker, the vice president of political and grassroots campaigns for FreedomWorks PAC. “The state of Utah is far more fiscally conservative than Orrin Hatch is. It’s an opportunity to pick up a seat, it’s an opportunity to find somebody who is better.”

Among grievances FreedomWorks has with Hatch is they say is a legislative history of voting to increase the debt ceiling 16 times, voting in support of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) legislation and voting against a ban on earmarks…

“He has reached out to us a lot this year. Orrin Hatch is a nice guy,” Walker said. “He really genuinely is a nice guy…but at the end of the day, I think the state of Utah could do better.”