On June 14, 2001, Senator Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) voted with 90 of his colleagues to pass the No Child Left Behind Act. Only eight senators voted against it, including that future casualty of the Tea Party, Senator Bob Bennett (R., Utah).
Loath to follow in Bennett’s footsteps (into retirement), Hatch has been defending his right flank as the Utah GOP’s state convention draws near. The Club for Growth had encouraged Congressman Jason Chaffetz to primary Hatch, citing his vote for NCLB as another example of his supporting “policies that have grown government.” Chaffetz ultimately declined, but 36-year-old state senator Dan Liljenquist accepted the challenge. He also is targeting Hatch’s NCLB vote. “Dan’s position is there is no role for the federal government in education,” says Holly Richardson, his campaign chair.
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