Nov 18, 2011 12:35 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Tea party group honors potential Hatch challenger

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Utah state senator is picking up a prize while he's in Washington this week, and it's a sign that some tea partiers haven't given up on defeating six-term Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch next year.

FreedomWorks, which helps mobilize local tea party groups, named State Sen. Dan Liljenquist its "Legislative Entrepreneur of the Year."

The award isn't an official endorsement, but FreedomWorks has for months made no secret of its desire to replace Hatch. The group had tried to lay the groundwork for a run by Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, but he eventually declined.

FreedomWorks says legislation from Liljenquist moving future state employees into a 401(k) system will help secure the state's financial future and Congress could learn from him.

Liljenquist says he's leaning toward challenging Hatch.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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