Everyone Is Welcome At Republican Caucuses. Unless They Oppose Senator Orrin Hatch
In his most recent campaign journal, Senator Orrin Hatch had this to say about the neighborhood caucus meetings: "The precinct caucuses are democracy in their purest form, where you ,the voter, have an opportunity to make your voice heard regarding the direction of your political party and the candidates you select to carry the party banner in the upcoming election... I hope you will attend and get involved in our political process at the ground level. " Those are nice sentiments, but they only apply to Senator Hatch's supporters. Mike Ridgway, Republican challenger to Senator Hatch, had some problems accessing the details of his caucus meeting. When he attended the caucus, he found the caucus presided over by County Chairman James Evans while all ballots cast were counted by State Party Chairman Joe Cannon. Also present was a uniformed Deputy of the Salt Lake County Sherriff who removed Ridgway from the Caucus meeting as he attempted to call for a vote to remove Evans as caucus chair. The Republicans present proceeded to elect Ridgway in absentia as a County Republican Delegate.