It’s official. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff announced today that he will be running for the U.S. Senate, challenging fellow Republican incumbent Senator Bob Bennett.At least one other Republican, Tim Bridgewater, is expected to get into the race and Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, expects others to challenge Bennett also.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Hillyard says he feels Bennett’s done a good job, he has seniority and some key leadership positions. But Hillyard admitted he has not always been happy with the way Bennett has voted.”I’ve been pleased with what Senator Bennett’s done these last few votes on the issues of bailing out some of the businesses,” Hillyard said. “I personally don’t support that, I think there’s other ways to do it. I think that’s going to be his challenge.”Hillyard also said he’s not sure Mark Shurtleff is the type of fiscal conservative he’d like to see in that position. “I like him personally, he’s served well as Attorney General. Whether he really is going to satisfy what I feel like needs to be done to change, as a true fiscal conservative, that remains to be seen.”Hillyard says with a fiscal conservative on financial matters like Mitt Romney supporting him, he expects Bennett will be hard to beat. Another big change in the works for the state of Utah, is that of replacing Governor Jon Huntsman. Utah Lieutenant Governor Gary Herbert will be replacing Huntsman when he leaves to become the new Ambassador to China. So who will replace Herbert? Hillyard says it needs to be someone from Salt Lake, Davis or Utah County, preferably a business person.Hillyard says Herbert has a rich background in politics, rural issues and Utah County. According to Hillyard, someone from the business mold would compliment his leadership. Hillyard says Herbert will likely have several challengers in 2010 including former Senate President John Valentine and Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce CEO Layne Beattie. Asked if he would consider running, Hillyard’s answer was a definite “No.”
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