The chairman of Cache County’s Republican Party does not expect to see much bi-partisanship come out of today’s health care summit in Washington, D.C. David James says the mood in the country is not just partisan but there’s also an anti-incumbency mindset. He cites Utah Republican Senator Bob Bennett who is running for a fourth term this year as an example. “I know it’s affecting him. I know it’s affecting his race,” James says. “Traditionally you’d see a senator with the seniority of Senator Bennett, with the popularity, to be honest with you, of Senator Bennett doing very well. “He has some strong challengers as a result of just the general feeling throughout the state, throughout the country.” Merrill Cook announced today that he, too plans to challenge Sen. Bennett. Cook was a Republican congressman for Utah from 1997-2001. Cook, a maverick who also has offered himself at times as an independent, planned to make the announcement at Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park Thursday. Cook is among several GOP challengers targeting Bennett for the party nomination. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, James said it has not seemed to affect Republican Congressman Rob Bishop as much. So far James says he has heard of no Republican challenges to Bishop
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