Sen. Bob Bennett Bounced Out of a Job
The first victim to fall to the anti-incumbency movement is three-term GOP Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah. Bennet lost his party’s nomination during voting at the Utah GOP state convention Saturday.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Bennett was bounced from office on the second round of balloting, failing to finish ahead of Tea Party backed candidate Mike Lee and businessman Tim Bridgewater, who move on to the final round.
Last minute politicking by Mitt Romney, a superstar among Utah Republicans, was of little help. Romney said Bennett was needed in the Senate.
“With the sweep and arrogance of the liberal onslaught today in Washington, we need Bob Bennett’s skill and loyalty and power,” Romney said.
Bennett came under fire in recent months for supporting the first round of bank bailouts during the Bush administration and his co-sponsorship of a bipartisan health reform package that would have required individuals to buy insurance, the Tribune stated.