Hatch Hangs With the Tea Party

by Robert Costa

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

The Tea Party Express is holding an online town hall tomorrow and both of Utah’s senators are participating.

That’s right Sen. Orrin Hatch is hanging with the tea party, no doubt part of his bid to placate the Republican revolutionaries in hopes of avoiding a challenge in 2012.

Hatch, who has aggressively courted the tea party in recent months, tweeted today that he would join the town hall in Washington with Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and two members of the House Tea Party Caucus.

Former Hatch adviser Sal Russo, who recently called the senator an “original” Tea Party member in an NRO interview, is the strategist for the Tea Party Express. More about the TPE and Hatch here and here.