Video: Democrat Challenger Scott Howell Says Sen. Orrin Hatch, 78, May Die in Office

| by Michael Allen

Sen. Orrin Hatch's Utah Democratic opponent Scott Howell says the 78 year old may die in office (video below).

In a fundraising letter sent out on Sunday, Howell said: I’m going to be frank. Orrin Hatch is not a bad guy. But he is an old guy" and could "die before his term is through," reports ABC 4 News.

Campaigning in Southern Utah, Howell told ABC 4 News: “Orrin Hatch is old enough to be my father and I don't want my father running the United States Senate Finance Committee."

“Orrin Hatch needs the golden handshake now. It's time we give him a nice watch and we send him on his way."

Senator Hatch's campaign manager Dave Hansen called Howell’s fundraising letter, “offensive” and added: "He's got a campaign that's going nowhere. Nobody knows who he is."