Logan's Scott Bradley aims for Hatch's Senate seat
By Diana Hurren
April 3, 2006 | NORTH LOGAN -- Stealing a Senate seat
from incumbent Orrin Hatch is something many ambitious
politicians have tried and failed to do, but North Logan
resident Scott Bradley has decided to take his chances
and compete for the seat, representing Utah's Constitution
"I have never, ever, ever wanted to hold office, but
the principles are what's at stake and I want people
to vote for the principles," said Bradley, 54.
The Constitution Party is a conservative third party
started in 1992 that shares many views on platform issues
with Republicans. Bradley said the main difference between
the two is his party's goal, which is to restore government
back to exactly what is specified in the U.S. Constitution.
"If we do this, everything else will fall into place,"
Much like this nation, the Constitution Party was
founded by Christians, Bradley said. The Founding Fathers
recognized God and some of the core elements and laws
they put in place come directly from scripture. They
intended for America to have religious freedom but that
they never wanted atheism in government, he said.
One of the party's main platforms is protecting and
restoring the family unit. Bradley said families are
under assault in America, but they should be recognized
as the most important organization the country has.
Bradley, who is director of Utah State University's
telecommunications and telephone services department,
said the Constitution is one of his first loves, and
he has studied intently since college. Nobody has the
right to violate the Constitution yet the current government
seems to be doing it all the time, he said.
"It is the core foundation of our country and it has
been strayed from so far," said Bradley.
The party's answers for resolving the many complicated
issues the U.S. faces all rely on returning to the foundation
of the nation through governing by and restoring the
original intent of the Founding Fathers, he said.
One thing the Constitution Party would like to do
is repeal the federal income tax and leave the taxing
of people to the individual state governments. Bradley
said the national government's job is to collect money
from outside the country through tariffs and other means,
and that Congress never should have received the power
to collect tax from citizens.
Bradley is a former Republican and served that party
as a county and state delegate many times. He said he
became interested in the Constitution Party not only
because of its emphasis on that important document,
but because of the values and principles the party upholds
and wants to restore to government.
The Constitution sets forth the rules for our country
and it is so important because, Bradley says, "If everybody
plays by the rules we'll stay free and if we don't we