If Sen. Dan Liljenquist decides to challenge Orrin Hatch for the Republican nomination, he will be able to hang his hat on a couple of signature achievements.
Liljenquist tells the Washington Post he hasn't decided what he's going to do in 2012, but many observers are expecting him to run.
His party’s leadership picked the first-term legislator to reform the state pension system last year. The plan he came up with – along with the methodical way he crafted it – won accolades even from his political opponents. A year later he took on Medicaid reform, with similar results. Now, Liljenquist is preparing a likely primary campaign against Sen.Orrin Hatch (R) in 2012, in his short political career he has two solid achievements to run on.