Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: In Utah politics, there are plenty of reasons for being thankful
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is thankful for all the election choices in 2012 — re-election as attorney general, governor, U.S. Senate, 4th congressional seat. A veritable smorgasbord of opportunity for an ambitious politician.
Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is thankful for former President George W. Bush's visits to Utah — another chance to protest and rally Salt Lake City's arch-liberals.
West Valley Mayor Mike Winder is grateful that at least one plum office still exists where a Republican moderate may have a chance to win the nomination — the Salt Lake County mayorship.
Lobbyists (like Frank) will always kneel in thanks to a higher power who guided the actions of our federal and state constitutional authors for mandating the right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." In lobbyistspeak, that means schmoozemeisters have ironclad, recession-proof, full-employment protection.
Likewise, LaVarr is grateful that "messaging" is actually a viable profession in politics, and that spinmeisters, in general, remain in high demand.
Republican LaVarr Webb is a political consultant and lobbyist. Previously he was policy deputy to Gov. Mike Leavitt and Deseret News managing editor. E-mail: email@example.com. Democrat Frank Pignanelli is Salt Lake attorney, lobbyist and political adviser. Pignanelli served 10 years in the Utah House of Representatives, six years as minority leader. His spouse, D'Arcy Dixon Pignanelli, is a state tax commissioner. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.