Jim Matheson forced into primary election with Claudia Wright for Utah Democrat nomination


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  • Yeswedid08
    May 11, 2010 11:22 a.m.

    Matheson needs to go. He hides from his constituents and shunned the over 200,000 Utahns without health insurance. Let's hope Bennett also decides to wage a "write in candidacy" so that, if ms. Wright wins, Utah will have two Democrats in Congress! Granato and Wright '10

  • ldsgemini
    May 10, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    During the last election, I always felt that the one main reason Matheson got elected was that he came across as "nice" and "respectful" to others. He didn't bash his opponent like his opponent did to him.

    I have high respects for Matheson for that very reason. He speaks to the issues and stays with the issues. Though he is not my representative, I do hope he does return.

  • padanny
    May 9, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    I can't see why liberals aren't as disgusted with the Federal Government as many of the conservatives are. Every politician who has held office since 1990's should be fired. You can still vote for the best liberal challenger but get rid of the incumbents.

  • peterslu
    May 9, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    Re: B

    Actually there are a number of states doing as well or better than Utah. Everybody looks good compared to Cali, Michigan, or Rhode Island. There are many quiet, moderate places that are doing well and look quite sane compared to California on the one hand, and Utah on the other.

    Unemployment rates by State:
    Rank State Rate
    1 NORTH DAKOTA 4.0
    2 SOUTH DAKOTA 4.8
    3 NEBRASKA 5.0
    4 KANSAS 6.5
    4 VERMONT 6.5
    6 OKLAHOMA 6.6
    7 IOWA 6.8
    8 HAWAII 6.9
    8 LOUISIANA 6.9
    10 NEW HAMPSHIRE 7.0
    11 MONTANA 7.1
    12 UTAH 7.2

  • B
    May 9, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    RE peterslu: It's a good thing we don't vote based on what other states think of us. Other 'enlightened' states may very well view us as a 'backward state full of right-wing crackpots." But consider this: The Great, mainstream state of California is bankrupt and New York is really close. The one state that is weathering this storm relatively well is Utah. I don't really care what others think of us as they go to the Federal Government with hat in hand.

  • peterslu
    May 9, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    Wow, the ideological hubris going on in Utah right now is astounding. I am a native Utahn living in "the mission field." I'll give you my perspective:

    The ultra-conservative right-wing of the party has now successfully thrown two sitting incumbents out of office - Bob Bennett and Chris Cannon - and replaced them with ideologically "pure" conservatives through Utah's arcane caucus system. For both of these men their primary crime was that, in rare instances, they worked with Democrats and had ideas of their own that were not drawn verbatim from the Republican Platform.

    Now state Democrats have used the same wacky system to force their only federal representative into a primary that could easily be manipulated by Republican voters resulting in Wright gaining the nomination and then ultimately losing the general election something like 21 to 79 to Philpot.

    The final result? Utah will permanently seal its public image as a backward state full of right-wing crackpots. The LDS Church may then need to move its headquarters to some other state in order to distance itself from the antics of Utah's federal delegation. From the state that brought you Chaffetz, welcome Lee and Philpot!

  • Emophiliac
    May 9, 2010 10:15 a.m.

    I'm going to probably vote in the Republican primary (for the first time). I don't think I would want to register as a Democrat, just to vote for Wright. But, then, I'm not vested in getting a Republican into Congress. I just want someone who represents me, as best as I can determine. Wright certainly will be handing the seat to the Republicans if she beats Matheson.

  • JMT
    May 9, 2010 10:02 a.m.

    Republicans are very likely going to pull a Matheson trick from 2000.

    If you remember that year, Merrill Cook was being challenged by Chris Cannon's hand picked candidate, Something Smith. A poll was done and Matheson lost by 10+ points to Cook but beat this Smith guy by a big margin. So the Dems showed up in the Repub primary and voted for Smith, beating Cook. Then Matheson trounced Smith.

    Repubs are going to vote for this Claudia women in mass, beat Matheson then watch as Philpott thumps Claudia.

    What goes around comes around!

  • majmajor
    May 9, 2010 9:04 a.m.

    Rep. Matheson is the only Democrat that can win any Utah district. If the Democrats really want to lose this seat, select anyone else.

    Being part of the minority party, in Utah, he has been forced to serve all of his district, not just one party.

  • sergio
    May 9, 2010 9:03 a.m.

    Tax is the cost of civilization. No one in the USA pays too much tax. It is the corruption and waste in the spending of the tax payer's money that defeats the nation's purpose to build a more civilized state for all its citizens. Matheson failed in his role to serve America.

  • trman
    May 9, 2010 5:41 a.m.

    I am a registered Republican. Matheson is the only politician for whom I have placed a sign in my yard. However, I think it is time for him to go.

    I don't think I am the only person that thinks Matheson would have voted for health care if Nancy Pelosi needed his vote. He was undecided until he knew that the Stupak group was in.

    Therefore, while I have been happy with Matheson's performance in other ways, I don't think he is worth the risk anymore.

  • My2Cents
    May 9, 2010 5:10 a.m.

    Has government and the people really creeped to a new level of low to vote for socialism?

    Is socialism the new form of government? Do these stupid Utahn's think government is there benefactor?

    It took a lot of backbone to vote against socialized health care and he gets my vote for that, although I have yet to see a real 'for the people' candidate.

    We don't want any socialized welfare programs, that's what's wrong with the country now, everyone is tired of being independent and self sufficient and care for themselves. Let government tell me what I can do is not a freedom, its a submission to surrender yourselves to socialism.

    What the american people have to do is fight business leaders who are behind the scene robbing the people of the right to the pursuit of happiness by cutting wages and employing illegal aliens and rampant tax fraud. Business has been forcing americans in to socialism and dependence on welfare because they don't want to pay decent wages.

    The candidate that demands independence from government, no handouts to illegals, and believes in our constitution will get my vote.

  • wjalden
    May 9, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    Interesting the disparity in treatment of the Matheson and Bennett stories. With Bennett and his challenger it's these 'crazy right-wingers venting their anger' at Bennett.

    With Matheson and his challenger it's these 'soft, nice, well-meaning progressives just wanting something better.'

    As for those criticizing the convention process: at the 2008 convention Jason Chaffetz won 59% of the delegates. He went on to win 60% of the primary vote. Sounds like a sound process to me.

  • On the other hand
    May 8, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    Re: Cats

    Yes, who needs Matheson when we could elect someone who will try to shut down the United Nations (because we stand strongest when we stand alone, right?) and use illegal immigrants as a scapegoat for all of America's problems? Now that's progress.

  • tabuno
    May 8, 2010 10:30 p.m.

    Seen in the context of Sen. Bennett's loss at the Utah State Republican Convention, Rep. Matheson's being forced into a Democratic Primary made me realize that perhaps the more extreme elements of the delegate process allows for the general public to see a greater distinction between the parties and affords a better separation of the more fundmantal issues between the two major parties instead of the more middle of the road politics - offering the voter a much more distinctive choice between the parties. Perhaps, this is a good thing, instead of a bad thing, now the final candidate picture is being made clear.

  • gs86js
    May 8, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    Jim Matheson represents Utah. He represents his constituents. As an uaffiliated voter, party politics is meaningless to me. I vote for the person who best represents the majority of his or her constituents. From what I have read and heard today, The "R"s want an ultra-conservative (whatever the costs) and the "D"s want an ultra-liberal (whatever the costs). I choose the moderate centrist, Jim Matheson, because a moderate centrist best represents Utah's majority.

  • MenaceToSociety
    May 8, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    Do we want a Democrat who votes Republican, or a Republican who votes Republican? Honestly, if a Republican wins this seat, at least we will know where that person stands. Matheson acts like he is a Democrat, but votes Republican. What good is that?

    Matheson voted against me having health care. I'm going through a tough health issue right now, and if my health insurance provider drops me because of it, I am in trouble. Therefore, I am voting against Matheson. I really do not care if Wright wins or not. Matheson voted against me having health insurance, so I will vote against Matheson having a job.

  • David
    May 8, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    I know that many Republicans have wondered if Sheryl Allen was really a Democrat.

    I feel she is extremely brave. She stood up for ethics serving in the House. She is willing to build a concensus, crossing party lines to do what is right.

    I often vote Republican. But I will be voting for Carroon and Allen in November.

  • David
    May 8, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    Though Democrats do not like Mattheson's blue dog moderate position in the House, he represents Utah well. If he loses in the Primary, Democrats will lose that seat.

    That would be ok. Though Mattheson's votes often represent Utah, the one vote that definitely does not represent us is when he votes for Pelosi as Speaker of the House. For that reason alone we need a Republican in the 2nd district seat.

  • regis
    May 8, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Maybe Republicans should flood the Democratic primary to vote for Wright. If she wins the primary, she's a sure loser in November.

  • Cats
    May 8, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    The most important thing Utahns can do this year is to send Matheson packing.

  • majmajor
    May 8, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    Rep. Matheson is the only Democrat that can win any Utah district. If the Democrats really want to lose this seat, select anyone else.

    Being part of the minority party, in Utah, he has been forced to serve all of his district, not just one party.

  • Utah Dem
    May 8, 2010 7:49 p.m.

    Pollyanna - according to Allen's legislative bio it does not show her affiliation with UEA.

    I am not in Matheson's district but I still have an opinion - I don't have to agree with everything my representative in Congress does, but my rep does need to agree with my opinions the majority of the time. I could not support Wright first because of her lesbianism nor do I think she represents the people of CD2. She seems to have garnered some support from a group of frustrated women and has latched onto Matheson's no vote on health care.

    I too do not support the current health care bill it did not go after control of health insurance companies which I believe to be the biggest problem in health care; they are greedy corporations that only care about money and they are too controlling in determining health services.

    Remember the state convention only reflects a small group of voters, just wait for the primary, Jim is safe.

  • Christy
    May 8, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    Live Hard | 2:27 p.m. May 8, 2010
    Democrats are destroying this country, thank goodness many will be removed from office in the months ahead so that we can tilt this country back on to its feet and get it going in the direction is should be going.


    Get it back in the direction it should be going? Back in the direction? You mean screaming downhill with no brakes? What a joke! Democrats are trying to FIX this country thank you very much, while the Repubs do nothing else but whine and cry and stomp their little feet and hold their collective breath.

    And just WHO do you have to offer up that could possibly beat Obama in 2012? WHO?

  • NJUT
    May 8, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    Matheson does not represent his district well or he would not be facing a challenger. He routinely refuses to meet with ordinary citizens and ducks in his car, sneaks out of back doors so he can avoid mingling with the "masses". Utahns deserve better representation in DC, someone willing to talk to them and treat them with respect. Claudia Wright has inspired voters everywhere she goes and speaks. She is attracting the attention of Republicans and Democrats alike who want government back in the hands of the people.

  • Dixie Dan
    May 8, 2010 6:15 p.m.

    Matheson showed absolutely no backbone as evidenced in his "no" vote on the health reform bill.

  • Robert in St. George
    May 8, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    Since moving to Utah I have voted for Matheson, but not this year. Whoever is his opponent will be the one who gets my vote this year. His whole silence on the Health Care Bill did him in for me. I am against the Health Care Bill and wanted Matheson to be out there but instead he hid in the closet until the absolute last minute when he needed to vote no to win in Utah. Yep, time for a change.

  • hybridbeing
    May 8, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    After viewing past performances since 2003, I am voting for any new blood to be found! All these has beens are just that! To turn all this around, don't vote for more of the same!

  • Carson
    May 8, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    Obama will be one and done, and the majority of Democrats will be voted out of office just watch and see Libs!

  • Pollyanna
    May 8, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    Does anyone know if Allen is member of U.E.A.? That would explain a lot.

  • oldschool
    May 8, 2010 3:30 p.m.

    I hope Matheson proves he is fiscally conservative by helping to rein in some of the left-wingers who are in charge of Washington now. The same people who complained that Bush was spending too much are now seemingly happy to vote to triple our deficit spending. We cannot afford to keep growing our government, especially while we at the same time discourage people from starting new companies and profiting handsomely when they DO help grow the economy.

  • christoph
    May 8, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    Who will beat Obama? His approval rating may be in the 40's, but the next closet challenger is in the teens. If everyone voted in this country, the GOP would never have won an election in the last 30 years.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder
    May 8, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    Utah Democrats trying to take advantage of GOP bloodbath, it's bleeding wide open. We'll address this this way, say, "someone from Utah", see's a Congressman, (same happens on a City or County or State level to), and says to them, " I want something in a Bill, "fair and balanced". He says ok, looks at it, writes up a ammendment to that Bill, passes it along to committee of ways and means, to TAX something, to pay for it, it's signed into law, and it's law, "however", other's around the country have to pay that "fair and balanced tax". That's not fair and balanced, now is it. When you say, quarter of the people who received the first bills to help fund Salt Lake County's contribution the new Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area did not pay them. I guess those are all the illegals that live in Utah your talking about?. After all conservatives comply with the law's, so to does the liberal's. So what's the problem?. Your right, "illegals". I did try to educate you real fast here, from an outsider that knows better. You Betcha.

  • Not_Scared
    May 8, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    Greece is Greece, and its not America. Whose the great decider of whose a republican? How as driving sane people away from the GOP helped you?

    Did Fox News tell you all the facts on Greece? I bet they didn't.

    "Wall St. Helped to Mask Debt Fueling Europe’s Crisis"

    "In 2001, just after Greece was admitted to Europe’s monetary union, Goldman helped the government quietly borrow billions, people familiar with the transaction said. That deal, hidden from public view because it was treated as a currency trade rather than a loan, helped Athens to meet Europe’s deficit rules while continuing to spend beyond its means."

    Those gosh darn socialist!

  • Still Blue after all these years
    May 8, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    Putting a RINO on the ticket is still a losing ticket. Given what the federal government is doing, we cannot afford Dem's or Repub's that believe in spending. What part of "get rid of the nanny state" is everyone not getting? Or does Greece look good to us?