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
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.
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.
Re: BActually 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 Rate1 NORTH
DAKOTA 4.02 SOUTH DAKOTA 4.83 NEBRASKA 5.04 KANSAS
6.54 VERMONT 6.56 OKLAHOMA 6.67 IOWA 6.88 HAWAII
6.98 LOUISIANA 6.910 NEW HAMPSHIRE 7.011 MONTANA
7.112 UTAH 7.2
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Re: CatsYes, 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Maybe Republicans should flood the Democratic primary to vote for Wright. If she
wins the primary, she's a sure loser in November.
The most important thing Utahns can do this year is to send Matheson packing.
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.
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?
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.
Matheson showed absolutely no backbone as evidenced in his "no" vote on the
health reform bill.
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
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!
Obama will be one and done, and the majority of Democrats will be voted out of
office just watch and see Libs!
Does anyone know if Allen is member of U.E.A.? That would explain a lot.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?