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Published: Wednesday, May 12 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Lane Myer


Then remove him ethically. Two wrongs do not make a right.

If he is as bad as you think, it should not be a problem to talk enough of the fine people of Utah into voting him out.


Thomas Jefferson

I hope that the real crossover vote will be for Sam Granato. The moderates need to step up and tell the Utah GOP that we are NOT going to let the state be taken over by the fourth reich.

Lane Myer

I am not scared nor a democrat. I am an independent who used to be a republican. Because I have seen a lack of civility, honesty, principles and a win at all cost mentality from the Republican party, I resigned as a member.

You may vote in whatever primary you wish to. It is legal for you to do so. You must decided if it is ethical to vote in the democratic primary when you are not a democrat or independent. That is YOUR choice.


The only people panicking right now are dems/libs (including the "life-long Republican" posers who plan to vote for dems in the next election. No Republican with any devotion to party principles could possibly endorse continued dem party dominance and destruction of our nation.

I like Matheson a lot. I've supported him in the past, but this nation will perish unless we turn things around fast--and that requires a change in leadership.


@ Cats: don't know why you think I and Henry J are the same person (my spellcheck apparently works a lot better), or that I'm not a lifelong Republican just because I'm not a frothing Tea Partier.

As a matter of fact I started the Teen Republicans chapter at my high school way too many years ago and have worked on several Republican presidential campaigns. The fact that people like you think that being Republican means not compromising is what is most wrong with our party!


"Cross-over" votes are scummy and anybody who says otherwise is being dishonest. Limbaugh ran a campaign on his show in 2008 for Republicans in Ohio to cross-over vote for Hillary in order to oppose Obama. What Limbaugh encouraged Republican voters to do in Ohio was a fifth-degree felony in that state, punishable with a $2,500 fine and six to 12 months in jail. That is because in order to change party affiliation in Ohio, voters have to fill out a form swearing allegiance to that party's principles "under penalty of election falsification."

Republicans would decry the practice if it were employed against them. Just one more example of the hypocritical/dishonest nature of Republicans.

Furthermore, we can vote out all the incumbents but it isn't going to change the outcome until/unless we change campaign financing laws. Raising cash for campaigning has become the first job of Congress. But, there is a Fair Elections Now Act which creates public financing of campaigns as opposed to coporate donors. We should urge our leaders to support this bill and put pressure on Pelosi to bring it up for a vote.


I am a conservative who plans to vote in the 2nd District Democratic primary, for Mr Matheson. I believe he is a good man who listens to the people and represents them well. I don't care if he is a Republican or a Democrat. I think it is time we start doing what is best for the country instead of whats best for the party.


This is and has been a democrat trick, we do not need to play this game.

Bennett needed to go, Hatch needs to go.

Let the democrats present themselves as they are, and they will continue to fail on their own.

Matheson is at least somewhere close to sensible, a rarely in candidates from that side, but when the national democrats HAVE to have his vote to pass something, they will have it. They didn't need it for the Socialized Medical bill, so he was allowed to vote against it.

Brother Chuck Schroeder

What a blessing, the tea party really is working, when Hatch and Bennett got dumped, from "on the rack, and, out the door", just like a gas station and a tire change, and now political fallout from last weekend's state GOP and Democratic conventions is already starting. Well, here's even MORE FUEL for the fire. Attorney Kris Kobach with a Ivy League education who is the architect behind many of the nation's most controversial immigration laws, must cover-up then for the GOP BIG BUSINESS likes and Utah's Magnet and Sanctuary State Status for illegals and ignores it. On a mission these Mormons reach out to Hispanics, even though the Church teachs Mormons must also obey all the written laws of the land. That's Aiding and abetting a criminal under U.S. law even if they baptize them with not asking first for birth records etc. inside America. There should NEVER be any compassion on those who did choose to disobey the law. That's the truth's and that's MY VIEW. What's yours?. I am a LDS Member also. As a outsider and conservative, I say dump Hatch & Bennett.


The difference between the Atwood-Marriott race is that those cross over votes did so because they were picking who they felt was the better candidate. But now some Republicans want to vote for whom they feel is the worst candidate, thereby gaming the system.

I support open primaries and used to vote in the Republican primary when they had a contested race and the Democrats didn't. But I always voted for who I thought was the best candidate in that party. If both parties nominate the best possible candidates, then theoretically you have two good choices. But hoping your opponents come up with a bad choice puts the country at risk and is only for the selfish reason of wanting to win instead of hoping both parties will nominate qualified people worthy to represent the district.

I'll never forget hearing a local candidate say: "my opponent's a good man...I could vote for him". Unfortunately, the type of candidate with the humility to say that is in short supply.


To Cats | 5:41 a.m.

In other words, you are saying that you are not honest in all your dealings (if you wre, you would stick with the party to which you pledge allegiance). Sad.


I, for one, think this is a great idea, and an opportunity to regain this critical seat in November. We have been ambushed by the Dems with backroom plottings, ACORN, and the Minnesota fiasco that seated that braindead Al Franken in the US Senate. I encourage all interested Republicans in the 2nd District to join with me on Facebook, Republicans for Claudia Wright, in this crossover campaign.


the bottom line is Jim gets elected with republicans vote after the last time the republicans tried to redistrict him out anyway and the reason is he is a good man.

Rick for Truth

I am going to re-register and vote against Matheson, I would do it twice if I could.

Fiscal Hawk

re: Furry1993

"In other words, you are saying that you are not honest in all your dealings (if you wre, you would stick with the party to which you pledge allegiance). Sad."

My loyalty to conservative principles far outweighs my loyalty to whatever party I happen to be registered with, just like my loyalty to my spouse far outweighs my loyalty to any other member of the opposite sex. I register with a party only so I can vote, and I will VOTE AGAINST MATHESON!


WOW...people, bring down the rhetoric just a notch and chill out. Just vote for the person who you think would do the best job and let the chips fall where they may.


To Fiscal Hawk | 12:39 p.m.

Your case is different from Cats. S/he purports to be a Republican, but is advocating playing of a sleazy political game. You, being a member of no political party, would not be betraying your political affiliation by what you propose doing. I do have to admit a bit of curiosity, though -- did you attend a caucus this year or did you (like me) abstain because you didn't belong to a party?

I also am a conservative (a Goldwater conservative, not a far-right-wing authoritarian who has hijacked the conservative label). I have no political party; I cannot stomach the major parties, and find nothing of interest so far in third party alternatives. Therefore I will not be voting in the primary election because I see no reason to pretend to be something I'm not, just to play political games.

It just strikes me, though, that someone who wants a conservative representing the Second District in congress would want both a conservative Democrat and a conservative Republican in the general election and would, therefore, be trying as hard as possible to make Matheson (a conserative), the Democrat candidate.

LDS Liberal


God's Own Party would NEVER stoop so low!!!


I'll bet (shifting my eyes back and forth, moving toward the camera and speaking softer...)
I'll bet, those were LIBERAL plants at the Utah Republican caucuses last weeked
Sheeking and Yelling, and Booing,
"pretending" to be be Tea-partiers who only wanted to make Utah Republican LOOK stupid in the liberal media for the whole world to think we are a ONE party idiotic State.

But, don't take my word on it.
Look it up for yourself.
Prove me wrong, ...(hand to the side of mouth) if you can!

[sarcasm, off]


Cross over voting is certainly possible, although, and ironically that's what the changes in the convention and primary rules in the Republican party were designed to limit 20 years ago. Pragmatically it has never been an issue in any Utah election then or since.

Personally, I think destructive cross over voting is just a dirty trick that gives politics a bad name and helps create new cynics. In my opinion voters should only cross over vote if they actually support a candidate in the other party.

Both parties should be able to put forward their strongest candidates. For the good of the nation, the best and the brightest should have the best chance to be elected.

Those who don't like successful people winning elections, presumably would have supported the cultural revolution in China.


PLEASE! This makes me ill. It's turning into what the Republicans did to Romney in West Virginia during the presidential primaries. I was ashamed of the Republican party that day. Let's not stoop to that level.

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