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Sen. Bob Bennett says Utah's freshman senator likely won't go to the head of the class

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  • Larry
    June 22, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    SO: We send a new man to the Congress that no one will listen to? Seems as if we have major Problems as like Illinois with the Govenors, 4 in Jail and the 5 th one in line to be sent to jail. We need some serious investigating of our Government here in Utah, Crooked as a stick.
    Crooks sitting on the Bench as Judges, The Judicial Conduct Comission refuses to work for the People and Investigate Judges. Seems that the Comission Backs the Judges. Judge Ben Hadfield in Brigham City, Utah. This Judge refuses to do his job and Convicts innocent People.
    For those of you that do not know the consequinces, This ruins Peoples lives forever.
    Most of you should not be making post!

  • Elk1970
    June 22, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    It seemed Bridgewater went way too negative. He refused to talk about his past record of earmarks, etc.

    I'm leaning towards Mike Lee.

  • joe5
    June 22, 2010 8:47 a.m.

    cynic: So you tell me where the checks and balances, the foundation for our form of government, comes from. You didn't even bother to address those points.

    Where is the states voice in Washington? Who is there to fight the Feds bulldozing, heavy-handed approach to government?

    And where is the balancing voice in Congress that can look past the headline issues and daily polls to see a longer-term perspective? Why two completely redundant houses of Congress instead of just one? What does the other add in the current scheme?

  • cynic
    June 22, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    @joe5:
    "I know this will go over most heads..."
    LOL, in other words, "I'm smarter and know more than all you other goofs."

    Sorry to disappoint, Joe, but this didn't go over my head, it just made me laugh. You have your facts so wrong it's pathetic.

    Having the state legislatures elect Senators didn't protect the integrity of the federal government, it DESTROYED it. When you place the election of a senator in the hands of a few state legislators, you create a situation that is ripe for corruption, bribery, backroom dealings, and intense disagreements. Before the 17th Amendment, these problems were commonplace in the selection of Senators. As a result, there were numerous challenges to the elections, based on significant evidence of corruption, and many states went for months or even years without a Senator being seated.

    Is that your idea of integrity?

  • joe5
    June 22, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    I know this will go over most heads but one way to help resolve the problems in government is to repeal the 17th Amendment.

    Senators used to be representatives of the states - "statesmen" if you will who could rise above the political fray. Citizens were represented in the House of Representatives. The 17th amendment ruined out system of checks and balances.

    There are no checks and balances between the two houses of Congress since the two chambers of Congress represent the same constituency through popular vote. And as we have seen over the last century, Congress unchecked is really ruining our form of government.

    There are no checks and balances between the states and the federal government because the states no longer have a voice in Washington. And as we have seen over the last century, federal government unchecked is enslaving its citizens.

    Like many things, it is counter-intuitive, but having Senators appointed by state legislatures helped to protect the integrity of the federal government.

  • rawlshea
    June 22, 2010 6:41 a.m.

    Utah Republicans' action their shout out, aka convention captured a truism about the way we think.
    That is, most people think they know what they know, and know what they don't know. But, there is an important third category not recognized by most, not knowing what we don't know. I raise this spector since the latest round of would be patriots are fond of declaring what the founders of this country "believed or intended". However, the real truth is no one can really know. And, thus, we need to use contemporary concepts founded on important principles - Is it fair? Is it just? How would I be treated if I were not in an advantaged position.
    The sad part about Senator Bennett's defeat is simple, he is a wise man who cares about people and our system. He made a difference. The wantabe replacements are going to take valuable time educating themselves at our expense, and in the meantime Utah loses out. Perhaps, a just desert.

  • uvbogden
    June 21, 2010 10:00 p.m.

    It's true that the seniority and Party dominance system in Congress makes it hard for newcomers. Rather than submit to it, let's get rid of this "good-ole-boy" power structure once and for all! Why should any duly elected congressperson (representing his/her constituents) have any more or less power to accomlish things or have any less of a voice. Under the current system, certain constituencies are valued more highly than others--this is un-American!

    One Jason Chaffetz in Congress may be able to do little, but what if we had hundreds of Jason Chaffetzs in Congress! The point is, you have to start somewhere and Jason was our point man. We now need to add to that by electing Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, and hundreds of other true conservatives across the land. We are definitely rising up to take back our country.

  • MMeli-'Akau'ola
    June 21, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    May the best man win!

  • goatesnotes
    June 21, 2010 8:09 p.m.

    Senator -- the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. And Utah has taken its first step away from you because it was time to move on.

  • uvbogden
    June 21, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    It would obviously be best for Utahns to send Tim Bridgewater to Washington to continue Bennett's tax and spend, big-government ways. Bridgewater's extensive background in obtaining government grants, earmarks and stimulus funds would give him a tremendous advantage were he to be assigned to the Finance Committee, where he would play an active role in dispensing government largesse to political cronies.

    Bridgewater's political skills are also apparently superior to those of Mike Lee. He has deftly distracted attention from his indefensible record, to conjured, false allegations against Lee. Tim has also demonstrated remarkable political acumen in negotiating impressive endorsements in true, "quid pro quo", "politics as usual" fashion, assuring Utahns the continuation of a rich political heritage in our country.

    Despite the fact that both Mike Lee & Tim Bridgewater have stated similar views on a great many issues, I applaud the liberals for astutely recognizing and endorsing Bridgewater as the most "reasonable" and progressive of the Republican candidates.

  • familyofsix
    June 21, 2010 6:00 p.m.

    Senator Bob, that's just a bad argument. You are actually making the case for exactly why you needed to go. We need term limits more now than ever, so there are no mafia style negotiations and backroom deals because of seniority, etc. If both houses of Congress are limited to no more than 12 years or service (as Mike Lee is proposing), then we'd actually have a cleaner and clearer voice of the people. Thanks for your many years of service Bob, but it's time for you to move on. Mike is the right choice here.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder
    June 21, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    Can YOU believe this that Sen. Bob Bennett says Utah's freshman senator likely won't go to the head of the class, WELL what if I said BECAUSE of Bennett, your tax dollars supports large payoffs to the Taliban?. You don't believe it?. Billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are fuelling corruption in Afghanistan and funding the insurgency, according to a six-month investigation by the House subcommittee on National Security and Foreign affairs. Committee investigators found that private contractors in Afghanistan have been paying local warlords, criminals, government officials and a list of others for security on Afghanistan's roads, to get much needed supplies to U.S and NATO bases. But even worse, anecdotal evidence indicates that U.S. tax dollars are also going into the hands of the Taliban, who own many of the roads and areas through which the trucking convoys have to pass. THINK AGAIN. That would mean that the U.S. is literally funding the enemy, as violence escalates daily in Afghanistan and more U.S soldiers and Marines are dying than ever before in this war. Thanks too YOUR Hatch and Bob Bennett.





    ANY QUESTION'S from this outsider?.

  • Instereo
    June 21, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    Utah can feel good voting for either Bridgewater or Lee but Granato will have a better chance at doing something in the senate then either of the former two.

  • ersorenson
    June 21, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    @Samuel Adams

    Don't blame Bennett for pointing out how things work. Term limits are in place and Utah Republicans have chosen to start afresh with a bright new face. Let's see how it works. Let's see how popular a national sales tax is. Let's see how much Federal entitlement money can come to Utah. Utah, like most small western states doesn't have much clout because we have such a small population. For those who want to shake up Washington, that's OK, only you just shook up Utah, not Washington.

  • VIDAR
    June 21, 2010 4:16 p.m.

    Re: sonofliberty

    You're leaping over the hedge before you come to the stile (Don Quixote)
    If you want to fix things, start with our own state of Utah. Our republican dominated state legislator, aka THE EMPIRE, has refused to pass any meaningful ethics law.
    They also refuse to stop taking bribes: jazz tickets, free golf course time, elaborate and expensive dinner ect.
    In fact the empire has the audacity to say that the bribes do not influence them whatsoever.
    A ban of anything of any value should be instated immediately; they have shown that they will weasel around anything else.
    Before we as a small state, clean house, we need term limits for senators, then getting rid of ours, will not hurt us as a state so much.
    Keep tilting at windmills!!!

  • Eliot
    June 21, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    If I wanted a guy like Tim Bridgewater in the Senate I would have voted for Bob Bennett in the convention.

  • Furry1993
    June 21, 2010 4:00 p.m.

    To tq2 | 3:19 p.m. June 21, 2010

    ***But, Bob Bennett, at least Mike or Tim will make the right votes . . .***

    The right vote for the people of Utah, or the right vote for their masters? Both are owned by the tea party. Lee is owned, and is a shill for, Energy Solutions. I don't want either of them -- neither would be good for the people of Utah. Lee would just be worse than Bridgewater.

  • tq2
    June 21, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    But, Bob Bennett, at least Mike or Tim will make the right votes, and they will not be the minority party by the time the winner is sworn in. Obama and the Democrats are such a disaster, they'll be lucky to get any votes in November. They have done nothing for the economy, nothing! They have done much to indebt us, much in taking away individual liberties and freedoms, and much at screwing up just about everything they have touched. Did I mention securing our borders? Oh yeah, that's one they refuse to do. I will never vote for another Democrat--ever!

  • SonOfLiberty
    June 21, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    Re: VIDAR

    It is an uphill battle, but a battle we should fight nonetheless.

    Term limits...I agree.

    Tea Party...means too many things to too many people. If you're referring to those who believe in limited, republican government (little r, not big R) as established by our Constitution, then I'm for it.

    I agree that a single senator can't make a difference. However, if Americans principled in true limited government from around the nation voted for similar candidates we'd be a lot closer to the return to limited government. Rather than throw our collective hands in the air, I'd prefer to fall on the side of electing principled leaders.

    Washington is CURRENTLY corrupt...but it wasn't always so. If we return to the Constitutional republic set up by our founders (though not a "perfect" system) we could rid ourselves of much of the corruption.

    If the federal government only performed the 20 specifically enumerated powers in the Constitution, you wouldn't have nearly the same level of bribes since there would be fewer reasons for them to be given.

    Did I mention we should return to our original constitutionally formed limited government?

  • Cougar Blue
    June 21, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    To stanard. Oh yes, Mr. Lee will team up nicely with Marcos Rubio. Rubio has more problems than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. He's the one that went on a spending spree with the party credit card. And now, his home is being foreclosed because he, let's see now, how the conservatives put putting it, he bought more than he could chew. Financial guru? I laugh out loud.

  • Mike in Sandy
    June 21, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    I'm confused...

    I got a recorded message from Tim Bridgewater, and he asked for my vote, and told me HE was going to make the difference, save the world, etc.

    Then, I get a recorded message from Mike Lee, saying pretty much the same things.

    Guess I'll let these two throw hissy fits, and watch the loser fall to the Democrat.

  • VIDAR
    June 21, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    Re: sonofliberty

    First thing you do is push and get passed a constitutional amendment establishing term limits for senators, even if they are limited to two terms, that is still 12 years.
    The Tea party movement instead chose to become a joke and farce.
    It is naive to think a single senator is going to go back to Washington and single handed change everything.
    The entire Washington political system is designed to corrupt, and turn the representatives into politicians.
    How long will they deny themselves the perks, and money/bribes that will be thrown at them every day?
    And they are there for six years, the political climate is going to be different in six years, statistically they can stay there for as long as they want, once the “tea party” experiment goes the way of the dodo bird.
    If we want to fix things, let’s start with our own state and pass an ethics law and ban on any gifts/bribes to our own states legislator.


  • VIDAR
    June 21, 2010 2:03 p.m.

    What is missing from the whole “tea party” group is basic common sense.
    They are against government pork and bailouts; but most of them have benefitted from the bailouts, It’s not for the average citizen that the banks were bailed out, but to protect the assets of the rich; Accounts were only insured up to $250,000 if a bank fails.
    They are against Obama care; but turn around and claim Medicare, is their entitlement.
    They carry around signs that say “keep the government out of my social security” and
    Most of the Tea partiers do not understand how hysterical-hypocritical the sign is to others.
    Now the republicans (who are already losing power) are getting rid of all their representatives that are in power.
    This type of political cannibalism is terrible for our state right now, and is not what the majority of voters in this state wanted.
    What the tea partiers should have been doing is pushing for is a constitutional amendment limiting terms of senators.
    And then vote the senior senators out of office.
    Unfortunately tea partiers have the common sense, and patience, of spoiled four year olds.

  • SonOfLiberty
    June 21, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    Re: VIDAR, homers, and cynic

    Bob Bennett claims this would have been his last term, then he'd retire from the senate in 2016. So wouldn't we be in these unfortunate, powerless circumstances in 2016 anyway?

    If this is how the game is to be played (elect those only with seniority)...all in the name of money...why don't we just do away with six/two year terms altogether and give senators/congressmen lifetime appointments? Then we wouldn't have to worry about losing our fair share of federal money...ever!!

    Oh drat...there's one problem. As far as I know, no one has figured out how to cheat death yet. Foiled again!!

    I guess we'll have to take it up with God since he may not understand the seniority and money we would lose by allowing such things to happen!!

    Either that, or revert back to electing principled leaders who understand the proper role of LIMITED govenrment.

  • cynic
    June 21, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    @Samuel Adams:
    Look, I didn't make the rules, and I'm not enforcing them. I'm just telling you the way it is. Attacking the messenger by calling it silly democrat reasoning won't change the reality. If telling the truth and suggesting an effort to work within the existing system is silly democrat reasoning, then denying the truth, making vain attempts to change the system, and blaming your opponents for your failure is typical conservative reasoning.

  • Samuel Adams
    June 21, 2010 1:19 p.m.


    Re: VIDAR, cynic, homers,

    So only entrenched people in Congress get things done, huh? So your way would be perhaps to make it a lifetime appointment. Maybe we could make it a royalty thing where the congressional seat stays in the family after the old codgers pass on. I mean we certainly can't afford to lose $1 of federal funding. Silly democrat reasoning.

    New people make an impact all the time, especially when they work together.

    If anything, Bennett's coments are a fantastic arguement for TERM LIMITS instead of business as usual.

  • VIDAR
    June 21, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    It’s not only that the new senator will not be in a position to do anything for Utah.
    They also will not be in any position to protect Utah either.
    Plan on the democrats picking Utah apart for the next several years.
    Plan on more of our land becoming a “National Monument”
    Also plan on our water going to other states.
    No more federal funds, plan on the great republican Utah budget going bye bye (Utah has been subsidizing our state budget for year with federal funds)
    With all the Ultra-conservative talk how we do not want the money, plan on us getting none of it, even if the new senator sees reality, and ask.
    Why should they care what we think, we are a small western state, with diminishing power?
    We do not vote for them anyway.
    I also want every delegate that did not vote for Bennett, to personally write to the State of Utah, a one Million Dollar check, for the money Utah is now going to lose in federal funds.
    Put your money where your mouth is!!!

  • homers
    June 21, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    cynic - I guess I am a cynic too but I agree with you wholeheartedly. In Congress you can compromise or accomplish absolutely nothing short of renaming the local post office. The really important legislation is all handled by the old pros and most states aren't throwing out their old pros. 15 out of 34 seats will change hands -at the most - and of those 15 most have served less than Bennett. All this anger for such a small amount of change.

  • cynic
    June 21, 2010 12:05 p.m.

    You people are pretty funny. This is not Bob Bennett's sour grapes. He's telling you the truth, and he is joined in that truth by the editor of a respected non-partisan political report and by political experts at both the University of Utah and BYU. You can disagree or criticize all you want, but prepare to face reality. Your new senator will have 2 choices when he gets to Washington: stick to his radical ideological stands and accomplish nothing of value for Utah, or learn to compromise and accomplish slightly more but incur the same ire Bennett did. Either way, in a few years, you'll be complaining about his performance, and you'll want to replace him with someone else who will do even less. Enjoy that.

  • Hellooo
    June 21, 2010 11:40 a.m.

    At the margins when one vote is needed to move out of committee or pass a vote on the floor, it doesn't matter if you have been there five minutes or 50 years, you have power. And, why do our legislators negate our rightful representation by making it a seniority based system just more evidence of the need to have consistent and constant change and turn over in our legislative representatives. Very much like good compost, good representation requires frequent turn over or it starts to smell.

  • stanard
    June 21, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    Tim Bridgewater will have a VERY hard time since he has been actively attacking Senator DeMint in this race now as well for supporting Mike Lee. Bridgewater has almost no chance of being able to work with the Conservatives in the Senate.

    Bridgewater might be able to fit in with the RINO's and progressives Republicans in the Senate, but he's shot himself in the foot with the Conservatives. It just shows Bridgewater will do anything to win this race, even if it means ruining his chances of "looking" like a conservative once he gets there.

    Mike Lee is the true conservative, with a strong conservative coalition with Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Ken Buck, Sharon Angle, and more.

    I have not seen an election this negative and nasty since the last time Tim Bridgewater ran for office.

  • Russ
    June 21, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    Why always the calls for a moderate republican. Washington was correct, the parties do nothing but hurt the people and keep themselves in power and aggrandize themselves.

  • Hanksboy
    June 21, 2010 10:43 a.m.

    Especially don't expect much if Mike Lee happens to win the seat. His self-righteous piety would marginalize him even more than the typical freshman. The first time he took out his pocket-sized constitution and started waving it like he was the only who believed in and followed it he'd be shunted aside like a dust bunny in the supply room. IMO, the only reasonable GOP candidate is Tim Bridgewater. Barring that alternative I'll support Sam Granato.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
    June 21, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    The last sentence was very troubling. We shouldn't stand up for our ideals because it might cost us future growth??

    Yeah values don't really matter. Let's just do whatever we have to do to get ahead.

  • owlmaster2
    June 21, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    AWWW Cats 8:11am-- I agree with you about SENIORITY.
    But what confuses me is why you talk throwing away seniority and in the same breath asking for the defeat of Matheson to throw away more seniority....
    You people just don't get it and because you don't get it Utah will remain a joke to the rest of the nation.

  • Sal
    June 21, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    Vote for Bridgewater as a signal to the right-wing extremists who voted out Bennett. I attended my neighborhood caucus. There was no room for a moderate Republican in that meeting. We need to change the system so that all Republicans have a chance to vote. The caucus meetings eliminate those who have to work at night; those who can't get babysitters, etc. A two-hour meeting is not a fair system. A 12-hour period of voting opens up the system to more voters.

  • Fitness Freak
    June 21, 2010 9:14 a.m.

    Bailout Bob is referring to the way things have been done in D.C. for the last 40 yrs. The new crop of political servants will have probably noticed that if THEY don't act in the best interests and/or follow the constitution THEY will be fired also!

  • Samuel Adams
    June 21, 2010 8:56 a.m.


    Senator Bennett's sour grapes are old and stale. Time for him to go buy a Fishing License and leave the politics to the new and refreshing folks. Things in Congress take time to change, true, but as the rubish gets flushed out of Wahington, things will change.

  • 1776
    June 21, 2010 8:35 a.m.

    The most troubling part of this article was the last sentence. "...taking ideological stands 'may not be the best strategy for Utah's future growth.'"

    So, don't take an "ideological stand" because we might lose money? Really?

    Why didn't he just say what he really meant..."sit down and shut up."

    In the words of American Patriot Samuel Adams, "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!"

    Now is a time to stand up and be heard. The animating contest of freedom didn't end in 1787, but is ongoing.

    History has shown that there have always been those who are interested in gaining power and control over his fellow men...sometimes out of contempt for his subjects, and other times under the guise of forcing his subjects do what he feels is the right thing. Tyranny is tyranny, whatever the motivation.

    DON'T TREAD ON ME

  • common sense55
    June 21, 2010 8:29 a.m.

    You know Obama was right with one thing he said, it's time for a change. I can't see why Bennett would make his argument that we need an experienced senator. The reason why Bennett is out in the first place is he wasn't much of a conservative. It's not that i didn't like Bennett, but we just need more of conservative values to achieve our goals of becoming a debt free America...which won't happen for years to come after what this administration has done. If you keep electing the same people, they keep doing the same things.

  • Cats
    June 21, 2010 8:11 a.m.

    As one who has spent many years on Capitol Hill, I can tell you Bennett is right. SENIORITY IS VERY IMPORTANT. Utah threw all that seniority away. Now we'll have to deal with it.

    Having said that. Both men are great and either one would be a great representative. I met Mike Lee years ago and, I must say, I was very impressed with him.

    However, I think Tim Bridgewater's experience in business would be a real plus. We need businessmen and women who understand how things work. We already have Senator Hatch who is a constitutional expert. A businessman would be a good complement to him.

    Having said all of that, I encourage all Republicans in the second district to cross ticket and vote for Claudia Wright. If we can take Matheson out early, it will really be a lot easier to win that seat in the fall. That's our only chance to get Pelosi out of the speakership.

    LET'S GET RID OF PELOSI BY GETTING RID OF MATHESON!!!!!

  • ljeppson
    June 21, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    These two guys are terrifying middle aged and elderly with their plans to cut off their life support. Granato should have a wide playing field here no matter which one the Republicans select. The questions is this: will middle aged LDS vote religion or their pocketbooks? Stay tuned, to say the least.

  • Moderate
    June 21, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    For a real example, check out Jason Chaffetz. He has sponsored some legislation, all of it has a status of "referred to committee".

    He hasn't made a dent in the deficit.

    He hasn't rolled back any provisions of health care.

    An honest assessment is that Jason Chaffetz hasn't made any difference. Its not that he's not trying. He wants to make a difference. But he's the "new guy". Our new senator will face the same challenge.

  • L Anderson
    June 21, 2010 7:52 a.m.

    We need change in Washington now more than ever. We don't need 'career' politicians. I think in the years to come you will see more and more new policies. And in time 'the junior senators' will make a difference. Changing the way Washington works will be a long road, but not impossible.
    For now, we have to get our spending in check, and try to get back to the Constitution. Bob Bennett would do neither. Jason Chaffetz is doing a great job.

  • Russ
    June 21, 2010 7:51 a.m.

    So, we should continue to put up with your corruption instead Senator? I think it is wonderful that you are being cast out of office, it is time for you to go. Bye, Bye, don't let the the door hit ya, etc.

  • Wayne Rout
    June 21, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Looking at what the "experienced" in the Senate have done to this country, a change can only be better. The two Utah Senators have been "friends" with the Democrats. They have been too willing to surrender values. I can't understand how any rational Republian can associate with Ted Kennedy or write songs to praise him. At least Bennett never wrote any songs or wanted to appear at the Democrat convention.

  • Elk1970
    June 21, 2010 7:48 a.m.

    Utah_1 - That copy / paste is getting tiring...

  • Esquire
    June 21, 2010 6:16 a.m.

    Vote for whomever you want in the primary, I guess. Bennett is right, which is why Utah Republicans were short-sighted if they wanted to do what was in Utah's best interest. In the general election, Utah can vote for a non-player or vote for someone who can get something done. The non-player would be the Republican. A Democrat elected in Utah will have immediate credibility, like Scott Brown from Massachusetts. But, Utah is a one party state, unfortunately, and doesn't know how to leverage itself very well. The two Republican candidates are not pragmatic but are ideologues, and that will get Utah nothing in a legislative environment.

  • My2Cents
    June 21, 2010 5:26 a.m.

    This article only reveals how the attitude of Washington has become corrupted. Bennett has not said one thing that is related to the good of the country, it's all about state greed. Senators are in power to work as a unit to resolve federal issues and state representation. The current legislators in Washington spend too much time as bankers and financial brokers.

    Every thing Bennett has brought up is about money, not security, the economy, and government overspending and bankrupting the nation. Bennett's generation has been responsible for jobs lost and cheap and illegal labor and mindless greed. The Senator's job is not just about a single state, it's about the entire nation.

    Regardless of if any of the new people get on any committee's, they still have a vote on policy and what these committees propose. New faces and new minds are what will make the difference in the national economy and not just in Utah. Chavets has been a prime example of what a single new face can do in Washington. At this point in time, uniting the country and controlling spending is the goal.

  • afraidofstupidity
    June 21, 2010 2:00 a.m.

    Mike Lee

    @Utah_1 Do you mean Bridgewater agreeing to pay off Cherilyn Eager's campaign debt? That's how he treated her with more respect?

    My vote has nothing to do with endorsements, and has everything to do with the fact that Mike Lee actually can start making an influence when he gets to the Senate. Mike Lee already has a planned coalition of senators from around the country that he will work with right away. While he recognizes the point that this article makes, he's also aware that he needs a coalition to bring about the changes that Utahn's really want.

    Mike Lee has my vote.

  • Utah_1
    June 21, 2010 12:01 a.m.

    Tim Bridgewater

    I have watched Tim for over a year, and I believe he is the best US Senate candidate in the primary. Tim's attitude and methods and his actions have impressed me. Words alone are not enough.

    The fact that Cherilyn Eagar endorsed Tim Bridgewater, and Bob Bennett endorsed Bridgewater, in my mind, has more to do with how the Bridgewater campaign treated those two campaigns with greater respect than Eagar and Bennett agreeing with Bridgewater on issues.

    Bridgewater has my vote.