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Published: Monday, Oct. 18 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I and many friends had a interest in voting for Mr. Corroon but as mentioned the negative comments changing many votes. The plus side of Mr. Carroon was his stand on illegal immigration. Had he addressed this with a clearer message of what he would do if elected he may have gained more votes. He runs a tight program which I like, he has mentioned his concerns on illegal immigration which he out-lined a more definitive direction. Our current Governor has gone the same direction most politicians are doing which IS nothing trying to pacify the voters to be re-elected. Instead of caving into the illegal propontents who push for illegal immigration we need people who stand up for the law and the country. We are weak and looking at our current Governor and elected offcials State, City and in Washington we are in trouble. Why is it so hard to follow the law of the land. We don't need to cater to people who break our laws, but we do and they are getting stronger while we pay with giving them benefits some of our citizens fail to get. We need leaders who represent AMERICANS.

Provo, UT

Going negative is the act of a desperate candidate.

I just don't understand why he wants to ruin his reputation for future races. He has no chance to win this and he's just causing everyone in the state to lose respect for him. He has to look ahead to his future and he's wrecking that by these stupid ads.

Eagle Mountain, UT

I have to agree that the negative tone in Mayor Corroon's advertisements where a turn-off. I use to respect the Mayor as the Mayor. He seemed fair and was doing a good job. In his run for governor his innuendos could not be proven and make him seem like just any sleazy, desperate politician. I no longer hold a positive opinion of the Mayor.

Layton, UT

They are both terrible candidates, IMO. What a sad state of affairs we are in with regard to our local politics. I intend to vote for the independent candidate purely on priciple.

Ex-Pat of Zion
Lititz, PA

Double standard in Utah (and elsewhere) still going strong. I don't agree with negative campaigns, but the right is waging a no holds barred assault on the democrats.

The new republican (doesn't matter whether in or out of the Church)reminds me a lot of the king men. Leaders on the right are not doing a thing to help the "chief judge" and "glad in their hearts" at the failing policies.

The excuse "we're doing this to protect our children's future" is lame. First, what you ARE teaching them is a lack of respect for authority. Democrats aren't immune (re: Rocky)either, but remember when your kid snaps back at you the source of that education. Second, living on the edge with respect to spending (democrats)or natural resources depletion (republicans) robs your children of a secure future one way or another.

Admittedly broad generalizations, but the net so cast is, in my opinion, representative.

Kaysville, UT

I was very open to listening to what Corroon had to say because frankly I have not been over impressed with Herbert but, for better or worse, I do prefer a candidate who sticks to the issues. Comparing Herbert to Blago is in my opinion ludicrous and even if it wasn't, tell me what you believe Peter, tell me what you are going to do. So far all you have said is what is so wrong about Herbert but that says nothing about what is so right (or left) about you.

Stick to the issues, very simple. It is a bit refreshing that the negatives haven't worked because there is nothing more lame than when both candidates engage in total negativity as we don't learn anything about what they are going to do.

Salt Lake City, UT

Two weeks is a lifetime in a political campaign, my hope is that both candidates will continue to reach out to the genearal population and inspire participation. It is hard to inspire when mud is being flung, the electorate is disillusioned by politics that lack hope and vision.

Murray, UT

Gary Herbert may not be impressive, but he is effective. Give me a workhorse over a showhorse any day.

Provo, Utah

I thought the Rod B. comparison was about as mature as an elementary school ground scuffle. Sometimes I just wonder at the intellect and wisdom of our politicians, especially someone like Corroon. Most of us expect a lot more than that.

London, United Kingdom

This isn't specifically a comment on this race, but I do wonder why the Des News continues to use Dan Jones and Associates for its own polls when Dan Jones is retained by one of the campaigns it is reporting on. Are you not worried about conflicts of interest? I know campaigns well enough to know that pollsters are not independent parties viewing the state of the race. They have agendas, too. Let's say the negative campaigning was working. Wouldn't Dan Jones (Herbert's pollster) have an incentive to make Caroon's camp think it wasn't working? or to make people who are responding to Caroon's negative campaigning think that their neighbors are not? I wish the Des News would find outside pollsters for races when Dan Jones has taken a side.

And, for the record, I am a Republican and don't have any gripes against Dan Jones and Assoc.--I just wish we had more independent reporting.

Toquerville, UT

Plus...Corroon is a Democrat, and because of what the Democrats (Obama/Reid/Pelosi/Matheson) have done to this country, I will never vote for another Democrat--ever! They should all be ashamed of themselves.

Wasatch Al
West Jordan, UT

Do you remember when Herbert implied that Corroon was trying to destroy the LDS seminary program and that his children attend "Catholic" schools. Isn't Herbert playing the "religion" card? Herbert seems to be in over his head as governor, even letting UDOT pull off the $13 million dollar giveaway with little oversight. We need a stronger governor.

Salt Lake City, UT

How can two men with the same political beliefs, but from different political parties run against each other? Make a fuss and hope something sticks!!

Salt Lake City, UT

I listened to the debate between the two candidates as they discussed public school funding. Coroon had much to say about Herbert's alleged failure to properly fund education. Unfortunately, Coroon neglected to mention what he would do to rectify this. Will he increase our taxes to do this? If not, what existing programs would he eliminate in order to put more funds into education? It's easy to criticize, but much more difficult to suggest a solution.

Roy, UT

The fact is simple, when you can't beat a Conservative successful platform, the thing to do is slander the candidate. When that backfires, YOU WIDEN THE GAP, then you lose even worse than you would have otherwise. Too bad!

Salt Lake City, UT

‘Matheson, Corroon oppose Utah accepting blended N-waste’ — By Amy Joi O’Donoghue — DSNews — 10/17/10

‘Herbert's spokeswoman, Angie Welling (sic) also added that if standards cannot be met to ensure the health and safety of the public, the depleted uranium that has arrived in Utah will be moved elsewhere, according to an agreement brokered with federal regulators.’

Herbert has allowed 5,000 barrels of blended, depeleted uranium waste into Utah. His 'defense' is that more has not come.

And yet, we are unsure if it is even safe.

Corroon has been against it.

This may sound like mud slinging.

However, I have not fabricated any of this. It is all based on facts, printed by this very paper.

Vote as you like. Research the canidates.

I know were my vote goes.

Salt Lake City, UT

Fact: Negative campaigning NEVER works.

Hanksboy - I agree with you. Corroon has OUTED his character.

I have directed 3 landslide winning campaigns even when the candidate had dropped in the polls below his opponent. Sadly, the way Corroon's campaigning is going now, he's going to lose. I'm a democrat who wants a democrat as Governor, but not this way, not when Corroon is playing this way.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

Corroon had two things working against him; he's a Demo. in a VERY DOMINANTLY Republican state.

He raised taxes....(fees).

Now he can add a 3rd thing: He runs negative campaign ads.

South Jordan, UT

Corroon has solidified his position in my mind as a mudslinger. That, combined with his weak ethics displayed by the semi-legal police tax make me really want to work to make sure someone else is elected as our next County Mayor.

Walt Nicholes
Orem, UT

Someone in the Corroon campaign - a trusted advisor of some sort I guess - gave Mayor Corroon the advice to go negative. Whoever they are, they should now be fired. If the Mayor fired that person publicly, and apologized for the damage that was done I think he could pick up 15 points in the polls. (I think that the people are just looking for ANY excuse not to vote for Herbert.)

As far as comparing Herbert to Blago - that was just stupid. In fact, it reflects the slash-and-burn of Chicago politics. It is Corroon's advisors, and not Hebert, that are doing things the "Chicago Way." I wonder if Corroon got any of this advice from the national party?

"All politics are local" Tip O'Neil used to say. Corroon needs to campaign the Utah way - whether he likes it or not.

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