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Published: Saturday, Oct. 30 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Esquire
Springville, UT

I'm betting this would have been your vote no matter what. Admit it.

Gordon
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Representative Matheson didn't vote for any health care reform bill. What more can you ask. Philpot is an ideologue clone like Chaffetz. He is unfit for office because he does not embrace the art of compromise and cooperation with others who have differing views. He is the embodiment of the Party of No on steroids.

CJ
Murray, UT

You are right. Matheson was ready to vote for the health bill if they needed him, he waited until the last minute to see if he could find a politically easy way out because he knew he would be skewered in Utah for supporting it. He is a Nancy Pelosi Democrat ( he voted to seat her as speaker) in the end. He also voted to delay the vote on the tax cut bill until he could find a way to weasel out of that vote as well. He needs to go, he is part of the problem in Washington.

goatesnotes
Kamas, UT

Matheson's voting behavior is easily discerned. He voted "yes" on all the procedural votes that escalated the bill to its final passage.

In fact, he's voted 93% of the time exactly the same way Nancy Pelosi did.

When it came to the final vote, however, he voted "no." Why? Because he knows that it's been moderate Republicans like me in his district who have crossed over time after time and voted to keep him in office.

He knows the demographics of his district, and he knew a "yes" vote for final passage would be political suicide. His political calculations drive his motivations for the way he votes.

In the last two years he has shown who is most important to him -- it's been the Democratic caucus and its whip count that has counted more than the will of the people in Utah.

He will never again have my vote, least of all this year when there is a viable conservative candidate who opposes him.

Morgan Philpot is the truer representative of this district, and I invite everyone else who lives in the 2nd District to defy Matheson's negativity and vote Philpot for Congress this year.

R W Beck
Sandy, Utah

Matheson seems afraid to listen. He sends form letters and has scripted telephone conference calls. My wife and I have tried to communicate with him to no avail.

We have watched and waited for any town hall type meetings where he could actually take the pulse of his base of support. We have found no such meetings.
We watched and waited for him to show leadership as Co-chair of the so called "blue dog" Democrats. In the conference calls and in letters, on TV or in his periodic mailings, his position on the Healthcare Reform was not clear. He chose to not show leadership in opposition to Healthcare Reform, but took a low profile last minute "no" vote when the bill was safely in a position to pass.

He has voted in lock-step with Madam Pelosi over 90% of the time.

Apparently while in Washington Congressman Matheson has forgotten that he has been elected to represent Utah constituents, not the Obama/Pelosi agenda. He will not have our support next week or in the future.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I love all the people talking about Matheson's voting record.

More important than what he voted for in accordance to Pelosi, what did he vote against? I want to know. At least, that's what you Repubs were saying about McCain's voting record in relation to Bush's.

But that's okay, things are always different when the shoe is on a different foot! Kinda like how deficits didn't matter while Bush was in office.

Esquire
Springville, UT

The talk about redistribution of wealth is utter nonsense. I would worry more about the concentration of wealth by the Wall Street types, if I were you. Pensions are gutted, financial services are taking money away from us, jobs are being outsourced, and who benefits? Not middle America, including Utah. Talk about redistribution of wealth.

Joe Moe
Logan, UT

Jim Matheson has been pretty good and bringing home projects and money to Utah. Utah owes him a thanks for that. But on federal policy he has been pure Democrat, and we cannot continue to tolerate that.

To all those middle-of-the-road moderate conservatives out there who have supported him in the past: the time is ripe for a change. There is too much at stake on the federal level these days, and we need more conservative voices in DC.

Pelosi's power MUST be reduced if not eliminated.

Philpot will do well.

It is true we need leaders who know the art of debate and compromise; we have too many hard-nosed folks in DC, driven by fringe supporters. Compromise is important in a republic. But we also want to approach that compromise from a strong position. Philpot moves things in that direction.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

I guess the writer didn't get the memo that all incumbents get reelected if it goes to the voters instead of the party conventions. Jim Matheson will be reelected with Republican votes in this "change" election. Nancy Pelosi will also be reelected by a wide margin by her liberal district. It continues to be a fascination how people get all riled up to "throw the bums out" but they only want to throw out other peoples bums and not their own.

Brer Rabbit
Spanish Fork, UT

If Rep Matheson has been so good why has he been afraid to meet with we the people. Why won't he expose himself to the voters personally. All we ever got were those silly teleconferences and media adds. Oh yes there was one in St. George, but that was too far away for most of us.

Philpot on the other hand has been meeting with voters all around the district. If we don't see Matheson in the district during the election cycle we can be sure that we won't see him any other time. Yes he does meet with the elites, but the rest of us are never invited.

KM
Cedar Hills, UT

Matheson = Pelosi

What more needs to be said? Matheson is just another progressive demo that will vote with the marxists (pelosi) when she needs him to.

My vote, like the good doctor, is for Philpot.

Captain Kirk
Lehi, UT


@ The Real Maverick | 9:08 a.m. Oct. 30, 2010 :

No! The policies of Bush were not OK with most Utahns. But we also knew it would be worse under Democrats. That has proven true in the last two years. There has not been a conservative party at all and that is why so many are trying to reshape the republican party.

@ Gordon | 5:52 a.m. Oct. 30, 2010 :
"Compromise" is the word that progressives use to keep moving towards more centralized power, more debt, and less freedom. All we have had for many decades now is a "compromise". We keep compromising away from good and proven principles of governance to an unsustainable mess.

We don't want candidates that compromise anymore.
That is the whole point! And it NOT extreme to stand firm on good princlples.

VIDAR
Murray, UT

Of course you are voting philpot, you live in draper, the system is working really well for you.
The question is why should someone who does not live in draper vote for the man?
And do not spout how the rich create jobs, the rich do what is best for them, they do not hire a person unless they can make money off of them.
Why do the rich not pay its workers more?

Considering
Stockton, UT

I really like Governor Scott Matheson. And Rep. Jim Matheson seemed like a reasonable moderate his first few terms. But his votes under the Democrat majority have been very troubling. And frankly, he's been in more than long enough to have made a difference, if he were going to do so.

It is time to give someone else a chance.

Utah Observer
West Jordan, Utah

Republicans will take control of the House in this election. Philpot said if elected, he will not vote for the current GOP leadership for Speaker of the House. Rather Rep. Ryan. (KBYU) Shame on him for not supporting his own Party leadership. He must be thinking something his wrong with Republicans in Congress. He shows he really his extreme in his views, even about Republicans he doesn't like

And what about Matheson. He won't be voting for Pelosi because she won't be running. So after winning the election, all this talk about Matheson = Pelosi will only be a distant memory....

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