I think Leavitt actually took a job with the EPA first and then later took the
cabinet position over Health and Human Services. I also admit that I might be
mistaken.In regards to Walker, she would have been great as a
full-term governor. She was conservative yet not strident in her positions.
She would have been friendlier to education and public education in Utah
wouldn't be in crisis.
Gov. Walker did it all -- homemaker, business person, legislator, lt. governor,
governor, educator and now primary president. Congrats to the reporter who so
ably captured her true legacy. Walker and Leavitt -- those where the years.
I have admired Governor Walker for years. I was pulling for her to win the
nomination. I would have voted for her, and I'm a Democrat.I still
admire her...80 years old and she is Primary President!! WOW! You go
She was unfortunately thrown under the bus by the Republican Party delegates at
the convention for being against vouchers and for not being conservative enough.
Of all the governors in this state since I came here in 1978 she is my second
favorite one, behind Scott Matheson. Both put Utah before politics, when push
came to shove.
Gov. Walker is indeed a wonderful person humble, patient and brilliant. I am so
glad that she is watching over my children in primary every week. She is an
amazing example of service integrity and class.
Gov. Walker is a unique class act with no modern equal. An "elect
lady" and inspiration to all who know her.
A student once asked me what was meant by the term "hatchet piece." I
believe I'll save this article as an example. Look at that former governors
Walker and Huntsman are doing now. Walker is teaching Sunday school, and
Huntsman is running for president. BOTH ARE WORTHWHILE ACTIVITIES. Walker and
Huntsman served the state well, and I wish them both well on their chosen paths.
Just because we don't have a woman holding statewide office at the moment does
not mean that our state isn't ready to elect a woman as governor. It simply
means that no woman with the credentials and political philosophy that we
support has run for governor. I will not vote for someone based solely on their
gender, race, or religion. I would not withold support based on any of those
qualities, either. I look for the most capable individual whose experience,
character and ideas fit with what I believe politically. I resent
the demeaning attitude toward Utah voters expressed in this article, implying
that we just aren't "ready" to elect a woman governor because we
somehow just don't understand how capable women are. Hogwash!
The statement "she stood tough for education" implies that those who
support vouchers are not supportive of education. That is not the case, voucher
supporters are very concerned about education, they are simply looking for
alternatives to the status quo in education. Many people would agree that there
are aspects of public education that are not beneficial to many children.
P.S.- I love GRANDMA OLENE!
@AlanSutton ... The information is correct. He took over HHS about a year or two
afterward taking over EPA.
Olene Walker is a true leader. She choose to do what was best for the state,
not what was politically expedient. We could use a few Olene Walkers both at
the state and national level. She always put people before politics, and she is
right about the lip service to education as the current Republican leaders cut
the financial support. Best wishes to a classy women who truly cared about her
Olene Walker represents the best of Utahns, especially its women. Such a sad
thing that we are controlled by the right wing Republicans who have learned how
to manipulate the state's politics.
I liked Olene Walker, and I wish she had won the election to serve a full term
after succeeding Mike Leavitt.By the way, the article incorrectly
states that Governor Leavitt took charge of the Environmental Protection Agency
when he left Utah; he was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services.