Published: Tuesday, Aug. 16 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT
Democrats are the only party moving to the center. The tea evangelicals are
draggin the Republican party to the extreme far right corner with the Texas
Perhaps, but is Matheson voting his principles or voting to advance his
political career? The same can be said for every member of Utah's delegation.
I say it is the latter.
Mr. Matheson would never last a day in my business. I only work with people
whom I can trust ALL THE TIME to do the right thing. Doing something because it
advances a career, or because there is a political opportunity, or because the
"party leader" makes threats automatically disqualifies him. No one
with integrity straddles the fence. No one with integrity looks at the polls to
see what he can get away with.Mr. Matheson wants us to believe that
he is a true-blue Utahn and that he always does what's best for Utah - then he
votes against our conservative values to preserve his office, effectively giving
Utah one vote instead of three.Utah is not divided, so why are our
Congressmen?That is not honest. That shows no integrity. Utah can
do much better. Much better.
Mike Richards - Utah IS divided. In spite of it's Republican dominance, there
are a great many progressive-minded people in this state that do not agree with
the GOP. To insinuate otherwise is disingenuous.
Jim Matheson would never be elected to Congress from his District were it not
for the votes of many (not the majority) Republicans. That is a fact.And Alex, most of those Republicans voting for Matheson would strongly
disagree with your inference that they are "progressive-minded."
To VST | 1:39 p.m. Aug. 16, 2011 Alex didn't say that most of those
Republicans voting for Matheson were "progressive-minded." He said
that Utah IS divided and in spite of it's Republican dominance, there are a
great many progressive-minded people in this state that do not agree with the
GOP (and he was right). Those are two different things.
@Furry,In Matheson's six Congressional races dating back to 2000,
his support at the polls from Republicans voters has never been less than 20%.
In his 2008 election, 46.4% of Republicans voted for Jim. Here is
the deal. No Democrat wins at those voting levels (Congressional and
state-wide) without Republican support. As a whole, those Republicans who vote
for Democrats are neither "divided" nor "progressive-minded"
when it comes to basic core Republican concepts. If you really believe there
are that many Republican voters (46.4%), who are "progressive-minded,"
and that they "do not agree with the GOP" (your words), then you are
under a very false illusion of the philosophical makeup of the total population
of the Utah Republican party.
It will be different this time. People don't have to wait for a candidate to
tell us what he has done, we can see for ourselves. Jim Matheson
has fooled too many people for too many years. 2012 will see him standing on
the sidelines muttering about the stupidity of following Mrs. Pelosi into
"battle", when he should have been the flag carrier for Utah.As much as the small minority of Utahns would hate to admit, Utah is not
divided. Utah is the most conservative state in America, notwithstanding Jim
Matheson and his liberal voting record.
@J Thompson is correct.I would add to my previous comments, that if
elected Democrats stray too far from the basic core Republican concepts, their
Republican support at the polls will diminish and they will be defeated. Utah
as a whole is not divided; it is just a very small minority that thinks Utah is
The congress is on recess, and we have yet to see Rep Matheson out among the
people at town hall meetings. Now would be a good time to meet and greet the
folks in the 2nd District.
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