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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 16 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

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 Governor.

Springville, UT

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.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Bountiful, UT

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."

Clearfield, UT

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.

Bountiful, UT


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.

J Thompson

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.

Bountiful, UT

@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 divided.

Brer Rabbit
Spanish Fork, UT

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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