When I woke up this morning, I thought the most remarkable thing happening was
Rep. Chaffez opening up his Salt Lake Co. Office. I am still in
amazed at this announcement. Tim is a very nice man with lots of good ideas. I
wish him well no matter what he does. I am glad for another choice
for US senate 2010.
How many office's is Bridgewater going to run for? Why was he running for state
party chair if he was just planning on dropping out? It all seems a bit
disingenuous to me.
Could it be that Tim has so much support that delegates were asking him to run
for Bennett's seat instead?
His twitter account says he will make a statement in the morning. In the mean
time, I will give him the benefit of the doubt.
At least Tim won't have to move to qualify for the election like he did last
time. Man, when will Merrill Cook be throwing his hat in the ring??
What this means is there will be at least 3 major contenders for the GOP
nomination if Shurtleff formally announces on the 20th. Tim has a strong
delegate following, as will Shurtleff and now the problem for Bennett will be he
may now be defeated in convention in a 3 way split of the delegates. Tim may
have realized that Dave Hansen is just too popular with the Delegates to win the
GOP Chair, but there will be enough conservative delegates get elected in caucus
this cycle to retire Bennett. Polls mean nothing in a race like this, it's all
about caucus night.
Lots of political connections, Huntsman's choice for GOP head, running for this,
that, and the other. Sounds like another career politician in the making.
What a joke?You need to get a grip on it, Lincoln ran more than twelve
times before he was elected.You should run for an office, it is no easy
matter, regardless of who runs against Bennett it will be a tough fight.Shurtleff should stay home and take care of his knees.I like Tim
Bridgewater, but he would be going against the repubbie machine...not good.
The only problem with being Huntsman's man to be the chair of the party...
Huntsman hasn't got the respect of the party itself. He hasn't attended ANY
county convention, even Salt Lake County, which would have taken only about an
hour out of his 'busy' schedule of running for President. There are few party
leaders that care much about the desires from a man who has been no friend of
the party. Being Huntsman's pick wouldn't exactly be a badge of
honor right now. So Bridgewater has the endorsement of two people that will
assure that it doesn't happen. Huntsman & Ridgway.
It's obvious Bridgewater had no intention of really being the Republican
chairman with his comment that he doesn't like being a coach. This is the same
lack of integrity and dishonesty that he exhibited when he ran against an honest
man--John Swallow for the Republican nomination for Congress. When Bridgewater
lost that election he refused to support Swallow and actually worked for
Swallow's defeat. There are a lot of us delegates in Sandy who haven't
forgotten that. No matter what Bridgewater runs for, I will encourage my
friends to vote for ABB--Anybody but Bridgewater
I am doubting his claimed conservative credentials, any one who supports
Republican Moderates like John Huntsman, and John McCain, makes it hard for me
to believe he is a true conservative. Does any one know more about this guy?
Reasons to vote Bennett out: 1) He's been in too long. 2) For all the time he's
been in there, he hasn't achieved the conservative agenda that his Utah
constituency wants.Reasons to retain Bennett: 1) His experience is a
benefit, not a disadvantage. He knows Washington, he's well-respected among his
colleagues, he has seniority in the Senate and on committees, and he's very
intelligent. 2) No single senator can accomplish his own agenda, especially when
he's a Republican in a Democrat-monopolized Congress. A freshman senator would
be even less effective.
I seriously laughed out loud when I found out Bridgewater was running. Yea, he
saw he had no chance at winning the party chair so now he's on to the next
office. How many times have the voters denied him? Give it up or he is going to
be the next Merrill Cook.Plus, he really is not as conservative as
people make him out to be. I agree with the comment that he endorsed McCain and
we all know how conservative McCain is! Bridgewater has totally lost my respect
I still remember the awful campaign that Bridgewater ran against Swallow. If he
hadn't been such a poor loser, refusing to endorse Swallow and spreading nasty
rumors, we might have had a Republican in Matheson's seat. Bridgewater is one of
the slimiest politicians ever and this situation just confirms how low he will
go. Pretending to run for another office just so he can get more name
recognition is just another instance of Bridewater's lack of moral character!
After the Swallow-Bridgewater race I vowed to never vote for Bridgewater.
No, not Bennett -- Bridgewater. Get a real job.
I'm a Democrat. And I can tell you that we Democrats really like Tim. He's a
very moderate, thoughtful guy -- just like Junior Huntsman. And he has special
ties to the Bush family, especially that one Bush brother that was indicted for
various acts of dishonesty in business. Go Tim. Go. And tap into those excellent
I would even vote for Micky Mouse over Bennett. Bennett has done nothing but
feather his own nest; he is less than wortheless as a representative of Utah or
The acid test of any campaign is: can it raise money? The competition will
be fierce for the $ if all these guys run. That is where the
incumbent has an advantage. I like Senator Bennett. I hope he wins.
Reasons not to retain Bennett:1) He's been in too long. 2) he's no
conservative,3)chairman of the TPN(transatlantic policy network),4)voted for and supported amnesty of illegal aliens,5)voted for the
first bailout and is not a fiscal conservative.
I don't know why people are saying Merrill Cook. Merrill is already running for
office, well he and Steve Harmsen are running for office. You really don't get
one without the other. I like Steve, never have liked Merrill and what is up
with that.I agree that Tim made a big mistake when he didn't support
Swallow when running v. Matheson. I think he has learned something.I
like the choice of Bridgewater, Bennett and Shirtleff. Not sure who I will vote
for yet, but I like the choice...
This leaves the race for Governor wide open. With Bridgewater and Shurtliff
running for senate, the Governor's seat is Lt. Governor Herbert's to lose. He's
exactly what Utah needs. Ya baby!
The headline should have read "Republicans Seek Further Irrelevance." By
pursuing this purge of "impure" party members, the Republicans are further
ensuring their demise. But at least Rush will be happy and that's what counts.
Anybody but Bennett is what I say.
I overheard Bridgewater talking at a renewable energy forum and he sounded just
like most of the liberal group wanting to bill us more to make renewable energy
more affordable. So either he is just playing he is conservative or he is
willing to say anything to any group just to get elected.He's just
another career politician.
"I would much rather play on the court than coach from the bench or referee,"
Translation = the lure of power and the approval of people I deem to be
super cool is something I cannot live without.
I will vote for Bridgewater & campaign against Bennett!
Bennett and Hatch must go. They do not support the conservative party platform.
They are for illegal immigration. They both voted for the first bailout and
then had the nerve to vote against the second one only because it was Barry
Obominations idea. Bennett was all for 2 terms and then when he found out how
much power he had, he just could resist a few more terms. Being in office for
so many years is not a pro, it is a con. We need people like Chavez who don't
know the system and still have the nerve to think outside the box.
I guess Bridgewater likes losing and is still bitter about it. If he can't win
against Swallow and then is a poor sport about it, then he runs for State Chair,
can't win, and is a poor sport about it, what do we think will happen in his
Senate run? He'll lose and be a poor sport about it. No one needs to be reminded
how close he is the Bush Clan. Bridgewater is the ultimate insider and if we
want a return to Bush Big Government policies, Bridgewater is our man.I, for one, will NOT be voting for Bridgewater! I agree with the earlier posts
about his bitterness over the Swallow Race, bad moral character indeed!
If Utah wants to maintain any sort of relevance on the national stage we should
not support someone trying to run to the right of an already staunch
conservative. Ultra-right Republican primary/convention goers should not
determine this race! We need more Huntsman's, Hatch's and Bennett's. It's obvious that Bridgewater is an opportunist tryint to run for any
available office that placate's his ego. I like Shurtleff, but not if he's
going to go to the extreme right just to drum up support from the far-right
fringe Republican's who attend these conventions. Shurtleff should wait for
Hatch or Bennett to retire (which may be a long time from now) and run as a
centrist, thoughful Republican.
"He is a venture capitalist who founded Interlink Capital Strategies, a
consulting firm that invests in business development, most of it overseas, along
with Neil Bush, the brother of the former president." It's
perhaps worthwhile to point out that Neil Bush ran Silverado Savings & Loan into
the ground during the 1980s. As is apparently the custom with the offspring of
that family, he was not held accountable in any way for losing hundreds of
millions that had to be made up by taxpayers. Since then Neil
Bush has created a new scam called COWS. COWS stands for Curriculum on Wheels.
Apparently it's a bunch of dud, page-turning software for schools mounted on a
wheeled cart. Most independent education authorities consider
it useless and overpriced. The Bush family, including Barbara, have pulled out
all the stops to push this scam on public schools in Texas. To
the extant a person is judged by the company he keeps, Bridgewater doesn't
measure up particularly well.
Tim is just what the party needs right now, young fresh leadership. He will
steer the party back to our conservative values. He is a real business man and
a lawyer or a career politician. I will support him because he will help Utah
business and the conservative cause.
Bridgewater looks like he's yet one more from the same Jello eating cookie
cutter mold this state churns out en masse. Fresh ideas? Sure. Like
all politicians, he'll say whatever is flavor of the month to get elected.I'd be the ideal candidate for Senate. An independent w/ libertarian
leanings who DOES NOT have a J.D. or MBA.
re: We don't need another Chaffetz!Actually we do. Rep. Chaffetz is
doing great.I like Tim. I will look forward to finding out what his
plans are and give him a fair chance.
We have been so concerned about keeping Bennett and Hatch in office because of
their seniority that we have failed to develop a new crop of leaders. The only
potential candidates available have too much baggage or no experience. Just like the "ABB" comment above - Anyone But Bridgewater. We need
This is bad news for Shurtleff. Whether or not you like Chaffetz, there is no
denying that had Leavitt not have spent so much time bad-mouthing him, Jason
would have won in Convention.Third candidate bad-mouthers (which
Bridgewater will clearly be) obfuscate the race. This actually makes me wonder
if Tim was urged to run by Bennet, thereby diffusing the Shurtleff threat? I am all for more everyone running that believes in running, and
believes they can win. But Bridgewater, who has never made it out of convention,
and was beaten by right wing nuts Like Lavar Christensen, doesn't stand a
prayers chance of doing anything but disrupting progress.
Bob Bennett has this election sewn up by virtue of the massive amounts of money
he can raise. Look up how much money he has raised just from employees of
Marriott International, AIG, Fannie Mae, etc. We have become the best democracy
Big Corporate money can buy, and this is especially true in Utah.
money...Money doesn't have to win elections.You need some for signs,
and info, but Rep. Chaffetz won over both Cannon, and Leavitt who both spent
more than Jason did for Convention, and Cannon spent more for the primary.Bennett, Shurtleff and Bridgewater need to win over about 2100 future
state delegates, and then they get to take on whoever the democrats have.
Both Utah Senators have been in office as long or longer than I have been alive.
Don't you think it's time for a change? Is it surprising that both senators have
consistently rejected term limit bills?No mention of a Democratic
candidate I notice
Tim Bridgewater is a great man! I was a GOP state delegate in 2002 and 2004 and
voted for him at both conventions. He sat in my living room and impressed both
me and my neighbors with his passion, ability to be forward thinking and his
depth of experience. Utah would be well served by a Senator like Tim and we'd be
lucky to have him. If John Swallow needed Tim's help so badly to win
(as many bitter sounding posts have indicated), then John shouldn't have been
the GOP nominee in 02 and 04. Didn't Swallow have enough popularity to win
without his primary opponent stumping for him every weekend? Continuing to pass
the buck and blame Bridgewater and other's for his two losses against Matheson
is so old, yet so typical when it comes to career politicians like John. They
never stand up and take responsibility for themselves, their organizations,
etc...it's always somebody else's fault! After 7 years the Swallow crowd still
doesn't understand why Republicans voted for Jim Matheson. It's because we could
all see John was another "Pass The Buck" politician..
Bennett and Hatch are the problem not the solution. Under their watch weve been
going down, and they need to recognize they've had their chance and blew it.
If Bridgewater is so popular and such a good guy, why did he lose twice to
Swallow? The fact is that he is not a good guy as previous posts have outlined
and not all that popular. He couldn't even when party chair!
I've hardly seen a senator as arrogant as Bennett. He doesn't respond to his
constituents (Hatch certainly does without fail), he feels there's no
expenditure too great on the Museum for congress being constructed, and he has
broken his promises to limit his terms. I guess the lure of power was far too
great. Personally I can't stand the man or the way he votes. I've hardly read
a thing I like about the man. At least I've seen Hatch represent the interests
of this state, Bennett on the other hand seems to represent only his own
interests and those of corporate america (where he came from). Time for new
blood in his seat. Absolutely. Anyone but Bennett.
If J. Walker thinks LaVar Christensen is a right-wing nut, J. Walker is a
Democrat and has no business telling Republicans for whom to vote. The GOP needs a Senator who will go to Washington and join Jason Chaffetz in
the good fight to return states' rights to Utah. Give me Liberty -
Not Debt.I'm not sure yet whether any of these candidates
understands that concept. Bennett's voting record certainly does not show it.
And judging from the candidates Shurtleff and Bridgewater supported, neither do
That is an outright lie that Senator Bennett does not respond to his
constituents. I have received several responses. Maybe you need to actually send
the letter with a return address and then you can get a response. Bennett is
very down to earth. I have met him several times most recently at his Rural
Business Conference up here in Brigham City and he sat and spoke with
constituents for several hours. Bennet is a great senator and has my vote!
Are we going to get a candidate that is actually a conservative? None of these
three are.I like Bridgewater, but his support of McCain and Huntsman
lends oneself to believe Bridgewater is too moderate. Huntsman needs to change
parties. McCain already did.
LaVar Christensen is a patriot, and it is difficult to believe that anybody who
calls him a "right wing nut" is anything other than a pro-homosexual
sodomy-based "marriage" extremist.The reason the left hates LaVar so
much is that he has principles he isn't willing to compromise to win elections,
and he co-authored the Utah Constitutional Amendment to protect the sanctity of
marriage. Amendment 3, IIRC.If you aren't full of hatred for those
who support the sanctity of marriage, you have no reason to hate LaVar
Christensen, unless you're a gullible, easily influenced type who hates Gayle
Ruzicka because the DesNews, the SLTrib, and other leftist rags attack her, and
you believe the vitriol spewed in the direction of any effective conservative.
LaVar is one of the best, nicest, most honorable men to run for office in the
state of Utah, on either side of the aisle, in the new century.By
the way, LaVar, if you read this, you probably know who this is if you remember
the business card I gave you; please call me; I left you a message earlier
No more of Bailout Bob. He was on the senate banking committee when
this entire banking/financial industry collapse started and he either did not
realize it or he did see it coming and did nothing to stop it or warn us about
it. All he could come up with as a solution was to take our kids'
money and the money of our grandkids and even our great grandkids and give it to
a bunch of overpaid financial industry fat cats with no strings attached so that
they could receive annual bonuses greater than many of us will make in a
lifetime -- when they failed to do their jobs.If he was an employee
and failed as miserably as he has at his job, he would have been shown the door
by his employer a long time ago. Oh well, better late than never. After all,
we are his employer...
re: LaVar.Your defense of someone is passionate. Your words, however are
repelling. You gain nothing, but hurt.
He's old, he's past his prime, he's breached the public trust in his
participation in the sub-prime mortgage bubble and subsequent meltdown, then
advocacy for the misguided TARP legislation, he's become known as "Bailout Bob,"
and that's all on the heels of his non-investigation of the Obama inauguration
ticket fiasco, and before that the Y2K bug non-event. Tell me, with a track
record like that why he would think he deserves yet another six-year term? It's
because he's completely clueless about his own mortality -- he's done, and it's
time that Utah imposed its own version of term limits at the ballot box in
November 2010. If he won't impose the limit on himself, then the Utah voters
will have to do it for him. Either Bridgewater or Shurtleff is a better choice
now. We shouldn't reward mediocrity with yet another term for an aged Senator.
In my mind the same principles apply to Hatch when he comes up for re-election
No, I am actually a Republican. And Lavar is a right-wing goober.Remove emotion for a minute and think logically. People like him and Gayle are
trying to push the party so far right, that they are causing losses.Look for example at his humiliating loss this year. His right wing agenda
actually kept him from being elected in one of the most Republican districts in
the state. Hence, a democrat was elected. This further promotes the left agenda.
I am all for standing on principle, but right-wing factions are actually the
reason why our religious standards (traditional marriage etc...) are being
overrun. People like Lavar are actually the reason why states are
now passing same-sex marriage legislation. Ironic, isn't it?