Can't wait to hear "the rest of the story" on this one!
Wow! Hot dang! There goes any chances of killing the BCS. I just hope all is
well with Mark.
Mr. Shurtleff - your announcement comes with mixed emotions. 1) We certainly
need you in DC. 2) Releived that we in Utah will have your watchful eye over us
somewhat longer.You are a good man, good leader, and obviously
a great father.You and your family will be blessed.
That changes the Senate race - I wonder who this will all shake out.
I just heard the announcement on Doug Wright's show but came here to confirm it
and to offer my condolences for whatever reason Mark dropped out. We hope that
we have not seen the last of a very good man whom we respect. Our best to Mark
and his family.
Shurtleff is a great public servant, but family comes first and I admire his
willingness to put them before this Senate race. Good luck to the Shurtleff
You are doing the right thing!! Our children need a Promise for Tomorrow. May
your daughter find a way through the encompassing darkness, to the joy that can
be found just beyond. Our prayers are with your family.
You got it right Mark. Way to go!!!
Good that Shurleff has his priorities right. Good for Utahn's that we don't
have another RINO going to the sentate at a time when the republican party is
There is more than Shurtleff and Bennett in this race. Cherilyn Eagar is a
great conservative candidate who would represent Utah well.
You certainly had my vote. I have always admired your ethics in political life.
My best to you and your family, and for you being upfront about your families
struggle. When things settle down, I hope to see you in a future Senate race.
Family First always. I admire you very much for stepping down at this time.
Your daughter comes first.God Bless you all,I will
remember you all in my prayers. I know what depression is. It isn't easy by no
You know it never ceases to amaze the sarcasm that is interjected in these
comments. Here is a father who loves his daughter more than a race..most likely
one he would have won. But my hats off to you Mark Shurtleff and the courage
for the right decision you made. There will always be skeptics but I for one
know you have earned your present position and will do more later. Good for
you....what an example!!!!
I'm sorry to hear that Mark Shurtleff is dropping out of the race. Looks like
it's time for SuperDell Schanze to step up to the plate and run for senator!
I think it ultimately takes experiencing the effects of mental illness firsthand
before you can really understand just how quickly and how seriously things can
take a drastic turn. As a sufferer of mental illness myself, and having dealt
with family members with serious mental illness and sudden suicide attempts and
downturns, I'm inclined to take Mr. Shurtleff's reason as legitimate, without
passing judgement or trying to read something political into it. If it's truly
what one person called a "political blunder", then I applaud his blunder in
exchange for being there for his daughter!
I am wishing Mark Shurtleff the best and his family.While there are
other candidates, it seems pretty cold to bring that up now. Shurtleff was elected AG through 2012. Leave him alone to handle work and
Mr. Shurtleff, you would have had my vote and you will again if you campaign for
office. My thoughts and prayers to your family; depression and suicidal
behavior are not to be taken lightly as you know. To those who do not
understand it; depression and suicide attempts affect everyone around the
person. You try hard to save them from themselves and realize their mindset
isn't healthy or normal. I hope your daughter does well, I hope your family
stays close together. This year I lost 1 family member, 1 friend to suicide and
another family member attempted. none of us are the same.
I am surprised by the reaction to AG Mark Shurtleff's announcement. There have
been many comments in social media questioning his veracity about the reasons
for withdrawal from the US Senate race. On a whole series of political matters,
I, too, have questioned his honesty from time to time. But not this time. I wish
Mark Shurtleff and his family well in dealing with problems that plague far too
I can't believe anyone would write negative things about Mr. Shurtleff dropping
out for the reason he has stated. His reasons are for a very important reason,
and I applaud him for it, and his family for making this public. Being there for
his daughter for those reasons is an act of love. It is the only right thing to
do! I wish them all the best,in getting treatment and getting well.
too many naysayers making comments. I salute you Mark for making this
decision...it was the right thing to do. You will not regret spending more time
with your family.
Mr. Shurtleff has my immense respect. I too have a child suffering from mental
illness. It's not a fun road. He has made the right choice to support her in
her fight against a formidable foe. To those whose knee-jerk reactions are to
label all politicians as corrupt power mongers: Show some humanity and quit
hiding behind your anonymity like supreme cowards.
I know Mark Shurtleff personally. He is a man of high integrity and great
wisdom. He would have made a wonderful Senator.I applaud Mark's
decision to put his family first. To Todd Taylor and those posting
above who suggest Mr. Shurtleff has ulterior motives for his decision, I can
only hope that neither you nor anyone on your family ever suffers from
life-threatening mental illness. Your behavior towards a family that is dealing
with this kind problem is really disappointing!
Mr. Shurtleff, I have admired your political views and stance. There are those
who don't like you for the same exact reason. I was looking forward to voting
for you. I hope things get taken care of with your family. I know there are
those that will attack, but there are also those who will support. Good luck to
you in your endeavor.
I wouldn't have voted for him, but having worked on a campaign and how little
time a candidate has for his family, I can respect this decision.
"I can't believe anyone would write negative things about Mr. Shurtleff dropping
out for the reason he has stated."You must be very sheltered,
these are the same people ripping on the President with all their nastiness.
Family first - good for him!
If he has family concerns to deal with, he is absolutely right dropping out,
nothing else comes before that!I applaud the decision. A lesser
person might have run a half-hearted campaign to feign loyalty to past
supporters. I appreciate the honesty and clean cut, it is best for him and Utah.
Hope the best for your family.
I'm going to put a tight lid on my usual dose of cynicism.I'm
saddened by the tragedy the Shurtleff Family has faced and will be facing. The
load they have carried and will be carrying can only be known by those who have
trod that path.I will pray for your families health and your
Mark is a good man and I am thankful for the great example. Mental illness is
very difficult to deal with he will not regret putting his daughter first. I am
glad that we will still have him to support Utah at home. I wish him the best in
this struggle with his daughter.
some of you need to get a life, because really what is more important than life?
you go mark!
To Anonymous 11:31 - You have gravely misread my commentary. I DO NOT suggest
Mr. Shurtleff has ulterior motives for his decision and DO wish him well.
"Madden | 12:01 p.m. Nov. 4, 2009If he has family concerns to deal with,
he is absolutely right dropping out, nothing else comes before that!"Why did he run in the first place then?
I wasn't going to vote for him, but I care about him and his family and wish
"Shurtleff said Wednesday he does not believe any of the other current
Republican candidates can beat Bennett, and says other conservatives may reach
the same conclusion and enter the race. He explained why he feels others now in
the race cannot beat Bennett."That isn't true. Eagar beat Bennett at
the Utah County GOP picnic.
While I prefer Cherilyn Eagar, I'm sorry to hear that Mark Shurtleff has
withdrawn from the race under these circumstances. I wish Shurtleff and his
family well; he's proven himself to be a true family man who places the welfare
of his family ahead of his own political ambition.Cherilyn Eagar is
now in the catbird seat. But she must watch out for Tim Bridgewater sneaking up
from behind. Bridgewater is nothing more than a younger version of Bennett - and
a "McCainiac" to boot.Jason Chaffetz needs to stay out of this race
- and wait until 2012 to go after Hatch. If Chaffetz goes after Bennett with
just two years in the House, he'll look too opportunistic.
I'll give Shurtleff the benefit of the doubt that his reasons for dropping out
of the race are genuine.But I wonder whether announcing publicly the
depths of his daughter's ongoing struggles are really the best thing for her at
this very difficult time.Were I in her position I don't think I
would want the fact of my suicide attempts broadcast for all to know. There must
be a better way he could have explained this.
I am terribly sorry to hear about the problems with Mark's daughter. Mark has
taken many children into his home and I believe has saved many lives by doing so
both figuratively and literally. My thoughts are with the family as they work to
help their daughter.
Shurtleff has set a wonderful example by putting family first. He deserves
praise not criticism. Shame on those of you making political hay out of his
For all those slamming Mark for backing out of the race I would suggest that
perhaps one day you will face the same thing Mark is now facing with his
daughter and if you do I guarantee you will understand then (if you don't now)
that NOTHING takes priority over helping your daughter. It is so easy to set
back and suggest Mark is running away from his record and using his daughter as
an excuse but I can say from personal experience as a father of a teenage
daughter suffering from Anorexia that there are some things you can't plan for
and depression and its ugly cousins don't conveniently schedule themselves into
your life. No some things just blow up in your face over night without warning
and the only thing you can do is go into survival mode and that is what Mark is
doing now. Give the guy a break!!!
At the earliest opportunity today, I contacted Mark Shurtleff and expressed my
best wishes to him and his family at this difficult time. He is a FATHER first,
just as I'm a MOTHER first. I let him know my sincere concern and
my respect for his decision. I especially respect him for getting in
this campaign early and for allowing people to get to know him, as any candidate
should do in a serious Senate race. This would be a difficult time
for any family. I encourage everyone now to leave this family to their privacy.
Who among us does not have any challenge in our families?Cherilyn
He would have been schooled by my man Bennett anyway.
I'm proud of all your efforts and accomplishments, Mr. Shurtleff! Don't view
this as a set back but a step forward. Besides, I think you'd be a much
stronger candidate and likely successor to challenging Orrin Hatch! Go
Shurtleff and we'll see you again in a few years!
As much as people want to believe otherwise now that this came out, everyone
knew he was the other big dog in the race. You guys are despicable
trying to make political gains off of a family tragedy. Seriously, there is a
difference between being skeptical and being downright base.
Good luck to both of them.
I am embarrassed that any Utahn, of any political persuasion, would try to take
advantage of this personal lifethreatening challenge for the Shurtleffs for
cheap political gain. Todd Taylor and all democrats for whom he speaks ought to
be ashamed and should apologize publicly. As ahould those within the Republican
party who are taking their cheaps shots while someone's life is in the balance.
Shame, shame, shame.
I wish them well. Frankly, I was surprised he ever ran in the first place. His
daughter's issues are well known, (desnews did a story on teen depression and
suicide a few years back, and Shurtleff's daughter was highlighted) and I was
floored to learn he threw his hat in the ring, just because I thought it would
be too difficult for his family.
I've worked with Danielle. This isn't exaggerated at all. And when he
announced, she was doing well. We all watched her start crashing again. He's
made the right choice and those of you who say this is politically motivated
haven't had a seventeen year old daughter in that kind of pain.
I just wish Shurtleff would take some of that campaign money and donate it to
help with depression and suicide-prevention!Some of us understand
exactly what you are going through, Mark. If I believed in god, I would pray for
you and your family. Since I don't, you have my best wishes.
I take my hat off to Mark Shurtleff, he has my respect & admiration. The snide political remarks, comments & speculation here are disgusting.
Obviously they've never struggled with this type of illness. Grow up & look
beyond your own biases & prejudices.I disagree with Shurtleff's
politics, but he has my heartfelt respect.
I don't think he can legally do that...Anyone want to clear that up?
What a great dad! Our prayers are with your family!
not to many politicians in this country that would put family over career and
politics. i salute you sir.
Funny, he is dropping out for family reasons but he is going to use the family
reason to write a book and make money at the expense of his daughters mental
illness. He is against health reform then again he can afford the expense it
takes for his medical needs so does not relate to the little guy. Could his self
driven needs put his daughters health on the line
is why did he even announce and get everyone's hopes up that we could finally
get rid of old man Bennett who writes books to get votes and hasn't had an
origihal idea in years. For Shurtless to blame himself is a useless exercise.
It makes him look weak and ineffective. His daughter has had this problem for
years. He knew this going into the race. I am not unsympathetic but I am
irrated by this entire exercise. First it was his knee and then his daughter.
This guy need to completely retire.
I know the hardships & heartache you face with your daughter-As I have walked in
your shoes with my own daughter. Valley Mental Health has helped my
daughter, but with the huge budget cuts, and layoffs at VMH I don't know if my
daughter will be able to find help - I have stood behind you and I would stand
behind you to fight for a stronger budget in mental health-God Bless you
and your sweet family.
Last week his pollster called me to see who I am voting for. I told them anybody
but Shurtleff or Bennett.
Too much drama. Mark did what any good father would do, nothing more, nothing
less. No shortage of senate candidates. My sympathy is with his daughter and
Who is going to beat that RINO Bennett now?
Sad on so many levels. First is that his daughter has those issues. It's good
that he cares about her and is getting her the help she needs.Which,
secondly, a man that devoted to his family is an even better canidate then one
who has been sitting around DC far too long.
To Jenny:Grow a heart, you're life will be much happier with one than
without.I've met Mark several times, and he's a good man. I totally
respect his decision.
When Shurtleff family passes through this valley I hope they will turn back and
share insights for others enduring challenges of mental illness. Mr. Shurtleff
will no doubt have a powerful voice in the healthcare arena regardless of his
elected office. I would especially like to see a closer FDA inspection of how
psychotropic medications INCREASE the risk for suicide (this is well documented
but public awareness is desperately needed).
Congratulations for actually being a parent. Well, IF that is the
Mark,I've know you for many years. You were courageous when you
chose to adopt your daughter and add her to your family. You demonstrated that
courage once again when you dropped out of the race to spend your time with her
and your family. At the end of the day that's what matters. My best to you.
Mr. Shurtleff,Brave and powerful choice. You will never regret it.
Good for him.
While I simpathize with the AG's family problems. It would be nice if he cared
about other families that his AG's are bent on destroying by supporting the
unethical attitude of Child Protection of DCFS
...will be relieved.
best wishes to the Shurtleff family. I had no idea until yesterday who Cherilyn
Eager was. She won't get my vote. To suggest that it's too late for another
candidate is egotistical, fearful and shows a lack of respect for the election
process. A vote for Mr. Shurtleff would have not necessarily been a vote against
I am that you have decided to not run for the Senate seat. We need a change.
I have seven children: 37 to 24. Three of my children and spouse are Bi
Polar. It was a zoo. Getting them to stay on meds was a joke. One child was
hospitalized over 13 times between the age of 15 and 26 - has been in all of the
area hospitals. This child (30) is married and doing well, although still has
problems. This child demanded attention. If attention wasn’t given the
threats of suicide and attempts brought instant attention, but not improvement.
It took the 4th psychiatrist to confront this child about wanting attention to
take self- responsibility for her actions. The more attention given, the
more the actions persisted. Prayerful guidance is vital. There were other
children, a non profit to run (which kept me sane) and a very public position in
education. It was hard, but the balance was necessary. Books: Depression, by
Dr. Burns-by far the best; When Madness Comes home - became my second Bible;
Family to Family, Utah NAMI-vital. Live the life you need to live. God Bless.
I do hope you will re-consider.
So long, liberal. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.