Two Utah political heavyweights eyeing key races


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  • dferg Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    "Matheson, Utah's lone Democratic member of Congress, said he's looking at a bid for governor or even the U.S. Senate IN ADDITION TO possibly running for a seventh term representing the 2nd District." (capitals are mine)

    Is the author of this article, Lisa Riley Roche, unaware of the candidate registration laws in this state? Individuals are prohibited for registering as a candidate in more than ONE political race in any given election year; that means Matheson will have to choose whether he wants to run for Governor, the Senate, or for re-election to his Congressional seat. Choose one and only one; he cannot register for more than one. And if he cannot register for more than one, he is prohibited from running in more than one race at a time, since you can't run if you're not registered with the Lt. Governor's office.

    Methinks a little a little more research should have been done before submitting this article, with that statement, was submitted for publication.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    June 10, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    gizzmo 33
    I just want good government and believe this book to be a great handbook. It must be hard for you to live Mormon country.

  • Tom Smith Sandy, UT
    June 10, 2011 2:05 p.m.

    Quote: "Shurtleff, might run for Congress if he doesn'...take a break from politics."

    It is high time for Utah to take a break from Mr. Shurtleff!

  • Carson Provo, UT
    June 10, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    Shurtleff's stand on Illegal Immigration has already doomed him. He needs to go!

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    June 10, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    I knew someone was going to make a comment using the word Mormon. yeah before I even started reading the comments I knew I was going to see that word......

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    June 10, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    Tip for either Matheson or Shurtliff: Dont let the Book of Mormon influence your positions on issues. Remember what happened to Bennett and how Utahns feel about Reid.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    I hope they do step out ....and get smashed in their runs for senate or Gov...


    We need strong representation, not these two...

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    June 10, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    I'd like to say I'd be happy for Matheson to run for anything, just so he leaves my congressional district; but to have him as governor would be worse, or senator, worse still. I'd like to see him run for the senate against Jason Chafetz, in which he would lose, and be gone from politics.

    People who make a career out of politics desire power, they're bullies who want to impose their will on everybody else--so their motives should always be carefully examined. Matheson has been in long enough, and needs to "retire" and get a real job.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    One of Mr. Shurtleffs' close friends might want to fill him in on the impossibility of him EVER again getting on the ballot as a Republican in Utah.

    Mr. Shurtleff is kind of like "Bailout Bob", in that he thinks because he's Republican, and has had a career in politics he's ENTITLED to stay as long as he desires no matter what he does.

    BTW - I also DO WISH him well in his future and feel bad that he has medical problems, but no, his failure to at least TRY to stem the flow of $$$ to illegals is the problem.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    I supported Shurtleff for AG, and wish him well with his ongoing medical problems, but I will NOT vote for him again. The deal breaker is his support for illegal immigration. Sorry, Mark.

    Jimmy Matheson is a liberal Democrat at heart, and while he may not be as bad as his compatriots in Pelosi's mob, he cannot shift far enough to the middle to win in Utah.

  • MonkeySpider Lindon, ut
    June 10, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    I agree, I would not vote for Shurtleff either, but I'm curious why his new stance on medicinal marijuana is bad in your opinion? Marijuana is the most resourceful plant on the planet, can make paper, clothes, fuel, medicine from it and it grows at a very fast rate. It's has no addictive chemicals, you cant die from overdosing on it and contrary to mainstream views, there is no proof that it leads to harder drugs. Legalize it!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 10, 2011 7:44 a.m.

    Here's an idea. How about Jon Huntsman to replace Orrin Hatch in the Senate?

    An honest, sensible man instead of Jason Chaffetz.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 10, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    I wouldn't vote for Shurtleff for dog catcher considering his view on illegal immigration, and now medicinal marijuana. Jimmy ought to stay where he is. He will lose a statewide race.

  • Craig Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 7:11 a.m.

    It is time for Mark to retire. His act is getting old.

  • tom_e Kaysville, UT
    June 10, 2011 6:40 a.m.

    I would never ever vote for Mark Shurtleff. His views on immigration and law enforcement are totally different than mine.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    June 10, 2011 6:26 a.m.

    The country needs Matheson in the Senate and I don't see how Utah could be better served. If we want prosperity then we need a dominant consuming middle class. A caste system serves only the top.

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2011 6:10 a.m.

    Shurtliff wont get my vote. He came to a scouting meeting and gave a wonderful speech about camelot and abeying the law and what happens when we dont. Then he must have forgot what he said, he sure has been soft on illegal immigration.

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    June 10, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    No matter what office Shurtleff decides to runs for, his stance on illegal immigration and his dabling in law making outside the realm of his elected office has guaranteed that I and many many other Utahns would never vote for him.