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Published: Wednesday, June 29 2011 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Beverly Hills, CA

Maybe Herbert need to give out more 13 million $ contracts fir doing nothing in order to secure more votes.

Conner Johnson


Conner Johnson

Herbert told the people of Utah he would not seek re-election after Gov. Huntsman left. Lied to your faces about that. Gave away 13 million dollars that could have gone anywhere else than where it did. Tried to do Utah wrong with the GRAMA act. Backfired for sure. Time to move away from the GOP that has oppressed this great state, and time to move toward the open-minded side of things. Thanks for nothing Gary :)

Mapleton, UT

Another Dan Jones poll? Or just as bad, KSL/DesNews. You can't trust these polls. But I won't be surprised when a real conservative challenges Herbert.

Abe Sarvis
Cedar City, UT

With all due respect, Herbert did not prove he is an "astute campaigner" by beating Coorroon - but Corroon did prove that he is a really monumentally lousy campaigner.

Regardless, an interesting conundrum for Republicans - give Jim a safe Congressional district, or try to gerrymander him out of Congress and perhaps end up with him in the governor's mansion.

I say this
Emery, UT

If Matheson would make a committment to public education instead of the smoke and mirrors approach the Utah Legislature makes.....I think he would win. We are not preparing our children for the future....we're barely getting them by.

Murray, UT

Don't get your hopes up Gary, its a long way off and we aren't forgetting HB116, you can count on it. See how many of them can vote for you. Even if you legalize them they will vote for Democrats.

Bluffdale, UT

The only description which crosses my mind to acknowledge Governor Herbert's leadership is " leadership by pushing a rope."

Salt Lake City, Utah

The Democrats had every chance to vote Herbert out of office last November when Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon challenged him. As it was Herbert trounced Corroon 64.2% to 31.8%. Corroon couldn't even carry Salt Lake County.

What hurt Corroon the most? Obama.

County Resident
Kearns, UT

Go Jim Matheson. You are a stellar representative of the great state of Utah. You are balanced and responsible. I'd support you either way.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

He was not elected in the first place. He would never had been elected. Utah needs the counterbalance of another Mathieson.

Salt Lake City, UT

This is not a reflection on the leadership of either person.

Utah will vote Republican no matter what. They. Do.

*'E-mail raises new questions about influence of Herbert campaign contributions' - By John Daley and Lisa Riley Roche - Deseret News - 09/28/10

Gov. Gary Herbert "should remember" that the construction company boss on his meeting schedule is a $50,000 first-time donor who wants to talk "about transportation construction and issues within the state."

$13 MILLION federal dollars spent on the loosing bid. While America struggles with debt.

Not six months later...

*'Herbert signs records bill HB477 after rally for veto' - By Paul Koepp, Deseret News - 03/08/11

'More than 100 people gathered near the steps leading up to...'

Herbert tries to pass a bill that would FACTUALLY prevent you from reading his emails!

Great 'servant of the people', right?

Salt Lake City, UT

* 'State budget is $50M short of projection' - By Lisa Riley Roche - Deseret News - 09/08/10

"This is good news, and shows that Utah continues to lead the nation in prudent fiscal management, careful budgeting and positive response from the private sector," the governor (Herbert) said.'

*'Herbert seeks disaster declaration for Utah as a result of floods' - By Amy Joi O'Donoghue - DSNews - 01/21/11

'SALT LAKE CITY Gov. Gary Herbert is asking President Barack Obama to declare Utah a major disaster in the wake of last month's storms that produced record-breaking precipitation in Kane and Washington counties.'

*Gov. Herbert declares state of emergency as 2011 flood season nears climax By Ladd Brubaker DSNews 06/27/11

The declaration will allow local officilas in areas affected by flooding to get help more quickly from agencies such as the Utah National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Utah Division of Emergency Management spokesman Joe Dougherty.

So much for not accepting 'federal funds'.

1st in line for bailouts.

$13 million in federal dollars wasted, while America struggles with debt.

Saint George, UT

I would vote for Matheson over Herbert, because of Herbert's support of HB116. Jim Matheson at least "listens" to the will of the people, Herbert did not, he's toast.

Salt Lake City, UT

Am I the only reader confused about this article? Which race does it refer to?

"Gov. Gary Herbert would win a GOP primary election, a new poll shows, but it might be a different story if Utah's lone Democrat in Congress, Jim Matheson, gets in the race." But nowhere does the article explain which race? For senator? Congressman? Governor?

I can only guess it is referring to the upcoming race for governor.

Ogden, UT

Pagan is incorrect. The population of Utah is not 45% democrat, but that is the percentage that would currently vote for Matheson. Utahans are more independent than Pagan is giving them credit for.

The republican party really needs to look hard at who they nominate to run. Herbert is very beatable. Just putting the incumbent up is not a no-brainer in this case.

I am not a registered republican, so take it for what its worth, I would vote Matheson over Herbert.

Salt Lake City, UT

Another questionable Dan Jones Poll? But truth be told you will not find a more staunch GOPer than myself and I would not vote for Herbert if he were running against Osama Bin Laden......He is a RINO who votes like a RINO....He doesn't deserve to represent the GOP...he will be defeated in the primary!

Go Sandstrom

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm one of the "extremists" who think the Guv. should put the interests of ACTUAL LEGAL Utah citizens before those of illegal trespassers.

16 months is plenty of time to find that person. But, possibly NOT ENOUGH time for the Chamber of Commerce to convince him/her that illegal aliens should COME FIRST!

West Valley, UT

After all the Gov. has done in the past year to harm this state, still half of the people surveyed back him? I don't think so.

Sandy, UT

Gov. Herbert is amazing when it comes to creating jobs, he has been a champion in
bringing companies to the state of Utah, in my opinion he is an excellent governor! The roads and highways are constantly being improved he has kept Utah a very well streamline managed state, you really appreciate it more when you travel out of the state. He has my vote without a doubt.

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