On the other hand,I don't disagree that he is natural politician and
very personable. I think the personable part is to his credit, the natural
politician not so much. I long for the days where people stood on principles
not sound bites. Chaffetz is a rising star and a master of the soundbite, but
he has sold his soul to the tea party. By the way I do not think he could win
as a (D). I personally find Jim Matheson to be very similar, personable and
politically capable, but he has remained independent and represents Utah not the
Democratic Party (he votes against his own party as often as he votes with it).
Jason Chaffetz votes the tea party line every time. Just my observations.
@Fred44, to Jason Chaffetz's credit, he's a really personable guy and a natural
politician. I disagree with him on most of the big issues, but the guy does
know how to connect with constituents and drum up support for himself. The R by
his name doesn't hurt, either, but that little letter isn't the only secret to
his success--the guy can campaign.
This whole thing would be easier to take if the Republicans would just be honest
about what they are doing. It is insulting to be told that they are doing this
for the benefit of Utah's citizens. They apparently think the voters are very
stupid. And since these clowns keep getting elected...
Tooele is definitely one that is impacted significantly during the past 2
redistricting processes. Since they are heavily of one party and is expendable,
they end up tossed to and fro by every whim of those in power. It is not just
Representative Matheson but a whole county as noted. Not everyone in Tooele is
of a certain party. So there are some winner and some losers, as everywhere.
There is a motive in those that redistrict and for the eternal party in Utah,
whether in the legislature and governor elected offices, they have a certain
power in this process. They have meetings where the public attend and have the
opportunity for input, but those words are used sparingly in the process. There
is frustration as the party leaders, husband and wife, who play a game with
districts, such as the city of Holladay and not just Tooele or Syracuse. This
process has a deadline at filing time, which is coming up and they will make
their decision one way or another, "FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE," at
least those people. They have to make the call but INTEGRITY and HONESTY is
still the best policy for all.
Hahahahahahaha! Isn't it funny how the power to redistrict is the power to
kill, not only one's Democratic rivals, but one's Republican intraparty rivals
as well?With all due respect, I humbly submit the following question
to people I once thought of as friends. (They'll remain nameless.)How is your faith in your fellow Republican legislators to be able to properly
utilize their Gatling guns fairly and equitably working out for you?(One thing politics has taught me about "friendships": You can
never have a friend if your friend is building a downline -- whether that
downline is commercial or political. Because those kinds of friends view all of
their friends as just so much fodder to fuel their personal ambitions. Once
there's nothing left of your ability to take them higher, you're not a friend
anymore.)Even if I were a friend to the victims of this process, I
would be a powerless friend. Redistricting does that. Makes us all helpless
bystanders who are hopelessly incapable of intervening to save save any of those
who have been designated -- by the powers that be in the Legislature -- as
LOSERS for the next ten years.(Did I just shed a tear?)
Values, which includes Integrity and Honesty, should be a part of the whole
process of redistricting and of course running for people you may represent.
Some of our elected officials may not represent our beliefs and principles but
they are the ones that people in our district voted to have represent them.
Some of these elected representatives, whether Senators or Congressmen, go on
their own beliefs as what they do and not represent those whom elected them. I
believe some in the old Republican party feel they got overtaken by the Tea
Party people. That is partly because some showed up at the caucus' and some of
the leadership did not ensure all was done to ensure the people were what they
said they were. Now that the Tea Party people have taken over some of the
Republican party districts and positions of leadership, it is hard to do
anything about it. I believe the Democrats will have some Republicans go to
their party as some of their principles are what the Republicans believed in.
Matheson is good. Some others have made the Democratic party wish they didn't
have them in their history. Republicans have similar problems with some.
@Petra,The US Constitution just says the congress needs to live in their
state. That would protect Matheson from being drawn out of the 2nd district. He
has announced that he could run in 2 districts as currently drawn, so if he
doesn't like the 2nd, he might run in the 4th.Holladay has
traditionally been in the 2nd district, but this year it, or part of it, could
end up in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. Eagar, who lives in Holladay, filed for the
2nd district. She is apt to be within a mile or two of the 2nd and may be in it.
Chaffetz has lived in Alpine, which traditionally in the 3rd, but for the last
10 years in the 2nd, and he for the last several years has represented me fine.
Petra in Utah if they have an (R) next to their name and the pledge allegiance
to the Tea Party (see Jason Chaffetz) where they live doesn't really matter. I
bet you mistakenly thought "representative" government means that you
were to be represented by your peers, neighbors etc. We need to remember that
the Republican Party knows whats best for us here in Utah and we just need to
sit back and let the machine pick the candidates and then pick the voters and
place them in districts to make sure that they vote the right way. It is much
easier that way. Takes the responsibility off the masses and allows a few
elites to make the decisions for us.
Utah already has the embarrassment of Lee and Chaffetz in Washington, please
don't send another one like Carl Wimmer.
I'm sorry, but why is it that someone living outside my district can legally
represent me? And what would give that person the idea that he or she could even
possibly represent me if he or she does not live in the district, since only by
living in a district would a person get the issues....?
If these candidates are similar to the others in the Republican race, they can
line up at the exit. Go away and leave us alone.On the other hand,
if they are sensible moderates -- then welcome and I hope you figure out which
door is the right one.