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Incumbency has its early privileges in new district

Published: Sunday, Dec. 25 2011 10:00 p.m. MST

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Taylorsville, UT

Joe the plumber still gets my vote. Who cares about polls other than candidates? We the people are too smart to believe polls so they better worry about their baggage than their phony promises. With all the candidates, their baggage would fill the dumpsters of ocean barge and that's where they all belong.

Salt Lake City, UT

Matheson is not in my political party but has earned my respect. He hangs in there regardless of the roadblocks put in his way. I frankly don't like the way attempts have been made to gerrymander him out of office. That just ticks me off and makes me want to vote for him out of a sense of fairness. And, that's exactly what I intend to do.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Matheson clearly votes based on having to get re-elected in a Republican state. He is a man with two masters since he has to gain favor from his Democrat leadership and we all know that no man can serve two masters. It's time to get someone who doesn't have a conflict of interest between his constituents and his leadership.

I'd love to see Mia Love get it.

Alpine, UT

Voting out of pity for an individual is one of several poor reasons to support someone for office. Term limits, even for the few honest politicians, would help end much of the corruption in Washington. Career politicians are like wet socks, they need to be replaced.

Anonymous Infinity
American Fork, UT

The new 4th district needs to defeat Jim Matheson. He is a cloak and dagger, below the radar consumate democrat. I don't care what the pollsters say, get him out of the House of Representatives. He is first and last a democrat and cares little if at all about conservative issues. If he voted for Obama that's all we need to know. Even if and when Matheson is defeated, he will still be part of the Washington, D.C. environment. How do we get these people out of our lives? We still have Bennett hanging around politics, lobbying and the whole thing. This is what is wrong about people when they are voted out of office. They still are envolved. Show some character and do something else or retire. Give it up and move on. Seriously, let's get Matheson out of office people. We need fewer liberals in Washington, D.C.

Kearns, UT

I'm a very conservative Republican, and I don't like either Wimmer or Sandstrom. Don't know anything about the Lady (I hope to learn about her). If Wimmer or Sandstrom win the Republican nod I'll cast a protest vote for Matheson. The Republicans could do a lot better than either of these guys. Wimmer is nothing but a political climber, and Sandstrom is too shoot from the hip.

Salt Lake City, UT

"and all of Juab and Sanpete counties"

Take a look at the map again. It has the population areas of Juab, but not the land areas and 40% of Sanpete's population.

The good news is that over 1/3 won't vote for Rep. Matheson even if they had to pick someone they didn't know anything about.

Murray, UT

Take a long hard look at the last three years and ask yourself if we can take another four years of Democrats running this country. Let that be your guide as to whom you will vote for. Matheson is very much a part of this administration and is in bed with Reid, Pelosi, and Obama, the most dangerous group of people to ever gain political power in the nations history. Anyone but Obama, anyone but Matheson.

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

Matheson represents the average Utahn better than any other member of congress, and voters recognize that.

Anonymous Infinity
American Fork, UT

With all due respect, you are one of the prime reasons we have Matheson when he received moderate (also liberals) votes in his current district to keep sending him back to Washington, D.C. We need to keep turning over these politicians. They are not on a political "career" path. Being in political office is not a career. Please....you good folks in the Salt Lake Valley can't possibly think a Matheson is a better choice than the alternative. Please study the issues and learn how Matheson is part of the problem, and doesn't represent Utahns in anyway, shape, manner, or form. Matheson is part of the problem, not a solution.

Clearfield, UT

Voters are leaving both political parties in large numbers. People are fed up with extreme partisanship and gridlock in congress. Both Wimmer and Sandstrom are single issue candidate. Neither will rest until they force their right wing extremism on the all the voters. I would vote for Matheson if I lived in his district. Lets end this gridlock and extremism now. Utah needs leadership not ideology driven politicians with their personal vendetta's against those who dare disagree with them.

Mike in Texas
Cedar City, Utah

Too bad he can't be a real Democrat. Too bad for him, too bad for Utah.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Jim Matheson is not in my district. The redistricting changed all that. But if he were, I would vote for him. While I can't vote for him, I can sure encourage him and I intend to do that.

Cottomwood Heights Guy
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This [oll is meaningless at this point, the first polls for the 2010 shows Matheson Easily being reelected, I won with only 50% of the vote. By the time the NRCC gets mathesons voting record out there, Matheson will sink.

Cottomwood Heights Guy
Cottonwood Heights, UT

At this point in the 2010 campaign, Matheson was polling at arround 60%. This Poll is meaningless.

Mapleton, UT

@ Utah Bill - Matheson should be held accountable for his support of the Obama administration which is destroying our economy. Gerrymandering is used by the party in power - especially the Democrats. If they were in power they would use that position in their favor, and do all across this country. He should be voted out on the merits, his support of Obama does not show that he votes in the best interests of Utah or the American people.

Salt Lake City, UT

Anonymous infinity, you believe people should not be allowed to be "envolved" (or involved, as some of us spell it) in America's political system if they have lost an election. Interesting. 

So, can you tell us what makes Matheson part of the problem? What makes him a (gasp!) liberal? 

Just off the top of your head, what votes has he taken that makes you believe he is a liberal (shudder) and also part of the problem? 

Again, off the top of your head, no fair looking it up. 

"Take a long hard look at the last three years and ask yourself if we can take another four years of Democrats running this country."

CJ, you do realize that the Democrats have not held a majority in the House since 2010, right? They have only had a majority in half of Congress, the Republicans have controlled the other half. 

And of the half the Democrats do control the Republicans have forced a super majority to move any legislation they don't agree with. The Democrats do not have a super majority in the Senate. 

The Democrats have hardly been "running" this country.  

West Valley City, UT

@ CJ: I suppose you think that Hatch, and "good Ol' G.W." have NOTHING to do with the current situation we are in? NEWSFLASH: We didn't get into the mess we are in during JUST Obama's administration! G.W. a REPUBLICAN and the REPUBLICAN party are just as much to blame. The GOP is simply voting against anything the Democrats want, even when it's something the GOP has wanted in the past. We need to get rid of ALL the incumbents we currently have in Washington and start again. Vote for those who will work for the PEOPLE and NOT their political party!

Alpine, UT

Mark, get over the trivial spelling lessons, and start learning your history lessons. The democrats took over and controlled a majority in both chambers starting Jan. 03, 2007. At that time, the DOW was at 12,621.77. The GDP the previous quarter was 3.5%. The unemployment rate was 4.6%. There were 52 previous straight months of jobs creation. It was also the day Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that took place 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES! Also, who took the third highest payoff from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? OBAMA!
Voting for the same people will only bring the same results!

Kearns, UT

Anonymous Infinity If you read my post properly, you would see that I would cast my vote for Matheson as a protest vote, not because I support him. The Republicans have to do a better job of recruiting candidates, not two peas in a pod like Wimmer and Sandstrom. I can live with a good conservative, not two people who's egos are so far out of control and think that they are better than everyone else and that we should listen to them because they are smarter than us.

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