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Published: Sunday, May 6 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I have never been represented by Rep. Matheson. He is more liberal in his voting than most people realize.

I endorse Mia Love for the 4th Congressional District.

I have been watching and listening to her for some time. I have been impressed. She has consistently improved at each debate I have watched. The last one I saw, I scored her the best out of the 5 candidates. I have attended her town halls. She has listened. If she didn't know the answer, she would find out. We need more of that.

It is my hope that others will meet and listen to Mia and agree, and that she will be the 1st congressional representative from the new 4th Congressional District from Utah.

Salt Lake City, UT

"real vulnerability for Love as (the Tea Party) is despised by rational Utahns" so says Mr. Pignanelli.

What makes you think reducing the national debt, managing the Federal Government with a budget, and adhering to the Constitution are "irrational"? It seems to me that Obama's plan to increase the debt astronomically, not use a budget, and subvert the Constituion are the heights of irrationality.

Ex Pat
Salt Lake City, Ut

Matheson for all the labals that he's a blue dog, is the one who waited until all the votes for health care were in, and he knew it was going to pass without his vote, then voted. However, he did vote for it in the long run. He has supported Obama all along, even when the administration went after Christians, with this ridiculous free contraception.
We need a change and Mia Love will be a great representative for Utah.

Santa Clara, UT

I have always thought of Matheson as a moderate Democrat. But when Nancy cracked the whip on him recently I lost my appetite to vote for him again. He has been there long enough also. Retire Hatch, retire Matheson.

murray, UT

I want to know what Mia Love stands for. If she leans too far right thats not good, we don't need another Mike Lee obstructionist. We need someone working for Utah and everyone in America. I argee it would be great to have the first black woman, republican in congress from Utah but not if she doesn't know what she is doing.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, Mia Love CAN and WILL defeat Matheson!

Matheson needs to start updating his resume!

ER in AF
Belgrade, Serbia

"Love is now receiving all kinds of "love" from local and national tea party organizations. Initially a strength, this will be a real vulnerability for Love as these entities are despised by rational Utahns."

My favorite statement by a DN writer. Ever.

As a rational Utahn, I can tell you the comment is correct. If Mayor Love goes with Tea Partying mentality I will certainly look to Congressman Matheson.

Saint George, UT

"Love is now receiving all kinds of "love" from local and national tea party organizations. Initially a strength, this will be a real vulnerability for Love as these entities are despised by rational Utahns".

What is his definition of 'rational'? He says that in order to be a rational Utahn you have to despise the tea party organizations? Pignanelli is irrational if that is his definition of rational. That is a glittering generality without hard evidence.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I am a long time resident of the 2nd district and was happy to find that I am now in the 4th and still represented by Matheson. He is a realist and a pragmatist, which used to be the definition of conservative. That's why I like him.

sherlock holmes
Eastern, UT

Frank is way too optomistic on Matheson's chances in this one. He is very likeable and does well running against white male republicans. And in the past, it has been good to have a Dem because they were the part in power in the House. No longer.

THe playing field is now different. Even the Republican voters who would normally support Matheson can see the opportunity presented by Mia Love. Utahns could make a bold statement to the world. It is Mia's time.

If There is Anything Virtuous
Salt Lake City, UT

When I first "met" Ms. Love at the GOP state convention I was blown away (i.e. when I heard her speak). She has more charisma in her pinky finger than most of us do in our entire personalities! She was phenomenal. If she can get organized (supposedly she is not, but I think that may be rhetoric), Matheson does not have a chance.

It's about time Utah was fully, 100% represented by the conservative principles the majority of us espouse. Go Mia!


Yes, but what do the candidates STAND for?

What a waste of print; it seems that everything but the essential was touched on.

Salt Lake City, UT

It's a difficult choice for moderates. Matheson has been a good representative, but Love has the potential to be a even greater leader and representative. The influence of outside groups will be a determining factor. If extremist elements get involved on either side it may be the negative deciding factor. Mayor Carroon was not served well by his negative campaign consultants.

Saratoga Springs, UT

the overall state of politics in this county is truly disheartening. today all it takes to get a voter excited is a fresh face, or a first timer, or an interesting background, or a well groomed person. no longer is a candidate judged on ideas, platforms, participation, performance, and so on... if utahns want to vote for the best candidate in this congressional race, imagine that both candidates are the same race, the same gender, have the same heritage, both are pleasing to the eye and dynamic speakers. That only leaves judging them on their knowledge of programs, solutions to real world issues, and how to move the United States of America back to relevance. that is our responsibility as voters. to bad we do not live in an ideal world.

Bellingham, wa

Come on Utahans! Get rid of the Democrat.

Cato the Elder
Salt Lake City, Utah

LaVar says Mia Love is not "right-wing". What? A simple check of her website shows that no one will out flank her on the right on the 15 issues she lists. I don't think the candidate would agree with LaVar's assessment. Either he hasn't done his homework or he is deliberately misleading the readers to portray her as more appealing to moderates.



"Yes, but what do the candidates STAND for?
What a waste of print; it seems that everything but the essential was touched on."


Once again I will suggest that the Deseret News perform a truly public service by listing the "in print" stands on each of the issues for each of the candidates to assist the voters.

I believe the real purpose of a campaign is to inform the voters. There are way too many polls and too much hearsay. Let's hear from the candidates on each issue, one issue at a time, and let each have their say. One issue, both candidates so we can compare.

Then hopefully, we will apply the "measuring stick" - our divinely inspired Constitution - to pick our candidate. After all, that is the oath of office that they will take.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;..."

Its about our Constitution - not about parties.

Salt Lake City, UT

Ms Love, if elected is it your intention to eliminate in part or totally the senior safety net, i.e. social security and medicare?


"Rational" Republicans can't participate in the Tea Party now, according to whom? All the Tea Party wants is accountability in Washington. It's a bad year to be an incumbent, something else unmentioned about Matheson.

sherlock holmes
Eastern, UT

It is not difficult to figure out what these two candidates will stand for. Here it is:

Less government
Less spending
Economic growth
Balanced budget
Reduce the deficit
Adequate military
Adequate social net

The issues will not decide this election, (do they ever?) though Matheson's voting record may become one.

How she performs on TV and how effective her campaign is will decide. It is her race to lose.

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