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Letter: Politicians should live in the district they are campaigning for to properly represent it

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  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    Re, by Mike Richards: "In Congress, a Representative represents ALL of the people of a State. Congress does not subdivide States into little blocks. The duty of Congress is to listen to and to do the the will of the people of the State which they represent."

    First, a representative does NOT represent ALL of the people of a state but represents his congressional district. A senator represents the whole state.

    Second, the duty of Congress is NOT to do the will of the people of a state but to do what is best for the United States.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 2:32 p.m.

    SG in SLC: The question is not how many times Matheson voted with or against Nancy Pelosi, the question is how many times did he vote against her when his vote really COUNTED?

    There is a common political trick that Republicans and Democrats alike play all the time. A Republican in a heavily Democratic district or a Democrat (like Matheson) in a heavily Republican district will vote against their party whenever they know their vote will not really matter one way or the other. Then they can show their constituents that "I am with you instead of my party most of the time". Whenever their vote really makes a difference; however, they stick with their party and go against their constituency.

    Sometimes it can bite them in the election, sometimes their trick works.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    @Mike Richards

    Before you start playing the "Pelosi = Guilt By Association" card, you might be interested to know that in all of the Congressional roll call votes since October 2007, Jason Chaffetz has voted on the same side as Nancy Pelosi 22% of the time, and Rob Bishop has voted on the same side as Nancy Pelosi 23% of the time. Granted, in the Congressional roll call votes since October 2007 Jim Matheson has voted on the same side as Nancy Pelosi 59% of the time, but that means that he has voted IN OPPOSITION to Nancy Pelosi 41% of the time (absences and abstentions have been factored out). So, the claim that "a vote for Matheson is a vote for Pelosi" doesn't quite square with reality (at least 41% of the time).

    @Ms. Weight

    Whether or not a Congressional candidate lives in the district they are running for is a non-issue (so long as they live in the state); particularly when gerrymandering occurs unfettered.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    LDS Liberal's obvious dig against Fox News while giving all the left-leaning media (NBC, NYT, etc) and the far-left media cheerleaders (MSNBC, Huffington Post, etc.) a complete pass shows how some people are so partisan that they are completely blind to the other side.

    Politics is messy and both parties play fast and loose with things like the truth, civility, and fair play. Only the most rabid fans will scream loudest when the other side does the slightest infraction and willfully ignore the most aggregious violation by their own side.

    Even though I am conservative, I am willing to ignore trivial problems I see with liberals and I am willing to call out Republicans when they cross the line. Hopefully, there are a lot of others like me on both sides of the aisle. You just don't see them much in these forums.

  • County Resident Kearns, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    @Mike Richards

    Rep. Matheson has represented me well and has my vote. Glad he is back in my district. The letter writer should ask her question to Rep. Chaffetz who hasn't lived in his district until the Utah Good Ol' Party put him in it for this election. I really don't like Utah Republicans and their "shenanigans."

    P.S. I believe the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Rep. Matheson the Spirit of Enterprise award for being supportive of business interests while we get through the economy.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    @joe
    really you are going to try to insinuate that the letter writer is a matheson supporter trying to cause trouble? talk about trying to plant a seed.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 3:39 p.m.

    JoeCapitalist2
    Orem, UT

    The media plays along because it helps them sell news.

    3:07 p.m. Sept. 27, 2012

    =========

    And true or false, right or wrong - THAT is the secret of FauxNews financial success.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    The letter writer was definitely trying to "stir the pot" on an obvious not-issue.

    Hard to say if it was from a Matheson supporter who wanted to churn up all the predictable comebacks of "Chaffetz did it too", or if it really was from a Matheson opponent who wanted to plant in the minds of gulible people that something "must be amiss here".

    In the "silly season" of political elections both sides do this kind of thing all the time. The media plays along because it helps them sell news.

  • Utah Observer West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 27, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    Why is the Deseret News even publishing these type of letter? I guess it's because they want readers to know that some people are so partisan they really know the answers to the questions they raise.

    The published letter writer lives in Orem, represented by Congressman Chafetz who lives in Matheson's current district in Alpine and can't vote for himself. Surely, she knows that and only wrote the letter to "stir the pot" on an non-issue.

    Wouldn't it be nice if the Deseret News published a favorable Matheson Letter to the Editor? The ratio is now about 5 to 1 in favor of Love. Does that show any bias in this race? And don't tell me that Matheson's people aren't sending them because I know for a fact they are.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    @mike richards
    He may not do your bidding but he has certainly represented me. Beleive it or not Mike your views do not represent all the people of Utah, there are actually legitimate voters out there that do not think in lock step with you.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    @Mike Richards
    "Jim Matheson has not done the will of the people of Utah. "

    Then why does he keep winning and why did he have the best favorable-unfavorable rating of ALL Utah politicians last year?

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    The author needs to take this up with the legislature when she decides to join us.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 27, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    In Congress, a Representative represents ALL of the people of a State. Congress does not subdivide States into little blocks. The duty of Congress is to listen to and to do the the will of the people of the State which they represent. It is never the duty of a Representative to do the will of the Speaker or of a committee chairman. It is ALWAYS the duty of a Representative to do the will of the people - within the limits allowed by the Constitution.

    Jim Matheson has not done the will of the people of Utah. Too many times, he voted in opposition to the other Representatives and Senators from Utah. Too many times, he allowed Ms. Pelosi to lead him around by the nose as he did her bidding.

    Any Representative who caves in to political pressure and votes AGAINST the will of the people of his State is not worthy to represent those people. Jim Matheson clearly has proven that he will vote with the "herd" to the detriment of the people of Utah.

    The writer is correct about the fact that he can't vote for himself.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    Why? Repubs made that law thinking they would win every district. If you blame anyone, blame jerrymandering repubs.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    Jason Chaffetz is a Republican, he is immune from scrutiny.

    FYI --
    Mitt Romney pulled the same game when he ran for Governor of Massachucetts [he was still claiming to be a resident of Utah].

    But - once again, we have that double standard of scrutiny and outrage.

    Only gets called into question when someone has the letter (D) next to them.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    All those questions you asked, could all be answered by Jason Chaffetz.

    Where was your concern then?

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:47 a.m.

    maybe the state legislature should not redistrict a sitting representative out of being in his district.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    Far worse than where Chafetz lives, his website refuses to accept input from anyone who does not live in the district he doesn't live in.

    But I guess if you're a Republican accustomed to Republican tomfoolery, that makes sense in some bizarre way.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Sept. 27, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    "Jason Chaffetz has not lived in the district he represents up until now. "

    Now Roland. You are comparing apples to oranges. Chaffetz is a Republican. That's different.

    :)

  • isrred Logan, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 6:52 a.m.

    Ask Jason Chaffetz

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 6:41 a.m.

    If candidates need to live in the districts, perhaps it would be wise to tell the legislature to discontinue the practice of drawing boundaries that extend from one end of the state to the other?

    Mia Love would be a disaster in the House.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 6:26 a.m.

    While I agree, Utah law says otherwise. But point out to me your prior objections to Chaffetz doing the same, then I'll believe that your complaint here is not merely a partisan attack.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 12:20 a.m.

    Jason Chaffetz has not lived in the district he represents up until now. Was that a problem for you too?