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Published: Thursday, Sept. 27 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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

Esquire
Springville, UT

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.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

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.

isrred
Logan, UT

Ask Jason Chaffetz

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"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.

:)

one old man
Ogden, UT

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.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

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

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

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

Where was your concern then?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

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.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

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

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

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.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

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

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@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?

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@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.

Utah Observer
West Jordan, Utah

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.

JoeCapitalist2
Orem, UT

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.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

JoeCapitalist2
Orem, UT

The media plays along because it helps them sell news.

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

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

VST
Bountiful, UT

A little Civics clarification needs to be mentioned here due the misunderstanding of several posters here:

First of all, the reason why U.S. Representatives are NOT required to live in their respective Congressional Districts comes from the U.S. Constitution and not Utah law. Per Article 1, Section 1, a Congressional member is only required to live in the State which they represent.

Secondly, by Utah Constitutional law, a Utah Legislative Representative (and a Utah State Senator for that matter) is indeed required to live within the Legislative District they represent.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@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.

County Resident
Kearns, UT

@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.

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