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Published: Friday, Oct. 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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USA
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm not sure we fully know Mia Love.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

A member of the House represents all of the people of Utah. Do we have 100% confidence that Jim Matheson votes in the interests of the citizens of Utah? Of course not! Look at his record. Look at how many times he voted against the other Representatives. Why would anyone from the same State, representing the same people vote against the other Representatives? Utah is a single entity. As a single entity, the people have the right to expect that their delegation will at least ALL vote in unison.

How hard could it be for three people (soon to be four) to sit down together and discuss the effects of each bill on the people of Utah? How hard could it be for them to debate the issue until they came to a consensus?

Matheson has left a "trail" twelve years long.

Our duty as citizens is to elect the person who represents our views and our principles. We have an obligation to ignore the campaign promises and look at the voting history.

isrred
South Jordan, UT

I know Jim Matheson, I certainly don't agree with him on all issues but he works hard to represent his ENTIRE district, and that's why I've already cast my vote for him. Go Matheson!

Utah Observer
West Jordan, Utah

I agree with the letter writer. Do you think Mia Love came up with the phrase, "We Don't Know Jim Matheson?" This came from a GOP strategist who thinks this catchy language will finally bring moderate Republicans back to the fold. Mia Love is only a pawn in the GOP establishment to finally rid this state of it's only congressional Democrat who has been a blight on its party 100% standard.

I remember Senator Hatch received boos when he stated in the 2004 GOP convention that Matheson was doing a good job in working with the rest of the delegation. Ask him if he knows Matheson and what he does for this state....

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

What a great letter!

The better question is, what do we know about Mia Love? Anyone else been to her website? I challenge you to visit her website and click on issues. I've never seen a less professionally done, more vague, and completely ridiculous website as hers. It doesn't tell you anything!

Compare that to Jim Matheson, who lists the issues, and then clearly states what he intends to do on those issues.

Noodlekaboodle
Salt Lake City, UT

@Mike Richards
Are you for real? If all of our representatives should vote in unison why not just have one representative for the whole state. Heck, why don't we just have a voting robot? Maybe because the constitution does allow for multiple representatives from one state. Show me in the constitution where it says all politicians from one state must have the same views. Also, the voters in Jim's district clearly disagree with you, or he wouldn't have been elected 6 times. Plus he's not a liberal, a real liberal wouldn't get elected in Utah.

Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

"Utah is a single entity. As a single entity, the people have the right to expect that their delegation will at least ALL vote in unison."

Mike if that were the case, each State would get one and only one vote. Jim Matheson is under no obligation to ensure his vote corresponds to Jason Chaffetz, nor vice versa. If his district feels he is not adequately representing them, they are under no obligation to reelect him.

You claim that a representative represents the State, not a specific district, but I would contend, at least in practice, that the representative is only beholden to his voters. Someone in Brigham City cannot vote for Mr. Matheson, so he is really under no obligation to represent them.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

"Do we have 100% confidence that Jim Matheson votes in the interests of the citizens of Utah"

And Mia Love does?

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

@ Noodlekaboodle,

Are YOU for real? How many Utahs are there? It is a single State. The Representatives of Utah represent all of the people of Utah. If they can't decide amongst themselves what the people of Utah want, they shouldn't be in Congress. Having 1/3rd vote against the other 2/3rds means that we have ONE VOTE, instead of the THREE VOTES to which we are entitled.

Voting for special interest groups instead of voting the mind and will of the people of Utah means only that that Representative has sold out to someone or to some group.

There must be unity before any problem is solved. When three people can't agree on something then at least one is out of touch.

Jim Matheson is out of touch with the people of Utah. He votes according to his own mind and will or to the mind and will of those who pressure him (i.e. Nancy Pelosi). His duty is to the people of Utah. If he can't or won't vote the will of the people of Utah, he has no business pretending to REPRESENT them.

Christian 24-7
Murray, UT

By watching Jim Matheson vote by vote, you can get to know him. He is 2 faced. He has one face for Utahans to see and one face for Washington and the Democrats. He chooses to vote with the democrats if they need his vote, and he votes with Utah values when the vote will not be close, and then only talks about only the carefully selected votes while visiting and campaigning in Utah I don't know if he started out that way, but that is what I see now.

I am not picking on the Democrat here. Hatch is the same way. It comes from being in office too long.

I will take my chances on Love, even if she is somewhat unknown, because I am not happy with Matheson.

I may take my chance with another unknown, Shaun McCausland of the Constitution Party, for Senate. Enough of Hatch already.

Noodlekaboodle
Salt Lake City, UT

@Jthompson
First, you didn't answer my question. Second. If a congressman is supposed to represent the whole state why is the state split up into districts. If Rob Bishop or Jason Chavez represent me why don't I have the opportunity to vote for them as well? Third, do you really think that the people of Utah all agree on every issue? Do you really think each area of the state has the same opinion on the issues? Let's say hypothetically gay marriage was decided on a city by city basis. Do you think that the amount of support would be the same in Salt Lake versus Provo? No? Then why should they have the same representative? Fourth, Where in the constitution does it say that congressmen must vote with each other? Fifth, If he doesn't represent the people of Utah why is he our longest serving Congressman? Why does he keep getting elected as a Democrat in the reddest state in the nation if he doesn't represent Utah? Maybe your views aren't as mainstream to Utah values as you think they are.

one old man
Ogden, UT

WHO are money sources behind Mia's ads?

Is Karl Rove involved in there somewhere?

Lots of questions about LOTS of anonymous money.

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

@Noodlekaboodle,

Let me humor you. You tell us that a State should be divided. Tell us where the Constitution divides a State. It does just the opposite. Article 4, Section 3 states: " no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States," i.e., States are not to be subdivided.

Read Article 1, Section 2 which tells us how Representatives are chosen. No "districts" are mentioned. That is something that is foreign to our Constitution.

If YOU want another system, you'll have to amend the Constitution. If you want a divided State then you are telling us that dividing is better than unity.

Now, you answer some questions. Why do you want to divide us? Why do you want to have one Representative instead of three? What good does it do the citizens of a State to allow a Representative to vote his own will instead of representing them?

Grundle
West Jordan, UT

I find the discussion about unity in the state caucus vote absurd. Jim Matheson was duly elected based on his issue stance, party affiliation, and personal character. He should have voted the way he has as that is what HIS constituency (me included) elected.

Do I agree with Jim on all issues? NO! But I agree with him on many issues.

I am supporting Mia Love this election not because of Matheson's moderate stance ( which I love!) but because his vote for party leadership goes to what I feel is the most destructive party leadership in my lifetime.

It is Congressman Matheson's fatal flaw.

firstamendment
Lehi, UT

Thanks Mia, for inspiring us to look deeper at Matheson. I supported him when I lived in his district, but when I saw his dishonest attacks on you (along with other Liberal and Tribune efforts to mislead us about you, and your fight to improve America, I decided to take another look. He has helped Obama put us on the brink of Bankruptcy, both morally and economically. The Salt Lake Tribune is part of this (they bully you and Elder Oaks and anyone who doesn't go along with their agenda). You have my support, and I hope everyone knows that those writing letters and commenting against you are activists who are seeking power so they can push a certain agenda.

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