I'm not sure we fully know Mia Love.
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.
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!
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....
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.
@Mike RichardsAre 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.
"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.
"Do we have 100% confidence that Jim Matheson votes in the interests of the
citizens of Utah"And Mia Love does?
@ 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.
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.
@JthompsonFirst, 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.
WHO are money sources behind Mia's ads?Is Karl Rove involved in
there somewhere?Lots of questions about LOTS of anonymous money.
@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
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.
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.