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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17 2013 12:55 p.m. MST

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lehiaggie
Lehi, UT

As a Republican I will be sad to see Matheson go. It was refreshing to be represented by someone that was more interested in the people he represented than his party.

Thank you for your service!

joe5
South Jordan, UT

I'm Republican and tend to vote Republican most of the time. In his seven campaigns, I voted for Jim Matheson only twice. However, I appreciate his service to his district, his state, and his country. I believe he is a good man with whom I have some political disagreements. And I'm fine with that.

I appreciate someone who is willing to endure the abuse of people too lazy or incompetent to run for office themselves. With so many in Wash DC who are self-serving and downright crooked, we in Utah are privileged to be served almost exclusively by well-meaning men and women.

I remember Wayne Owens, another Democratic congressman from Utah. When he retired, I was embarrassed by many Republicans who were ungracious at best and often mean-spirited, derogatory, or downright nasty. Within a few months, Wayne Owens was called to be a mission president showing that the Lord knows a lot more about a man's heart than most of us watching from the sidelines.

I wish Jim Matheson good fortune in whatever he chooses to do in the public sector, private sector, family sector, church sector, or any other sector.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Maybe it was his health insurance premium.

Scott Farcus
Beaver, UT

He never fought against Obama care. He obtained his vote until the last minute, waiting to make sure it passed before he voted. Once that happened he then cast his vote and it wasn't yes or no. That is a waist of a utah vote.
I liked his dad but Jim doesn't make strong hard stands like the ol man did.

Open, we need more Mike Lee's, less government less spending

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@strider303

"For a minute I thought he might go look for a real job. Being elected to office is an interesting vocation, incumbency almost assures a life time job and paycheck with great benefits."

You mean like Rob Bishop and Orrin Hatch?

RSLJAZZBYUUTAH
West Valley, UT

Good! And everyone who thinks Lee would lose, he has way too much backing, especially from the Tea Parties, he is shady, but I don't think Matheson wins, and he wouldn't win again anyways.

Cowboy Dude
SAINT GEORGE, UT

Strider303

"Just for a change I'd like to see a politician leave office and work in the private sector."

"I wonder what his views are on the ACA?"

Unlike some leaders in DC today (Dem and Rep), Matheson already has tons of leadership and management experience in the private sector and ran his own company. You should look at his bio.

Mr. Matheson's issues and voting record is on his website and he posts them on Facebook. He is against the ACA as it stands and wants to vote for it piece by piece until we get something that works in the competitive market without a one system government sign up.

ManInTheMiddle
SANDY, UT

Don't you get it? He realizes he will lose to Mia Love and so he's running away from the fight. With the debacle of Obamacare fewer Dems will have a chance in this state.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

As someone who has voted for many more Republicans than Democrats (granted I've cast most of those votes outside of Utah), I'd vote for Matheson over either incumbent Senator and think he'd be a fine Governor. He's pragmatic and grounded and has some real world experience.

Mia Love, by contrast, is the lightest of lightweights. I think there are party folks who are happy to have her elected because they're confident she'll do exactly what they tell her she needs to do.

Linus
Bountiful, UT

I'm proud to say that I'm not embarrassed by Senator Mike Lee. All of you who are embarrassed to be represented by him in the Senate should ask yourselves: Am I proud of the 17 trillion dollar debt, the marxist march to socialism, and the end of Constitutional liberty as we know it?

You choose your heroes from among the lying leftists; I'll choose mine from among the principled right. Thanks.

Canyontreker
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

I shared an office building with Matheson's Utah offices in South Salt Lake. I was surprised how much time he spent in Utah. He never really moved to D.C. ...I love that.

I didn't vote for his dad when I was in college because I was told Democrats were socialists. Now, I know better. I am still a conservative, but a Utah Democrat is better than a California Republican in D.C.

Industries that personally affect my family in Utah; Aerospace, Energy, Tourism, are under attack. Jim gets that. He'll make a great governor.

ImaUteFan
West Jordan, UT

@ManInThe Middle - I don't think Mr. Matheson's decision had anything to do with running against Mia Love again. He would have beaten her worse the second time around.

Let's hope he runs against Senator Lee . . . and WINS!

btalk89
Provo, Utah, UT

What exactly did Jim Matheson accomplish for Utah?? He did NOT fight against Obamacare. He wavered and maneuvered as he always does so he can tell Nancy one thing and his constituents something completely different. Good riddance. For as long as he's been there, he sure didn't really do much. He's said, "I put Utah first" so many times some people have started to believe it. I look forward to a Lee-Matheson matchup. I'll finally have the opportunity to vote against a backbencher in favor of someone who is not afraid to stand up to the DC elite as well as the Republican establishment.

pby47
St George, UT

This is good news for Utah. Matheson was elected in the wrong state, his loyalties and values have little correlation to the people he pretended to represent.

Billy Bob
Salt Lake City, UT

That decision is the best thing he has ever done for the state of Utah.

Ett
Salt Lake City, UT

Well, bye...

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

He clearly thinks he can't win another election to the House or he would run. He knows that he refused to vote in favor of repealing Obamacare and that would sink him in this state. He has been trying to serve two masters for many years and it has finally caught up with him. Trying to work both sides of the street eventually catches up with you. Anyone who doesn't recognize what's really going on here is really naive. He's fooled a lot of people for a lot of years. I'm glad he's leaving.

Bernard GUi
Puyallup, WA

Where were the Blue Dogs when we needed them....when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid passed the Obamacare act that had to be passed before we could find out what was in it?

12 years in public service is long enough. Time to move on to lobbying, consulting, hosting an MSNCB talk show, or some other worthwhile activity.

Esquire
Springville, UT

This gives Utah Mia Love, a Mike Lee light. This is a really, really bad result.

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

bungalow wrote:

"Some of you conservatives can't even wish Matheson well...I can't believe the political hatred that spews forth out of some people's mouths. Where is civility? That my GOP-hating friends...will be your downfall in 2016..."

That WAS the GOP downfall for the past several election cycles. The Republicans have learned absolutely nothing.

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