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

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Provo, UT

For a practical politician who wants to remain sane, 14 years in the pressurized asylum of the US House of Representatives certainly is enough.

So what does Matheson want -- Governor Utah? or Senator of Utah 2016? Those who are dissatisfied with Senator Lee should understand that now is the time to start looking for a replacement. Easy to complain about Senator Lee; however, who with integrity, talent, intellect and charm wants to stop kevetsching, come forth, run and lead?

Hard to believe that Tia Love's ultimate goal is the House. Why settle for the House when she could replace Hatch to become the first black female Republican senator in history in 2018.

Centerville, UT

I'd be okay with him as governor. I don't understand this "Mike Lee is an embarrassment" talk from people here. He's made things really uncomfortable for the Washington Status Quo. That's not a bad thing. If people in Washington (Dems and GOP) are bothered by Lee, that's a good thing. We got rid of Bennett because he got too comfy with the Washington way of life.

But, yes, Jim. Run for governor. I think it would be a good change for Utah.

Clearfield, UT

While I didn't believe that Rep. Matheson really represented the Democratic Party in the U.S. House, I can imagine and would could his candidacy for U.S. Senator against Sen. Mike Lee. I believe that Matheson would better represent the majority population of Utah than the minority viewpoint of Sen. Mike Lee who has only brought a narrow and radical conservative voting record to Congress out of the mainstream of even the Republican Party.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

@A1994, let me spell it out for you: Mike Lee orchestrated a government shutdown. He set in motion a series of events that cost taxpayers anywhere from $2 billion to $24 billion and accomplished nothing but bad for our country. That's not something his constituents should be proud of.

Salt Lake City, Utah

I for one am very proud to have Mike Lee as my Senator!

the truth
Holladay, UT


Removing blockades Obama ordered set up to prevent 90 old veterans from enjoying their own private memorial?

That is NOT vandalism.

Confederate flags? That is leftest lies and extreme left name-calling at its dirtiest.

I see no hypocrisy, but what appears to be extreme left storytelling.

Matheson was and is simply a minion of the extreme left, and bad representative for Utah.
Good riddance.

ER in AF
Harare, Zimbabwe, 00

I echo Open Minded Mormon's view. I am a Republican, maybe you would call me a liberal Republican. But I see more eye to eye with a conservitive Democrat such as Congressman Matheson than I do with an extremist Conservitive Republican such as Mike Lee.

Dogma and ideology help us to frame our opinions and policy, but we should use the God-given brain we have to make decisions that need jubdment at their base. That is what I see Congressman Matheson as, someone who looks at a problem or opportunity and says: "What is the right thing that should happen here; can I find a rule to support it?" This is opposed to "What is the rule, how are we confined?"

Ogden, UT

With Matheson gone, there will be no one to speak for the rational, mainstream (true conservative) residents of Utah -- those of us who are not far right authoritarian extremists. Matheson well served the United States and the people of Utah, and was the only voice anyone but a far right extremist had to represent us. Hopefully another rational mainstream candidate can be found, and win, so we will not be silenced. This is a sad day for the people of Utah.

Scott Farcus
Beaver, UT

@On the other hand,
"let me spell it out for you: Mike Lee orchestrated a government shutdown. He set in motion a series of events that cost taxpayers anywhere from $2 billion to $24 billion and accomplished nothing but bad for our country."

Im sure you're joking its math not spelling, that was a great stand Mike Lee made against the liberal, progressive, nefarious government.
Your 2 -24 billion (what is it?) is worth a stand against a NEW (not George Bush) 14 TRILLION dollar addition to our debit!

Mike Lee has more GRIT than the half baked political lifers that internally have zero scruples.

Orem, UT

For those comments above hoping that Matheson runs against Mike Lee, there are still the majority of Utahns who appreciate what Mike Lee has done for Utah in his fight against Obamacare. Jim Matheson won narrowly against Mia Love who was woefully uninformed and lacked any appreciable political experience. If Matheson runs for Senate, he would be running against an incumbent that has a vast constitutional knowledge and understanding of policy that would dwarf anything Matheson would have to offer. Matheson would lose every debate against Lee. What would also play upon the electorate would be allowing Harry Reid to retain the Senate Majority Leader status. By doing so, Utahns would in a real sense be sending Reid a signal that government gridlock, abuses of power, and corruption is fine with them. I don't believe Matheson is a total fool, but I also believe that a race against Lee would be formidable at the very least. He would likely find it easier against Orrin Hatch whom Utahns are anxious to replace.

Springville, UT

Good riddance!

For those of the majority faith in this state...

How can you ever support a party that bows to the altar of abortion, of supporting the dole, of weakening our military, the wholesale dismantling of the constitution, the unfettered control of the EPA, the continued dependence of foreign oil, holding up the pipeline from Canada, unprotected boarders, legalization of drugs, the shutting down of the coal industry and coal fired electricity, the continued war on Christianity, nationalization of school curriculum, gun control, support of amnesty for illegal aliens, global warming, the giving of billions of dollars to our enemies, a failed world policy, 47 million food stamp recipients, never-ending unemployment checks, no fiscal responsibility, no budgets, no constraints, compromise to their terms and they want to take your dollars and redistribute them as they seem fit.

My gosh people, we should be dancing in the streets that one more of them has given up the fight on this front and we should prepare to fight them on the next.

Hold the line folks, conservative values will prevail when the failed policies of the left have no one else to milk from.

On to 2016!

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

Matheson has just seen the writing on the wall. 2014 will not be a good year for Democrats nationwide and especially in red states. After 8 years of one party rule the country always changes. Happened in 2006, and 2008, and likely will happen in 2014 and 2016.

Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

The only bad part of this is that Mia Love will now have an easy path to office.

Nationally Senator Mike Lee's actions have made us (Utah) the punchline of many jokes... can't help but think Mia Love will only add to the list of jokes.

My wish list to Santa: "Please give the Utah Republican party a better option to run for this seat."

Saint George, UT

All these status quo democrats think that they are insulting conservative, limited government crowd by telling them that it will be the downfall of Republican officeholders. What they don't know is that is music to the ears of those who know there isn't any difference between a democrat and a republican. Perhaps by bringing down the republican party or changing it, America has a chance! There is no chance for a great America with Democrats in power and very little with a Republicans!

Nephi, UT

AmI the only one who got physically ill at Hatch's words: "During my 37 years in the United States Congress". As if it is a fact to be proud of...

There's the problem with our system, the amount of time these nimrods spend in power, using the weighted powers of incumbency against all of us.

I wish Matheson well. Orrin 'cryptkeeper' Hatch-- why couldn't you have been that kind of man around 20 years ago? Do your state a favor and LEAVE ALREADY.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

The world is a better place.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

I thought about this last night, and into this morning...

I wonder...
If Jim Matheson were to drop the mythical dirty (D) that exists here in Utah,
and say - run as an (I) or perhaps even switched party to the (R).

I think he could EASILY knock Mike Lee out of the GOP in the nomination,
if not a Primary run-off,
and then sew up the Senate seat with the Utah election night formalizing coronation vote.

Since, I for one NEVER vote for the party, I strictly vote for the person --

I could vote for Jim Matheson with a letter (R).

Just pondering, that's all.

Mtn Tracker
Ephraim, UT

Matheson WILL run for the senate. He sees an opportunity with ousting Mike Lee. No need to argue which would be better. Look at their voting records! If you like obamacare vote for matheson. If you like government shut downs vote for mike lee. Nether will make a bit of difference as to what direction our country is headed.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT


"...How can you ever support a party that bows to the altar of abortion...".

Thank you for verifying that all republican women have never had an abortion for any reason whatsoever.

Bowing to the altar of abortion?

When Ronald Reagan was the Gov. of California, he signed into law an abortion bill that led to the murder of over 2,000,000 babies...

Yet... Republican voters, especially Republican voters in Utah overwhelming elected him twice to be the POTUS.

Kearns, UT

I wonder what highly paid Beltway job he is getting that is good enough to make him quit the House? Good luck Jim.

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