As a left-leaning Democrat I have often been critical of Matheson, but I
understand winning from Utah has been a tough affair for him and has forced some
votes in the Congress. Of course, Matheson is probably more conservative than
I. In spite of our differences I can definitely say I'll miss him. He has
worked hard and served Utah pretty well.And Utah can tout itself as
the most conservative, redist, most tea-party state in the union. Gag!
If a Republican won't stand up to Mike Lee, then it might be
Matheson's calling to run for Senate.
Goodbye, Matheson! Your votes for Nancy Pelosi shall no longer stain our state.
I expect that Matheson will be running for governor of the US Senate.
Republicans should be nervous, not excited, and I'm a Republican. Matheson
could win either position and hold onto it for a long time. He is respected,
seasoned, balanced. In fact, I would vote for him. I didn't
like the fact that he was in the House because he voted for Nancy Pelosi as
Speaker. Other than that, I thought he represented Utah well in the House.I would vote for Matheson if he ran for Governor. I wouldn't vote
for him if he ran for the Senate because I don't like Harry Reid
controlling bills and debate in the Senate.
As a life-long Republican, I was privileged to work personally with Congressman
Jim Matheson for a number of years on matters of importance to southern Utah and
Washington County, in particular. He was honest, intelligent, caring, on top of
his game, and helped us out time after time. I would vote for him in a second
over Mike Lee, who I consider an embarrassment to our state.
Hmm. Something's in the cooker. Can't quite smell it yet, but
it'll be fully cooked by 2016.
Thank you sir for your service. Please don't be a lobbyist. Business management experience - checkEntrepreneur - checkEnergy
expert - checkgovernment & law experience - checkHarvard (east
coast) & UCLA (west coast) degrees - checkTime to follow your
Jimmy Matheson has not been too bad as a Congressman...for a Democrat. But we
in Utah and ALL Americans will be better served by Mia Love and her conservative
beliefs to stop the unsustainable spending and destruction of our economy and
values. I wish Jimmy well in his future endeavors, as long as they do not
include trying to win elected office.However, Jimmy is not going to
quietly "spend more time with the family." He undoubtedly has eyes on a
continued career living off taxpayers, this time in some statewide office,
perhaps challenging Mike Lee, or maybe seeing an opportunity for a pickup of the
Attorney General job. A win for he AG job, or even a loss in a
Senate campaign in 2014 might position him well for a run at the Governor's
job in 2016. After all, his father was once our Governor, and there seems to be
e distinct entitlement mentality among politicians that elected office are
merely a formality to ratify their rightful inheritances- by members of both
parties.He needs to do something with his over $678,500 in campaign
funds available (as of September), probably closer to a million dollars now.
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. I am sure he is thinking that gearing
up for an election every two years is harder than, say being governor where one
only has to run every four or senate where one only has to run every six
years.Just for a change I'd like to see a politician leave
office and work in the private sector. I imagine he'll spend the next year
harping how bad a job either the governor or Senator Lee is doing. I think his
time in office will be spent fund raising and campaigning rather than
representing. I wonder what his views are on the ACA?
Please...Run against Mike Lee!
Thank you for your service. I would work hard on your campaign against Sen.
Though not a Democrat (or Republican) I have appreciated having Jim Matheson
representing Utah. It has been tough for mainstream reactionary Republicans to
have their voices heard--they lean so far to the right few of us can support
them. Jim Matheson was one of the more rational voices left of center. I
applaud his service. That said, after 14 years he should resign as should all
other legislators with such tenure. With fresh blood comes fresh ideas and
perhaps responsible farsighted governance would be the result.
Cowardly way to announce your "retirement"--through facebook! Just the
way he holds "townhall meetings" on the phone so he doesn't have to
face his constituents! Looking forward to Rep. Mia Love!
For those bashing Matheson....He is the ONLY representative from the
State of Utah that put the people of Utah first and not the mantra of the party
line (Democratic/Republican/Tea Party) politics.He may not have made
the right decision every time, but I can tell you that he sincerely felt it was
best for the State and not his Status in Washington DC.Can you
honestly say the same thing about Hatch, Lee, Chaffetz or Bishop? NO... they
were in it to get a name for themselves.Mia Love will be no
different that those others.
Any congressman in for more than 3 terms and any Senator in for longer than 2
terms has been in too long and most likely has become part of the problem. Any
incumbent who believes that he/she is the only one that can make a difference
back in Washington D.C. is by admission arrogant.
@David"Other than that, I thought he represented Utah well in the
House."Probably, seeing as I disliked him (he's the only
Democrat I've ever voted against by voting 3rd party in 2010) and the
average Utahn and I don't agree on much politically.
Mike Lee is EXTREMELY vulerable right now [hence he's recent 2-steppung,
flip-flopping], [he doesn't even have the GOP back in Washington
rooting for him anymore], andI'm afraid the
'ol gray Orrin Hatch has run his last Senate race.Matheson has
his eye set on a bigger prize.
It would be a delight (and a real dog fight) To see him take on Mike Lee. Lee is
a embarassment to the state of Utah.
Finally we get to elect a Democrat!
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!
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.
Maybe it was his health insurance premium.
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
@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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
@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 . . .
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.
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
That decision is the best thing he has ever done for the state of Utah.
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.
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
This gives Utah Mia Love, a Mike Lee light. This is a really, really bad
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
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.
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.
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.
@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.
I for one am very proud to have Mike Lee as my Senator!
@bungalowRemoving 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.
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?"
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.
@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
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.
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!
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.
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."
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!
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.
The world is a better place.
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,
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
@sammyg"...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.
I wonder what highly paid Beltway job he is getting that is good enough to make
him quit the House? Good luck Jim.
Furry1993-If you really live in Ogden, then Matheson doesn't
actually represent you or speak for you. He speaks for those of us in the 4th
district, thank you. Last year's election was really close, and he probably
saw the writing on the wall with the Obamacare fiasco that isn't going to
If Matheson does run for Senate, I hope he runs as an Independent. That way he
would divide the Democrat vote, thus ensuring a Republican win.Open
Minded Mormon.If Matheson ran as a Republican, the only way he would
get the nomination is if someone locked up every Republican delegate to the
state convention and kept them from voting. No way the Republican Party who put
in the conservative Lee over the moderate Bennett would somehow turn around and
allow a former lapdog Democrat vote for Nancy Pelosi get the Republican
he is, and was, a good man. not a pay raise guy like many in congress. sad i
remember Mia Loves campain putting signs up on pulic land. hundreds. out
repulican mayor got rid of them and backed up Jim. because its about the person
not the party.
id vote for anyone before mike lee. id vote no. most of the money the country
owes is from wars not spending on its people so at least get that part right.
every dime is in the red. not in the budget from the beginning.
I vote for people, not parties. Folks who vote for parties gave us John
Swallow. Even though many of his problems hadn't emerged before the
election, I saw enough after looking into his background to know I couldn't
vote for him (e.g. his involvement in the payday loan business).Matheson compares well to any number of incumbents.A little
balance is a good thing.
If you want to get pounded into mush, definitely run against Mike Lee. Matheson
may be competitive in the Salt Lake area. But, statewide he doesn't stand a
Good Riddance.You will never get my vote for anything you run for. You are a disgrace.
VST:Regardless of where Matheson lives, he was elected to represent
Utah's 4th Congressional District. Only those of us who live in the 4th
Congressional District can vote for him. While I may agree more with Chaffetz or
Stewart, only Matheson represents me. We each get one representative and two
senators. I would hope that all of our representatives do what's best for
the state, but the House members first priority should be their own constituents
and the area within their district (not where they live). While
others in the state may be thankful that there is at least one Democrat
representing the state in Congress, saying that Matheson "represents"
them is incorrect if he doesn't appear on their own ballot.
bungalowAssociating one person holding a Confederate flag in a crowd
as representing the whole Tea Party is disingenuous at best... a typical stretch
of lib imagination.Try harder.
@bungalowYou can't believe everything you see.There
are leftist organizations that purposefully send out people to talk, act badly,
display things, and dress funny, to be in pictures or in backgrounds, all to
make the opposition look bad. So please provide CERTIFIED proof of
REAL conservatives or tea party members, etc. with confederate flags, and not
some hired leftest john doe in a background, and maybe I will believe you.
There you go AgainTypical Lib reaction to deflect from the issue at
hand... the failed platform of the Democrats which happens to yes... bow to the
altar of abortion, free birth control pills, condoms, etc for those that depend
on the gov't for everything.I couldn't care less of
what's happened in the past whether by a Republican or Democrat. I
can't change it. So nice try to just cherry pick one issue. Let's hear your excuses for all of the others I listed please. I need a
good laugh.One Democrat down, 200+ to go in the Senate and House
plus a lot of dead wood RINOS as well.I see a sinking ship, a
president flailing at the helm, and the first of several Democrats and libs that
are jumping ship or not re-upping for another tour... Awesome!Makes
me smile thinking about it!
Please, Please, Please make a run (and win )against Lee.
There You Go AgainTypical lib deflection from the myriad of problems
with the Democratic platform that does not reflect the pulse of the country.I couldn't care less what Reagan or anyone else has done in the
past as history cannot be changed.Pointing out a wrong or a
hypocrisy from yesterday does not excuse it today.
Fiscally responsible members of congress, right of left, are difficult to find.
Matheson will be missed.