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

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LoveLife
Riverton, UT

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 go away.

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

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 nomination.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

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.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

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.

VST
Bountiful, UT

A note for LoveLife,

I would argue that Jim Matheson does, in fact, represent the entire State of Utah as well as his Fourth Congressional District. That is also true for the other three Representatives from Utah. While true, per federal statute passed in 1967 (and not the Constitution), each states representatives are divided into single-member districts. However, that does not exclude them to consider and vote for matters that effect the whole state and not just within their own district that elected them.

Also, please consider that Jim Matheson does not even live within the Fourth Congressional District – he lives in the Second Congressional District.

VST
Bountiful, UT

I believe Jim Matheson is simply tired of the Washington DC political scene, so therefore he will choose to run for Governor rather that for the Senate. However, if Jim Matheson chose to run for the Senate in 2016 against Mike Lee, he would win that election in a “New York minute.”

Here is why: In the 2010 Primary Election, Lee won by just 51% of the vote – a mere 2% margin. That is NOT a ringing endorsement from Utah Republican voters as a whole.

I believe Mike Lee is vulnerable in spite of Jim Matheson. If Mike Lee winds up facing a credible Republican candidate in the 2016 Primary election (or even in the State nominating convention), he may not win and be able to move on to the General election. That could happen.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

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.

BYUtah Fan
Herriman, UT

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 chance.

TROLSEN
Saint George, UT

Good Riddance.
You will never get my vote for anything you run for.
You are a disgrace.

LoveLife
Riverton, UT

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.

sammyg
Springville, UT

bungalow

Associating 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.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@bungalow

You 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.

sammyg
Springville, UT

There you go Again

Typical 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!

oaklandaforlife
SLC, UT

Please, Please, Please make a run (and win )against Lee.

sammyg
Springville, UT

There You Go Again

Typical 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.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

Fiscally responsible members of congress, right of left, are difficult to find. Matheson will be missed.

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