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Published: Saturday, March 15 2014 11:40 a.m. MDT

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Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

Meh, she went all in and lost. I'm glad she tried to take a stand for eduction, it was just the wrong stand. EVERY teacher that I talked to thought the idea of a tablet for EVERY kid was a huge mistake that would end up being a nightmare for the schools just from a management point of view. Hopefully the next person that really wants to change education in the state will actually talk to a few teachers before putting their political career out there.

Good intentions, bad idea.

Salt Lake City, UT

Could someone please explain what qualifies Ms. Lockhart to be governor?

It seems like she is best at keeping score in the legislature--figuring out which bills have the votes to pass and which don't. And, for the Speaker that is an important skill.

But, this year, or last year, or any year, which of her bills has the legislature approved? What is her legacy as the Speaker? What has she accomplished after so many terms in the legislature?

And, does she have executive branch experience?

Herriman, UT

She showed her true colors as a leader. In other words, she is not a leader. She called out the sitting Governor, a member of her own party. She proposed a an idea in education that she should have run by others in her party first. Because she didn't they decided to hang her out dry. And here's the kicker: they did the right thing.

Provo, UT

Becky Lockhart's "real fighting" is, at best, jousting with windmills.

Not in a "tragic hero who just can't deal with the disappointing reality of life" way like the reimagining of Don Quixote in the 1965 musical, either. Just straight up quixotic, like Cervantes' farce.


The actions displayed by Lockhart in the just completed legislative session certainly qualify her as a politician- divisive comments, preening attention seeking behavior, grandstanding, pandering to special interests and coveted voting blocs, ambitious jockeying for the next political prize. What I did not see were actions qualifying her as a leader- consensus building, constructive compromising, eloquent advocacy of thoughtful solutions to our society's needs and problems. Her actions loudly proclaimed that Lockhart's top priority is Lockhart, rather than the real welfare of Utahns. I believe Utah can and must do better in looking for our next governor. I would be unable to support Lockhart in any statewide race.

Mark from Montana
Davis County, UT

I sincerely hope she runs.

It will mean that without doubt she will not change her mind and run again for the House. We need better leadership there to get things done. I would never vote for her for governor but I do want to see her out of the legislature. Perhaps she can try and out 'Tea Party' Mike Lee.

Sandy, UT

I, too, felt she showed her true colors. First, with her education technology drive, how many parents and educators felt this was the wisest use of that amount of tax money this year? Who did she work with on developing this idea? Then, her political instead of a leadership speech to begin the legislative session was blatent and inappropriate. Does this woman ever smile or enjoy working with others? With so few women in the legislature, she comes off as a poor example to others considering service up there.

Carol P. Warnick
Ephraim, Utah

I admired her as a House Speaker but since she decided to run for governor she is using tactics that are not reasonable and costly to our state in trying to appeal to certain groups.
A governor must be aware of not only the needs of the people of our state but also the costs those needs entail.

Vince Ballard
South Ogden, UT

I've never been a particular fan of Governor Herbert, but we hardly need a 'tea party' leader in an already polarized leadership. Refusing to take federal money for Medicaid, which is our tax money in the first place, amounted to spite and obstructionism.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

Becky Lockhart has consistently found herself on the wrong side of important issues, including education, ethics reform, and government transparency (GRAMA). Gov. Herbert has shown a remarkable willingness to honor the will of the people, even if that means going against the legislature. Becky Lockhart seems not to care what the people think; her main concern seems to be furthering the out-of-touch agenda of the Republican elite.

W Jordan, UT

Women should never be in positions of power!
They're way too emotional and because of it they cannot make rational decisions.
One out of 100 women is likely to fit into a position of power and be able to execute sound decisions; but for the most part most will always inject too much emotion into everything.

Dugway, UT

Ms. Lockhart is as qualified and competent to be Governor as any of the recent incumbents or candidates for the office. It looks like to me that she knows 'when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em unlike the Guv who, without even looking at the bill declared "game over". She also has played the role of party loyalist for a long while now, but in a one party system of government what other choice do you have if you have plans for higher office other than challenging a member of your own party. We Utahns could always go to a system where party hacks set the electoral slate and voters get one choice on the ballot-yes.
I think the recent comments about her abilities have more to do with the fact that she is a "she" rather than any other legitimate concerns. From my point of view, she should 'Run, Becky, Run'.

Spanish Fork, UT

No, I hope she doesn't make it. Can't we get someone decent to challenge Herb? We need Herb out and replaced without a good candidate.

Newspaper Reader
Highland, UT

Short answer: No.
Long answer: No, I don't think she does.

Park City, UT

As someone who has shared time between Utah and California it never fails to disappoint me when I see Utah pursuing failed California policies. Los Angeles is in the middle of a failed tablet experiment.
1. Like most government expenditures they over paid for the tablets
2. Was only days before kids where selling them on the street corners for cash and within a couple months they could not account for over 25% of them
3. The family who could not afford tablets for their kids already, had not internet service in the home, so the City was looking for additional funds to provide free internet for the kids at home.
Thank goodness for the other politicians who had good sense.

Sandy, UT

I really hope not. That's all we need more of the status quo. Career politicians who have forgotten what it means to pay attention to what citizens of Utah wants. Lets show them we want real government that will listen to us and make some real changes.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

She won't be governor for one simple reason: she's a woman. Women typically don't do well in Utah politics. There are hardly any female legislators either. It is a man's world here. Look at Olene Walker. She turned out to be the best governor we've had in a long time, but she wasn't elected and they trounced her out of office at the state convention at the first opportunity (another reason to despise the caucus system).

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

This state is doing pretty well considering the national economy and Democratically run states. Herbert hard to beat.

Brian Utley
Freedom, IN

In answer to the question: I hope not. Raw ambition and leadership seldom make good bedfellows...or girlfellows.


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