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Published: Sunday, April 6 2014 1:36 p.m. MDT

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ray vaughn
Ogden, UT

Mr. Reid's guiding principal in political life was to get elected. While living in Salt Lake City, which is heavily Democratic, he ran as a Democratfor the Mayors job. While working in Ogden he got a position working for the Ogden mayor, a Republican. When he first ran for the state senate it was as a Democrat.. He lost the election to the Republican candadite. When the seat became vacant he filed as a Republican. Mr. Reid is all about what is most benefical to Stuart Reid.

FDRfan
Sugar City, ID

I disagree that SB54 will result in a larger Republican Party. Instead it will lessen the power of either party. The individual candidate will be able to focus on the issues which may very well cross the party lines. At least I hope so. I will rejoice in the death of both parties.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Mr. Reid's guiding principal in political life was to get elected."

You just described virtually every politician.

Hoosier Hot Shot
Indianapolis, IN

Yup, the job of any elected official is to get elected. Is there any other way that he or she can get their ideas into laws? So the solution if you are opposed to "just get elected" is to do away with the legislature, the Congress, and the Presidency and the political parties. Sounds to me that Reid works on principles and can be a model for individualism and ideas, the way we otta pick our representatives.

Goldminer
Salem, ut

Stuart was a very good LDS Chaplain! I knew him personally at the National Training Center when he was there for training.

Civil
Salt Lake City, UT

@RayVaughn

Let's see:

"As a Utah Democrat, I spent most of my time, 29-some years, trying to reform the party when it came to these moral social issues, but it just wouldn’t budge. The smaller the party’s become, the more the extreme elements are controlling the party so it’s very hopeless now."

Yeah, 29 years, he's a flip-flopper alright...

"My politics didn’t change at all. Whether as a Democrat or Republican I’ve always been conservative on fiscal issues and moderate on moral social issues."

"Over three sessions I’ve passed a number of bills that have set up a new infrastructure and will create a new model to try to help the 52,000 children in the state of Utah that are part of the intergenerational poverty and welfare dependency cycle. Setting up an infrastructure and framing a model for intervening in their lives I think is the most important thing I’ve done while I’ve been in the Legislature."

Stuart Reid has done some of the most important work done in the legislature over the last 4 years, and is stepping away when he could easily get re-elected. Pretty admirable.

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