With a middle name of Delano, Douglas D. Anderson must be a Democrat.
He is, and he's as close to running for the U.S. Senate next year as a candidate can be.Although not known to many Utahns, Democrats or Republicans, Anderson says ever since serving as an aide to former Sen. Frank Moss, D-Utah, in 1972, he has "groomed my life for this," a run at the U.S. Senate.
"Truthfully, I planned to be a candidate in 1998. That was my year. But politics is timing, and the opportunity came in 1992," Anderson says.
For Democrats, he's the ideal candidate: youthful, intelligent, well-versed in the issues, conservative, LDS and - very important if Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, runs for re-election - rich enough to kick in some early campaign money of his own.
What Garn will do is unknown. He'll announce his intentions some time this spring or summer. Six months ago, when Anderson first started thinking about 1992, it appeared Garn wouldn't run. Today, Anderson guesses he will. And Anderson says he'll be ready for him.
"Jake is blunt and candid. And Utahns think that is honesty. It isn't. I'm sick of hearing him attack Washington, D.C., politicians. Hey, he's been there 18 years. He is a Washington politician. He is the federal government."
Anderson believes Garn's Achilles' heel is the savings and loan fiasco, a financial black hole that's costing American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars to clean up.
"I will make Jake accountable. He was the Senate Banking Committee chairman when the disastrous deregulation bill was passed - he was co-sponsor. He's never been answerable for his appointees to the financial regulatory agencies that oversaw this mess - they wouldn't have been in those positions if not for Jake Garn." (Garn has thoroughly documented his role in the deregulation process, showing through numerous speeches that he was a voice in the wilderness warning of the upcoming savings and loan collapse if more money wasn't put into regulation).
Anderson knows Garn's popularity. He believes President Bush may carry Utah by 75 percent of the vote in 1992. He knows Garn's large re-election wins in 1980 and 1986. He knows Garn can raise $2 million or $3 million for re-election. And he's not afraid.
"I'm not looking at this (1992) race as a two-step process, run in 1992, lose, and then run again (for Senate) later. I don't have the resources to do that. I look at this as one race only. Garn is vulnerable, and he should be."
Anderson, 41, was born and reared in Cache County. "The Andersons and Funks, my mother's side, are longtime residents and Democrats. They named me Delano for a reason," after Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Anderson's money is new-found, acquired in the past four years, after he left his professorship at Harvard Business School, moved his family back to Utah and started a successful executive consulting firm based in Cambridge, Mass.
"Growing up, my family lived like the Depression was still going on. I remember ketchup sandwiches and Dad scraping the last of the butter from the wrapper. We weren't deprived, but we were frugal."
His family and life are intertwined with Logan and Utah State University - that's where he met his wife, graduated and where two of his uncles taught. He managed his father's successful 1973 campaign for Logan mayor.
After a mission for his church, Anderson and his wife went to Harvard where he got his master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government. He then went on to get his doctorate from Harvard in political economy and government. Along the way came their four children, ages 17 to 7.
"Elaine and I worked our way through college and graduate schools. I was a janitor for part of the time, she a speech therapist."
After getting his doctorate, he accepted a teaching position in the Harvard Business School. But his career was not to be in ivy halls.
"I've long had a plan. Get the good education, teach for a while, then go into private business long enough to give me the financial abilities to allow public service. And for me, public service always meant the (U.S.) Senate."
Twice, Anderson worked in Washington, D.C. - once for Moss and again in the Republican Reagan administration in 1981-82 as deputy counselor to the secretary, U.S. Department of Treasury.
"Frankly, I could have become a Republican then. It would have been easy to switch parties, and I know I could have moved up in the bureaucracy. But I believe in the ideals of the Democratic Party, that government can help people help themselves."
Because of his experience in education and his consulting work, Anderson says he'll concentrate on education and economic development.
"Utah leaders in the 1980s have made a very big mistake. They're trying to sell Utah as a place of cheap labor. We can't compete with Mexican labor and we shouldn't try. We have to educate our people. We have a motivated, talented work force. Capitalize on that."
Utah ranks last in the formula for federal aid to education. "That's a disgrace. Where was Jake Garn when that formula was implemented? Skiing? We need and deserve more than a part-time senator."
Anderson says he'll make "a formal announcement of my political plans later." But Jake Garn might want to be listening now.
Other Demos are eyeing Garn's post
Douglas D. Anderson isn't the only Democrat looking at the U.S. Senate race next year.
Kyle Kopitke, who was the Democratic Party's 1990 Salt Lake County assessor nominee, has already announced he's running for the Senate. Kopitke was profiled in a Deseret News article last year.
Kopitke originally lost the assessor primary race to Michael D. Callister. But Callister got into legal troubles and resigned as a candidate. The Salt Lake County Democratic Central Committee then picked Kopitke, who lost the final election to GOP County Assessor Bob Yates, 52 percent to 48 percent.