Courageous candidates

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  • sodiedog Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    Where did Philpot get all his money? Couldn't have been 2nd district.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    It didn't help that the Citizens United ruling by the supreme court allowed corporations/unions and private groups to basically donate whatever they wanted, leading to lots of groups working in the shadows where upwards of 90% of their money came from a few billionaires or their records are completely secret as to who is even backing them.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2010 7:56 a.m.

    Why is it that candidates, Republican or Democrat, think that they are more important than principles? Utah is a conservative state. The people are conservative. The people have high expectations of themselves and of their leaders.

    Promising a chicken in every pot and a new car in every garage is political pandering; yet, that is exactly what many of the candidates try to do. They tell us that they, and government, can solve all of our problems, if we will just elect them to office. They tell us that only the "rich guy" will have to pay for those services, that the good, hard working, average Joe should get what he is not willing to pay for at the expense of those who were willing to work harder.

    It is no wonder that Utahns have rejected candidates who sing that song. It is contrary to the ethics and the principles of the people of Utah. Foolish people think that glib words can replace principles. Foolish people think that putting a pretty face on governmental control of our lives will make loss of liberty acceptable.

    The people of Utah will not be fooled by false ideas.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 7:32 a.m.

    If money is the deciding factor in campaigns why didn't Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina win in California? They both outspent their competitors.

  • William A Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 2:45 a.m.

    That would also include the special interest groups who gave vastly more sums of money to Matheson than to Philpot, no?

    And, in other states, to Reid, Boxer, Frank, et al?

    Just checking, for consistency's sake.

    The person who doesn't understand that BOTH of our parties are corrupted by special interest money - from private corporations to public sector unions to extremists ideological organizations on both the left and right - is truly an ignoramus.