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  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    April 3, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    I was elected as a state delegate at my caucus meeting and while there are a few candidates I prefer for the senate and for governor, I have made it a point to review every candidate's website, as well as every mailing I receive.

    Also, when I was elected, I wrote down my e-mail address and told everyone, "If there's a candidate you like and you want me to learn more about them, e-mail me and let me know."

    So far, I've heard back from one person who was at our caucus meeting.

    My prediction is, both Senator Hatch and Governor Herbert will face Primary election challengers, and if you live in House district 2 or 4 (as I do) there will likely be Republican Primaries in both, which means many more of the voters will have a say in our election process.

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    Re: @Charles: When questioned informally, some of the other campaigns have reported that when they contact delegates to invite them to candidate events, some delegates (a relative minority, but still ...) say that they are already voting for Senator Hatch, so they don't need to meet any candidates. That's probably what the letter writer is referring to. Such delegates are failing in the duties for which they were elected. They need to meet with all the candidates and give them a fair hearing.

    By the way, though, I agree with your first couple of paragraphs. Many of these politicians approved of the caucus system in the past because it's what gave them the opportunity to get elected in the first place. But later when it doesn't work in their favor, then suddenly they condemn it. The caucus system is a good system.

  • @Charles the greater outdoors, UT
    April 2, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    Funny comments Esquire. Why you ask? because up until Bennett was ousted at the Convention the Establishment Republicans were all for the caucus system and love it since they CONTROLLED it. They lost control when conservatives got tired of the liberal spending ways of Republicans and voted them out.

    Everything was done according to the rules that Bennett, Hatch, Jowers, Leavitt, etc all loved when they won. Now they lost and are pouting. Too bad.

    How does this letter writer know that delegates aren't listening to all candidates? She posts no evidence of her ridiculous claim.

    And Mike, can you tell us all where this "Delegate Duties" rules are written? I've never seen them and I've been a delegate for 10 years.

    Let's get rid of the hyperbole folks!

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    I think some of the delegates have sort of a sentimental attachment to Sen. Hatch, so they're unwilling to meet with the other senate candidates. Maybe they're afraid they might learn that Hatch isn't the best option after all.

    But even if they currently prefer Hatch, they have the responsibility to give a fair hearing to ALL the senate candidates. And they understood this responsibility when they ran as delegates. If not, their precinct chair needs to explain it to them -- pronto! If they're still unwilling, then, as Mike Richards has said, they need to be reported to party officials -- as soon as possible, so the situation can be remedied.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    April 2, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    The caucus system allows us to vote for a neighbor, someone we personally know, to search out the best candidate for elected office. His duty is to represent the people of his precinct; it is NOT to represent any particular candidate.

    If members of the precinct have preferences for more than one candidate, that delegate is not going to please every member of the precinct; however, if the delegate is unwilling to listen to ALL the candidates running for office, he should be reported to the precinct chairman and the precinct chairman should report him to party officials. Party officials have the responsibility to verify that delegates understand their DUTY.

    Because delegates are neighbors, it should be an easy thing to talk to that neighbor, face to face, I have done that very thing. The delegates are doing their job properly. They're listening to ALL of the candidates and they're talking to precinct members. They may not vote for the candidate that I prefer, but they will vote for the candidate that can best do the job.

    The system works when people do their DUTY.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 2, 2012 8:04 a.m.

    The caucus system is a bust. People who want to keep it are so conservative that they cannot handle even change for the good. Are you so far gone, folks?

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2, 2012 7:31 a.m.

    The caucus system is a good system, and we should keep it. Like any other system, those involved need to fulfill their responsibility. The same applies to a primary or the general election, where people need to fulfill their responsibility -- that is, carefully study the candidates and then get out and vote.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    April 2, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    Yet another example of why this corrupt system needs to go!

    If folks cannot see how bad this system is then they are either truly blind or living in a cave.