Matheson skips convention to shake hands in Utah; aims to hold off challenge from Mia Love

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  • lloydlewisjr Montrose, CO
    Sept. 11, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    Folks, I don't know anything...oh, I mean anything about Utah politics. I only know that when I see a politician, conservative,liberal (moderate or otherwise) twelve years in office I'd be looking at his record. Now, if in fact he is a conservative liberal (oxymoron?), I would wonder if he is really trustworthy because he is not true to party platform or ideals, and if in fact that individual votes predominately with the liberal platform but puts on the robes of a conservative, I absolutely would not trust him. As for Ms. Love, I have been impressed with what I can find out about her despite her lack of congressional experience. This in my opinion is an advantage, because she isn't a part of the political cesspool in office currently. New blood, new outlook, and a fresh intelligent individual. Good luck Ms. Love, Win then prove you can do it. Mr whatsisname needs to go back into private practice or something for a while.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    GO Mia Love. We love you.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 7, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    Heaven forbid there be one elected Democrat from Utah. I guess the good people of Utah would prefer one party rule which is nothing more than dictatorship by committee (I've seen this type of government in my world travels; scary). But character and experience matter not to too many Utahns who only see the the R or D by a persons name and make the judgement based solely upon that (D equalling evil incarnate for many). It is really sad that so many people check their brains at the door.

  • Grundle West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 2:32 p.m.

    I like Jim a lot...but at the end of the day he votes to support the Democratic party leadership in our house of representatives. That would be Nancy Pelosi in the leadership position. While I don't mind Matheson's politics, I am very against Pelosi's leadership. matter how much I like him, in this very evenly divided political environment,

    ...I will vote for Mia Love.

  • aunt lucy Looneyville, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    Distrcit 4 I hope you get this right. It's time for real change in Washington and it begins here in Utah. I can't believe he isn't even running in his own district. Time for some Love!! Wish I had a vote.

  • Kinderly Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    Jim Matheson is an awesome candidate and really great at representing his constituents. Mia Love seems interesting and possibly exciting. I think that they are both a step above the general caliber of Utah politicians. It is too bad that they are running against each other. I would rather put them both in and take someone else out. lol

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 11:00 a.m.

    Matheson has a 12 year track record. Why does he not run on that? Why is his campaign all about "NOT LOVE, SHE'S HORRIBLE!!!!!" What is he running from?

    I guess maybe he does NOT have a record of putting Utah first.

    providing procedural votes to pass Obamacare despite the fact is opposed by most Utahans does not reflect Utah values.

    requiring catholic hospitals to provide abortions if they want to treat the elderly does not support Utah values.

    Supporting a dem majority and pelosi as speaker does not support Utah values.

    As was said above, he votes for his constituents only pelosi doesn't need his vote; when she needs it, she can count on Jim.

  • WillTheWolf SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    Isn't 12 years more than enough time to be a Senator? The biggest problem with our national political system is that there are no term limits (except on the Presidency). It's up to the voters to establish those term limits by electing someone with new ideas and a fresh perspective rather than reelecting someone who has gotten too comfortable in Washington. Put Matheson back to work in the real world by not reelecting him.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    Over the past 10 years I've kept track of Matheson's voting records and speeches. He carefully avoids showing support for his party's platform when in Utah but met with Palosie many more times than any conservative law makers when in D.C.. This year he played the same game along with a number of Democratic Congressmen, stay away from the DNC convention so not be associated with it and its platform. And his ad showing Love raising Saratoga Spring's taxes? It omits the reasons, the residents wanted their own police and fire protection and that isn't free. Conservative? No. Obama supporting Democrat? Yes.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    Utah Observer

    And I bet you believe the cow jumped over the moon and the cat ran away with the spoon...don't you recognize pandering when you see it. If Matheson has republican valves then change and become a republican...with him, it is all smoke and mirrors.

  • IdahoStranger NEWDALE, ID
    Sept. 7, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    "“Her policies are reckless and dangerous,” Matheson said of the reductions in federal support for local law enforcement agencies that Love proposed in a deficit-reduction plan earlier this year."

    Give me a break! Talk about slapping lots of paint around with a broad brush.

    What is "reckless and dangerous" about wanting to balance the budget and cutting back on spending money we don't have?

    I'm sure there are hundreds of very worthy projects out there that could use some more funding, but it we don't have it, we don't have it. We must cut back everywhere.

    How did the Sheriff's office survive before it started getting federal funds? All those years in the past and did they always have federal funds? No, of course not. And I'll bet that the officers had bullet proof vests before federal funding came along.

    To think that we can send money back to Washington and then get all of it back, w/o strings, is ridiculous. You don't get it all back and it does have strings attached!

    We do not need federal strings into our local police departments. "Reckless and dangerous" - NOT!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    At least he wasn't involved in the God and Jerusalem debacle at the convention. He knows he is in for a shakeup in November as he got by in 2010. He made a decision to go to this district and Mia Love has a lot of backing from the various sources outside of the GOP directly such as Eagle Forum and Tea Party. She isn't an Eagle Scout but appears to have ability to gain support and that is what elections are all about. I don't know if Utah will be better off as the GOP is now controlling almost all functions in the State of Utah and with the outside influences of Eagle Forum and Tea Party that isn't necessarily good for the state who has control in other ways also.

    The state has proven that with all one party they appear to be all in control without 40 percent of the citizens having say. Politicians need balance and that has been a problem for over 100 years with minimum input from non-members and Democrats who need a source to go to.

    We need to remember that the State of Utah is for all

  • utahboni Ogden, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 6:55 a.m.

    I don't recall seeing him at the state convention either. Was he there? If he was he definitely kept a low profile and did not talk to any of the caucuses I was in. Not sure why he continues to pretend to be a Democrat.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 6:29 a.m.

    Matheson is running scared. I think Mia's gonna do it!

    The political gamesmanship of trying to serve two masters is over. Matheson can't continue to try to please both Nancy Pelosi and his constituents.

    It's time to elect a representative who is really in tune with her constituents.

  • md Cache, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 6:29 a.m.

    Hey Jim.
    Embarrassed of your party leaders, eh?

  • RCS Orem, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 4:31 a.m.

    It's all a smoke-screen. "Hey, I'm not a Democrat! I'm a Republicrat." "What is that?," you ask. A Democrat in Washington who poses as a Republican in Utah.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 10:32 p.m.

    I heard Matheson on KSL this morning, when asked about the Republican Convention, he said he did not watch it. When asked about Bill Clinton's speech, he said he had not seen it. A man this uninvolved should not be running for office.

  • Utah Observer West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    Why are all Democrats liberal and all Republicans ultra-conservative? DN Subscriber would have us think that those extreme party labels fit all politicans. Matheson is the exception and is such a thorn in the side of most Utah Republicans that his continued success in being re-elected with the help of enough Republicans just drives them nuts every two years. He also drives liberal Democrats nuts because they think he votes too many times with the Republicans on important legislation.

    He has faced "principled Conservatives" for the past six elections with this year no exception. Perhaps a more moderate GOP candidate would really give him trouble but candidates who take extreme positions just dig themselves in the hole among Utah voters. This year is no exception despite Mia Love's popularity among GOP national party leaders. Both Republicans and Democrats have labeled Matheson a "political chameleon" but it's a label that just doesn't stick among a majority of voters and he continues to rank first in popularity among Utah politicans.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 7:58 p.m.

    Jim Matheson wants us to think he is a mythical "Utah values" Blue Dog independent thinker that he pretends to be when he is here in Utah campaigning.

    However, when he is in Washington, he is surrounded by the radical leftists who make up so much of his Democrat party, and forced to (or willingly) toe the line except when released to vote "right" when Pelosi knows his vote is not needed. He votes the liberal Democrat party line 76% of the time in Washington. That may be closer to "Utah values" than most of his Democrat colleagues, but we can do better than that.

    Ducking the Democrat convention is a good trick- it avoids him being seen with Obama, Biden, Pelosi and Reid, so people might forget who Matheson's real associates are. Well, Utah voters should be able to see through that.

    If you want a liberal Obama supporter, Matheson's your guy.

    If you want a principled Conservative, vote Mia Love. She will be the same person in DC that she is in Utah, not a political chameleon.