In Texas, we hear absolutely zero about (or from) Jim Matheson -- but then again
I don't hear much about my own Congressman. We do hear about Senators
Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, and much from Jason Chaffetz, who is doing a great job
not allowing the current Administration to sweep Benghazi under the rug. With
Benghazi, there are some real issues, beyond political points, that apply
directly to the competency and trustworthiness of the government.I
think Mia Love would bring more star power to Utah if that's what you want.
I think most people were enamored with Mia Love from her appearances at the GOP
Convention and her TV appearances. I was disappointed she barely lost out last
time and I've been hoping she would run for the seat again.For
fun, I looked into the voting record scores of Matheson over the years. I
collected the scores of groups since 2001 identified as either Conservative or
Liberal and found the average score from Conservative groups (139 assessments)
was 43%, while the average score from Liberal groups (69 assessments) was 52%.
I hope Mia wins.. not because I think she's the right person for the job...
I just don't want another Merrill Cook leagacy to develop. One of those is
She has my vote. Go Mia!
Everyone should run for something constantly all the time and attack 200 percent
of the time Hannity style.
Things will be a lot tougher for Mia without Brother Mitt at the head of the
ticket next time around.
@Danish American....RINO? I would trade Bob Bemnett any day of the week as
well! That's a great point. I think that you may have meant that you
would trade Mike Lee for Bob Bemnett :)I stand by my previous
comments that the Tea Party needs to fizzle out. Extreme divide in politics, to
the point of standstills helps no one. More and more (on both sides of the
isle) are concerned about who is right, rather than what's best for this
nation. Call Bennett RINO all you want, but he saw the big picture. Lee and
Chaffetz do not. Nor do a lot of prominent democrats. I do fully agree with
you on Huntsman.I am conservative, more moderate than fanatical. I
am suggesting that a better candidate emerge than Ms. Love, otherwise Matheson
will cruise to yet another victory.
Mia -- Seriously, what did she run on other than -- Mitt Romney's
coat-tails?"Mitt Romney needs Mia Love in Congress"?M-I-A, Missing In Action
During the last election watching TV one would think there was only one race in
Utah, the Mia Love vs. Jim Matheson Race. I was so relieved when the election
was over so I wouldn't have to see one more of those nonstop negative
attack ads. Can't say I was happy when Mia Love announced her nomination
as I don't want to see all her negative ads nonstop! I'm not in
her district, nor Jim's (thanks gerrymandering) but I sure wish the TV
could show those Mia Love ads to those in her district only! Ugh!
So, my favorite part about reading these comments is when readers rail against
the Obama administration for being so awful (spending, taxes, debt, etc.) yet
take no consideration of how hypocritical their criticism is based on the most
recent rule of a Republic president. Republicans seem to be fiscal
conservatives only when there is a Democrat in the White House. Republicans
never met a spending hike they didn't like under Bush and had no problem
with the budget deficit until Obama became president. Oh, and balanced budgets?
Guess who the last guy to do that was? Stifling economic growth? What would
you call 2008? How about total economic meltdown.
To "UtahBlueDevil" apparently she did run on more than just stopping
Obama. Read the post from Bloodhound.To "Bloodhound" that
idea of privatizing Social Security was first a Clinton idea, not exactly a
"right wing" idea source.The funny thing about all of the
liberals declaring that they won't vote for Mia Love, don't really
give any argument for voting for Matheson other than Matheson isn't Mia
Love.Tell us liberals, what has Matheson done that makes him a
better candidate than Love?
Note to 1st, 2nd and 3rd district citizens, and non-Utah residents...thank you
for your opinion, but perhaps you should focus your attention on your own
congressman.Since our new Representative will be “bound by
Oath…to support [the] Constitution”, the members of Utah’s 4th
congressional district will judge each candidate by his/her commitment to that
Constitution. This includes not only the enumerated powers and limits in the
Articles, but those in the Amendments. If Mayor Love is committed to free
speech, free press, free exercise of religion, the personal bearing of Arms,
Equal Protection, the presumption that all powers rest primarily with the
States, etc., she will have my vote. Congressman Matheson subscribes to a
political party that has proven that it is not committed to these things, and in
fact embraces positions that are destructive to the ends for which Governments
are established. I have nothing against Jim. He usually represents me well.
The onus is on Mayor Love to make the case that she is committed to a limited
government that will secure our right to pursue happiness.
My previous comment didn't pass the censors. Let me try again.Many
of us were not impressed by the way she handled the Mother Jones allegation of
her anchor baby story.Specifically, she claimed that the Lee Benson story
of a year earlier was false.Frankly, I wanted an explanation. I felt her
answer was lacking.She lost votes over that.She needs to resolve the
problem with an answer, even if it means an apology to Benson.
Excellent. Mia is a great person. If you don't know what she stands for you
weren't reading or listening. She articulated it well. And, if she does
nothing else but slow down the ruinous actions of Obama and his ilk, that's
enough for me. She is bright, moral, family values, walks the walk she talks and
will be a very good legislator. I like Matheson, but, he and Hatch need to step
aside. Chaffetz for Senate and Mia for the House. Intelligent representation
@Kipp: I would trade Bob Bennett any day of the week and twice on Saturday for
Mike Lee. You look in the dictionary under RINO and there's Bob's
picture along with McCain, Graham, and Huntsman.
Some of the prev. comments seem to confirm my suspicion that nothing threatens
liberals more then an intelligent woman. Mia has my vote!!!
Denver - I would be more than happy to vote for a Democrat if he was against
everything our current dictator in cheif and his croonies seem to belive in.
Great; now we get to watch 2 more years of Love attack ads against Matheson.
I'm so not looking forward to it.
She has taken good lessons from the party elite and taking advantage at the
Convention to publicize she was making her notice. She was not an elected
official and those that would want to run against her don't have this
initial push that she got from this convention. The outgoing chairman let
things go as if he didn't have a say in what happened. He bent the rules
on voting at his will. The publicity with the No or Aye count was definitely a
franchiser for the Tea-Party and Eagle Forum FreedomWorks people that should not
have happened with the electronic voting available. Mix and Match??? By the time the Medicaid and Common Core resolutions were there only about
half the delegates were there due to the attitude of those running the
convention and people like the former U.S. Representative in her negative voice
and actions. Deja Vu!
"Mia stands for limited government and responsible government."What does that even mean? Will she refuse bribes from the nra or koch bros?
Cut defense spending?I went to Mia's website when she was
running to read about her plans and couldnt find any. In fact, your quote listed
above was essentially all that it said on her website. So what does that mean? I
have heard only 2 actual "plans" from ms love.#1 to get rid
of student aid. Hilarious, since she used government subsidized student loans to
get through college. #2 privatize social security. One horrible idea which
will never happen.So Mia has 2 plans. One of them seems selfish and
fairly unrealistic to achieve. The other, one horrible and unrealistic idea
coming from the far reaches of even the radical sides of the tea party.
Privatize social security??? Such a horrible idea!Saying that she is
an example of Utah-style governing is an insult upon those governors and
dedicated peoples who with built a sprawling community from the desert.The pioneers would have failed had they had the GOP's current defeatist
Hopefully people learned something from last time. Mia represents Utah,
Matheson represents the liberals who hate the good things that Utah represents.
It's that easy....any questions? Then read the comments by Matheson
supporters. : )
I would like to see Mia cross over and run in another district. Surely, she
would be a better choice than some of the other republican representatives
serving now. With no Romney coattails this time, I doubt she will win another
race with Matheson. I feel we need at least one democrat representing our state
and would support him over Love.
at DaveRLSo? You are saying the Sarah Palin approach doesn't
work? Hmmmmmm. Go figure?
re: UTAH BillMia would do the same thing Lee, Orrin, & Jason do.
Pander to the base when "offended"
If she worked at being mayor as much as she does running for office she might
get something worthwhile accomplished.
The Tea Party needs to fizzle out. They cost Bob Bennett, a proven leader and
voice for Utah, his seat. Can he GOP please find a better alternative to oust
As an Independent living in Utah, I say don't fix what is not broken.
Matheson is not broken.
@DNsubscriber.... I do think this time around will be a tougher go at it...but
you blah blah unions and liberal this and that... good grief.... Love got huge
amounts of out of state funding and support. She had hardly done anything yet
as mayor to deserve a spot on the stage of the Republican convention.
Pretending she had less out of state help than Matheson. I do hope
she runs on her own platform, rather than "we need her to stop Obama".
That in itself is just about the worst reason to vote for anyone. You should
not be forced into voting against someone. Mia needs to have compelling
positives of her own... otherwise she would end up as an empty chair puppet to
be used by people who don't have Utah's best interest at heart.Lets hope for a good open debate on issues.... not political
Speculation, speculation. If the Speaker of the Utah House, Greg Curtis can be
beat by a Democrat, it doesn't seem unfounded that MIA can beat Matheson.
Gosh, maybe no one can beat Matheson and he will be our representative forever.
Maybe the people who didn't vote last time will vote this time and Mia will
be our Representative. Maybe people will wake up and realize it does matter who
is representing us. I believe the election is going to be held this November.
Wrong. It is the beauty of being in the House of Representatives, it seems like
the election is in November since a Representative is always running until
he/she get tired of doing it. Matheson will either quit eventually, get voted
out, or be carried out, so for those who oppose or support Matheson, both will
have the same results. My advice is don't count Mia out since it was not a
fluke last time. She is the real deal.
Does anyone know what Matheson has done or said about all the scandals in the
past months? Has he laid low and not said anything? If he has, how has this done
anything for the people of Utah or our Country? If you are a puppet of your
party, you will lay low. If you truly are for the people, you will seek for the
truth and expose people and things for what they are!
Mia stands for limited government and responsible government. Can't we see
the result of "Chicago-style politics" the Democratic party espouses?
Mia epitomizes "Utah-style politics".
She brings the crazy, that's for sure. Utah County at it's best.
She should win with Hatch's campaign manager all he had to do to win was to
spend the $12 million in Hatch's war chest and good thing because this time
around Hatch has done......? Actually he continues to do what he has done.
Point fingers when his party is not in control and be a non-useful item when his
party has the reins.DN susbscriber you need to be watchful of who
you vote for. You say the moral and fiscal decline yet Allan Greenspan said 6
months before the election that Mitts fiscal plan would incur at least 25%
greater deficit than Pres Obama's.Colin Powell said he would
not vite for Mitt even though he is staunch GOP because Mitt had the same
military advisers that George Bush employed when he sent 4000 military to their
deaths in Iraq. Not sure that is moral!Mia you have told your story
and many listened, but this time around there is no new news, sad to say you
will probably be recognized as someone similar to Hatch who hasn't got
anything for us as a state but would love to get elected.
Please, not two more years of hateful TV ads funded by anonymous persons. Or
corporations. Or whoever they are.
Jim Matheson is a merely a lapdog in Congress and for BHO. I want someone with a
voice from my District. He certainly doesn't represent my best interests.
Anyone but Matheson.
Republicans are going to do what Democrats did in the '08 presidential
race---vote off pure emotion. Republicans will vote because they think
it'll be the 'cool' or 'right thing to do'. Jim
will still win and hold on.
Naysayers above ignore the fact that Matheson outspent the nearly unknown Mia
Love by huge margins with money from unions and liberal pacs, and had near 100%
name recognition, but still only managed to get a measly 769 votes more than Ms.
Love.Love has plenty of ideas of her own, and many are shared with
other conservatives who actually run things successfully, although nearly all
are rejected by the liberals, Democrats, Obama and Matheson (but I repeat
myself) who universally run things with unbalanced budgets crippling taxes,
stifling economic growth, and ever increasing debt.I think Ms.
Love's ideas are excellent (if critics would ever listen to them) and we
desperately need her in Washington to halt our economic and moral decline, and
to promote prove conservative ideas that actually work.Mia Love for
You do realize that the current House of Representatives is the only thing
preventing Obama from owning Washington and forcing the rest of his agenda on
what's left of our free country. A vote for Matheson is another vote for
speaker Nancy Pelosi. How did that work out last time? It's not just
about Ms. Love. It's about preventing 2 years of unfettered Obamanation
with absolutely nothing to stop him. Politics doesn't end at utahs
I'm conservative and Republican. However, Love is too far out for me. She
lost me when she said she wanted to privatize Social Security.
She probably won't even end up on the final ballot. She will have other GOP
challengers and I doubt the delegates will be dumb enough to let her escape a
primary. If she does though, she'll loose again. No way will I vote for
Love needs to clearly articulate her OWN plan - rather than just be the
anti-Obama. Seriously, Ms. Love, what are YOU going to do once in office? I
did not vote for you last time because I had no idea what you stood for - only
what you stood against.
I will happily cast my vote against her again. Prediction ... her margin of loss
will be much larger this go around.
Again? Or should I say "already"?
Ugh gross. Now we will all be subjected to endless negative campaign
ads from the tea party funded Love party 24/7.I just wonder if the
Utah legislature will try and gerrymander the district again? They can only do
that every 10 years, right? Hopefully so...Mia, it is simple. The
people of Utah found you empty of ideas and rejected your schtick last time. If
your goal is to give Matheson another term then please run again.