Rep. Jim Matheson says he won't run for re-election in 2014

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  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    Fiscally responsible members of congress, right of left, are difficult to find. Matheson will be missed.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    There You Go Again

    Typical lib deflection from the myriad of problems with the Democratic platform that does not reflect the pulse of the country.

    I couldn't care less what Reagan or anyone else has done in the past as history cannot be changed.

    Pointing out a wrong or a hypocrisy from yesterday does not excuse it today.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 8:46 p.m.

    Please, Please, Please make a run (and win )against Lee.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    There you go Again

    Typical Lib reaction to deflect from the issue at hand... the failed platform of the Democrats which happens to yes... bow to the altar of abortion, free birth control pills, condoms, etc for those that depend on the gov't for everything.

    I couldn't care less of what's happened in the past whether by a Republican or Democrat. I can't change it. So nice try to just cherry pick one issue.

    Let's hear your excuses for all of the others I listed please. I need a good laugh.

    One Democrat down, 200+ to go in the Senate and House plus a lot of dead wood RINOS as well.

    I see a sinking ship, a president flailing at the helm, and the first of several Democrats and libs that are jumping ship or not re-upping for another tour... Awesome!

    Makes me smile thinking about it!

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 5:49 p.m.


    You can't believe everything you see.

    There are leftist organizations that purposefully send out people to talk, act badly, display things, and dress funny, to be in pictures or in backgrounds, all to make the opposition look bad.

    So please provide CERTIFIED proof of REAL conservatives or tea party members, etc. with confederate flags, and not some hired leftest john doe in a background, and maybe I will believe you.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 5:32 p.m.


    Associating one person holding a Confederate flag in a crowd as representing the whole Tea Party is disingenuous at best... a typical stretch of lib imagination.

    Try harder.

  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    Regardless of where Matheson lives, he was elected to represent Utah's 4th Congressional District. Only those of us who live in the 4th Congressional District can vote for him. While I may agree more with Chaffetz or Stewart, only Matheson represents me. We each get one representative and two senators. I would hope that all of our representatives do what's best for the state, but the House members first priority should be their own constituents and the area within their district (not where they live).

    While others in the state may be thankful that there is at least one Democrat representing the state in Congress, saying that Matheson "represents" them is incorrect if he doesn't appear on their own ballot.

  • TROLSEN Saint George, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    Good Riddance.
    You will never get my vote for anything you run for.
    You are a disgrace.

  • BYUtah Fan Herriman, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    If you want to get pounded into mush, definitely run against Mike Lee. Matheson may be competitive in the Salt Lake area. But, statewide he doesn't stand a chance.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    I vote for people, not parties. Folks who vote for parties gave us John Swallow. Even though many of his problems hadn't emerged before the election, I saw enough after looking into his background to know I couldn't vote for him (e.g. his involvement in the payday loan business).

    Matheson compares well to any number of incumbents.

    A little balance is a good thing.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    id vote for anyone before mike lee. id vote no. most of the money the country owes is from wars not spending on its people so at least get that part right. every dime is in the red. not in the budget from the beginning.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    he is, and was, a good man. not a pay raise guy like many in congress. sad i remember Mia Loves campain putting signs up on pulic land. hundreds. out repulican mayor got rid of them and backed up Jim. because its about the person not the party.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 11:07 a.m.

    If Matheson does run for Senate, I hope he runs as an Independent. That way he would divide the Democrat vote, thus ensuring a Republican win.

    Open Minded Mormon.

    If Matheson ran as a Republican, the only way he would get the nomination is if someone locked up every Republican delegate to the state convention and kept them from voting. No way the Republican Party who put in the conservative Lee over the moderate Bennett would somehow turn around and allow a former lapdog Democrat vote for Nancy Pelosi get the Republican nomination.

  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 10:28 a.m.


    If you really live in Ogden, then Matheson doesn't actually represent you or speak for you. He speaks for those of us in the 4th district, thank you. Last year's election was really close, and he probably saw the writing on the wall with the Obamacare fiasco that isn't going to go away.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    I wonder what highly paid Beltway job he is getting that is good enough to make him quit the House? Good luck Jim.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 9:40 a.m.


    "...How can you ever support a party that bows to the altar of abortion...".

    Thank you for verifying that all republican women have never had an abortion for any reason whatsoever.

    Bowing to the altar of abortion?

    When Ronald Reagan was the Gov. of California, he signed into law an abortion bill that led to the murder of over 2,000,000 babies...

    Yet... Republican voters, especially Republican voters in Utah overwhelming elected him twice to be the POTUS.

  • Mtn Tracker Ephraim, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    Matheson WILL run for the senate. He sees an opportunity with ousting Mike Lee. No need to argue which would be better. Look at their voting records! If you like obamacare vote for matheson. If you like government shut downs vote for mike lee. Nether will make a bit of difference as to what direction our country is headed.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Dec. 18, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    I thought about this last night, and into this morning...

    I wonder...
    If Jim Matheson were to drop the mythical dirty (D) that exists here in Utah,
    and say - run as an (I) or perhaps even switched party to the (R).

    I think he could EASILY knock Mike Lee out of the GOP in the nomination,
    if not a Primary run-off,
    and then sew up the Senate seat with the Utah election night formalizing coronation vote.

    Since, I for one NEVER vote for the party, I strictly vote for the person --

    I could vote for Jim Matheson with a letter (R).

    Just pondering, that's all.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Dec. 18, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    The world is a better place.

  • AttilaTheHun Nephi, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    AmI the only one who got physically ill at Hatch's words: "During my 37 years in the United States Congress". As if it is a fact to be proud of...

    There's the problem with our system, the amount of time these nimrods spend in power, using the weighted powers of incumbency against all of us.

    I wish Matheson well. Orrin 'cryptkeeper' Hatch-- why couldn't you have been that kind of man around 20 years ago? Do your state a favor and LEAVE ALREADY.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    All these status quo democrats think that they are insulting conservative, limited government crowd by telling them that it will be the downfall of Republican officeholders. What they don't know is that is music to the ears of those who know there isn't any difference between a democrat and a republican. Perhaps by bringing down the republican party or changing it, America has a chance! There is no chance for a great America with Democrats in power and very little with a Republicans!

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    The only bad part of this is that Mia Love will now have an easy path to office.

    Nationally Senator Mike Lee's actions have made us (Utah) the punchline of many jokes... can't help but think Mia Love will only add to the list of jokes.

    My wish list to Santa: "Please give the Utah Republican party a better option to run for this seat."

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 6:50 a.m.

    Matheson has just seen the writing on the wall. 2014 will not be a good year for Democrats nationwide and especially in red states. After 8 years of one party rule the country always changes. Happened in 2006, and 2008, and likely will happen in 2014 and 2016.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 6:31 a.m.

    Good riddance!

    For those of the majority faith in this state...

    How can you ever support a party that bows to the altar of abortion, of supporting the dole, of weakening our military, the wholesale dismantling of the constitution, the unfettered control of the EPA, the continued dependence of foreign oil, holding up the pipeline from Canada, unprotected boarders, legalization of drugs, the shutting down of the coal industry and coal fired electricity, the continued war on Christianity, nationalization of school curriculum, gun control, support of amnesty for illegal aliens, global warming, the giving of billions of dollars to our enemies, a failed world policy, 47 million food stamp recipients, never-ending unemployment checks, no fiscal responsibility, no budgets, no constraints, compromise to their terms and they want to take your dollars and redistribute them as they seem fit.

    My gosh people, we should be dancing in the streets that one more of them has given up the fight on this front and we should prepare to fight them on the next.

    Hold the line folks, conservative values will prevail when the failed policies of the left have no one else to milk from.

    On to 2016!

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 6:14 a.m.

    For those comments above hoping that Matheson runs against Mike Lee, there are still the majority of Utahns who appreciate what Mike Lee has done for Utah in his fight against Obamacare. Jim Matheson won narrowly against Mia Love who was woefully uninformed and lacked any appreciable political experience. If Matheson runs for Senate, he would be running against an incumbent that has a vast constitutional knowledge and understanding of policy that would dwarf anything Matheson would have to offer. Matheson would lose every debate against Lee. What would also play upon the electorate would be allowing Harry Reid to retain the Senate Majority Leader status. By doing so, Utahns would in a real sense be sending Reid a signal that government gridlock, abuses of power, and corruption is fine with them. I don't believe Matheson is a total fool, but I also believe that a race against Lee would be formidable at the very least. He would likely find it easier against Orrin Hatch whom Utahns are anxious to replace.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.

    @On the other hand,
    "let me spell it out for you: Mike Lee orchestrated a government shutdown. He set in motion a series of events that cost taxpayers anywhere from $2 billion to $24 billion and accomplished nothing but bad for our country."

    Im sure you're joking its math not spelling, that was a great stand Mike Lee made against the liberal, progressive, nefarious government.
    Your 2 -24 billion (what is it?) is worth a stand against a NEW (not George Bush) 14 TRILLION dollar addition to our debit!

    Mike Lee has more GRIT than the half baked political lifers that internally have zero scruples.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 5:07 a.m.

    With Matheson gone, there will be no one to speak for the rational, mainstream (true conservative) residents of Utah -- those of us who are not far right authoritarian extremists. Matheson well served the United States and the people of Utah, and was the only voice anyone but a far right extremist had to represent us. Hopefully another rational mainstream candidate can be found, and win, so we will not be silenced. This is a sad day for the people of Utah.

  • ER in AF Harare, Zimbabwe, 00
    Dec. 18, 2013 4:20 a.m.

    I echo Open Minded Mormon's view. I am a Republican, maybe you would call me a liberal Republican. But I see more eye to eye with a conservitive Democrat such as Congressman Matheson than I do with an extremist Conservitive Republican such as Mike Lee.

    Dogma and ideology help us to frame our opinions and policy, but we should use the God-given brain we have to make decisions that need jubdment at their base. That is what I see Congressman Matheson as, someone who looks at a problem or opportunity and says: "What is the right thing that should happen here; can I find a rule to support it?" This is opposed to "What is the rule, how are we confined?"

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 1:42 a.m.


    Removing blockades Obama ordered set up to prevent 90 old veterans from enjoying their own private memorial?

    That is NOT vandalism.

    Confederate flags? That is leftest lies and extreme left name-calling at its dirtiest.

    I see no hypocrisy, but what appears to be extreme left storytelling.

    Matheson was and is simply a minion of the extreme left, and bad representative for Utah.
    Good riddance.

  • Charlemagne Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 18, 2013 12:51 a.m.

    I for one am very proud to have Mike Lee as my Senator!

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    Dec. 17, 2013 11:29 p.m.

    @A1994, let me spell it out for you: Mike Lee orchestrated a government shutdown. He set in motion a series of events that cost taxpayers anywhere from $2 billion to $24 billion and accomplished nothing but bad for our country. That's not something his constituents should be proud of.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 11:16 p.m.

    While I didn't believe that Rep. Matheson really represented the Democratic Party in the U.S. House, I can imagine and would could his candidacy for U.S. Senator against Sen. Mike Lee. I believe that Matheson would better represent the majority population of Utah than the minority viewpoint of Sen. Mike Lee who has only brought a narrow and radical conservative voting record to Congress out of the mainstream of even the Republican Party.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    I'd be okay with him as governor. I don't understand this "Mike Lee is an embarrassment" talk from people here. He's made things really uncomfortable for the Washington Status Quo. That's not a bad thing. If people in Washington (Dems and GOP) are bothered by Lee, that's a good thing. We got rid of Bennett because he got too comfy with the Washington way of life.

    But, yes, Jim. Run for governor. I think it would be a good change for Utah.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 9:24 p.m.

    For a practical politician who wants to remain sane, 14 years in the pressurized asylum of the US House of Representatives certainly is enough.

    So what does Matheson want -- Governor Utah? or Senator of Utah 2016? Those who are dissatisfied with Senator Lee should understand that now is the time to start looking for a replacement. Easy to complain about Senator Lee; however, who with integrity, talent, intellect and charm wants to stop kevetsching, come forth, run and lead?

    Hard to believe that Tia Love's ultimate goal is the House. Why settle for the House when she could replace Hatch to become the first black female Republican senator in history in 2018.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 8:53 p.m.

    bungalow wrote:

    "Some of you conservatives can't even wish Matheson well...I can't believe the political hatred that spews forth out of some people's mouths. Where is civility? That my GOP-hating friends...will be your downfall in 2016..."

    That WAS the GOP downfall for the past several election cycles. The Republicans have learned absolutely nothing.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 8:19 p.m.

    This gives Utah Mia Love, a Mike Lee light. This is a really, really bad result.

  • Bernard GUi Puyallup, WA
    Dec. 17, 2013 8:06 p.m.

    Where were the Blue Dogs when we needed them....when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid passed the Obamacare act that had to be passed before we could find out what was in it?

    12 years in public service is long enough. Time to move on to lobbying, consulting, hosting an MSNCB talk show, or some other worthwhile activity.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    He clearly thinks he can't win another election to the House or he would run. He knows that he refused to vote in favor of repealing Obamacare and that would sink him in this state. He has been trying to serve two masters for many years and it has finally caught up with him. Trying to work both sides of the street eventually catches up with you. Anyone who doesn't recognize what's really going on here is really naive. He's fooled a lot of people for a lot of years. I'm glad he's leaving.

  • Ett Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    Well, bye...

  • Billy Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    That decision is the best thing he has ever done for the state of Utah.

  • pby47 St George, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    This is good news for Utah. Matheson was elected in the wrong state, his loyalties and values have little correlation to the people he pretended to represent.

  • btalk89 Provo, Utah, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 5:03 p.m.

    What exactly did Jim Matheson accomplish for Utah?? He did NOT fight against Obamacare. He wavered and maneuvered as he always does so he can tell Nancy one thing and his constituents something completely different. Good riddance. For as long as he's been there, he sure didn't really do much. He's said, "I put Utah first" so many times some people have started to believe it. I look forward to a Lee-Matheson matchup. I'll finally have the opportunity to vote against a backbencher in favor of someone who is not afraid to stand up to the DC elite as well as the Republican establishment.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    @ManInThe Middle - I don't think Mr. Matheson's decision had anything to do with running against Mia Love again. He would have beaten her worse the second time around.

    Let's hope he runs against Senator Lee . . . and WINS!

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    I shared an office building with Matheson's Utah offices in South Salt Lake. I was surprised how much time he spent in Utah. He never really moved to D.C. ...I love that.

    I didn't vote for his dad when I was in college because I was told Democrats were socialists. Now, I know better. I am still a conservative, but a Utah Democrat is better than a California Republican in D.C.

    Industries that personally affect my family in Utah; Aerospace, Energy, Tourism, are under attack. Jim gets that. He'll make a great governor.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    I'm proud to say that I'm not embarrassed by Senator Mike Lee. All of you who are embarrassed to be represented by him in the Senate should ask yourselves: Am I proud of the 17 trillion dollar debt, the marxist march to socialism, and the end of Constitutional liberty as we know it?

    You choose your heroes from among the lying leftists; I'll choose mine from among the principled right. Thanks.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 4:03 p.m.

    As someone who has voted for many more Republicans than Democrats (granted I've cast most of those votes outside of Utah), I'd vote for Matheson over either incumbent Senator and think he'd be a fine Governor. He's pragmatic and grounded and has some real world experience.

    Mia Love, by contrast, is the lightest of lightweights. I think there are party folks who are happy to have her elected because they're confident she'll do exactly what they tell her she needs to do.

  • ManInTheMiddle SANDY, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    Don't you get it? He realizes he will lose to Mia Love and so he's running away from the fight. With the debacle of Obamacare fewer Dems will have a chance in this state.

  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 3:46 p.m.


    "Just for a change I'd like to see a politician leave office and work in the private sector."

    "I wonder what his views are on the ACA?"

    Unlike some leaders in DC today (Dem and Rep), Matheson already has tons of leadership and management experience in the private sector and ran his own company. You should look at his bio.

    Mr. Matheson's issues and voting record is on his website and he posts them on Facebook. He is against the ACA as it stands and wants to vote for it piece by piece until we get something that works in the competitive market without a one system government sign up.

    Dec. 17, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    Good! And everyone who thinks Lee would lose, he has way too much backing, especially from the Tea Parties, he is shady, but I don't think Matheson wins, and he wouldn't win again anyways.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 3:08 p.m.


    "For a minute I thought he might go look for a real job. Being elected to office is an interesting vocation, incumbency almost assures a life time job and paycheck with great benefits."

    You mean like Rob Bishop and Orrin Hatch?

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    He never fought against Obama care. He obtained his vote until the last minute, waiting to make sure it passed before he voted. Once that happened he then cast his vote and it wasn't yes or no. That is a waist of a utah vote.
    I liked his dad but Jim doesn't make strong hard stands like the ol man did.

    Open, we need more Mike Lee's, less government less spending

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    Maybe it was his health insurance premium.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    I'm Republican and tend to vote Republican most of the time. In his seven campaigns, I voted for Jim Matheson only twice. However, I appreciate his service to his district, his state, and his country. I believe he is a good man with whom I have some political disagreements. And I'm fine with that.

    I appreciate someone who is willing to endure the abuse of people too lazy or incompetent to run for office themselves. With so many in Wash DC who are self-serving and downright crooked, we in Utah are privileged to be served almost exclusively by well-meaning men and women.

    I remember Wayne Owens, another Democratic congressman from Utah. When he retired, I was embarrassed by many Republicans who were ungracious at best and often mean-spirited, derogatory, or downright nasty. Within a few months, Wayne Owens was called to be a mission president showing that the Lord knows a lot more about a man's heart than most of us watching from the sidelines.

    I wish Jim Matheson good fortune in whatever he chooses to do in the public sector, private sector, family sector, church sector, or any other sector.

  • lehiaggie Lehi, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    As a Republican I will be sad to see Matheson go. It was refreshing to be represented by someone that was more interested in the people he represented than his party.

    Thank you for your service!

  • RickH Blaine, WA
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    Finally we get to elect a Democrat!

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    It would be a delight (and a real dog fight) To see him take on Mike Lee. Lee is a embarassment to the state of Utah.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    Mike Lee is EXTREMELY vulerable right now [hence he's recent 2-steppung, flip-flopping],
    [he doesn't even have the GOP back in Washington rooting for him anymore],


    I'm afraid the 'ol gray Orrin Hatch has run his last Senate race.

    Matheson has his eye set on a bigger prize.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    "Other than that, I thought he represented Utah well in the House."

    Probably, seeing as I disliked him (he's the only Democrat I've ever voted against by voting 3rd party in 2010) and the average Utahn and I don't agree on much politically.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    Any congressman in for more than 3 terms and any Senator in for longer than 2 terms has been in too long and most likely has become part of the problem. Any incumbent who believes that he/she is the only one that can make a difference back in Washington D.C. is by admission arrogant.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    For those bashing Matheson....

    He is the ONLY representative from the State of Utah that put the people of Utah first and not the mantra of the party line (Democratic/Republican/Tea Party) politics.

    He may not have made the right decision every time, but I can tell you that he sincerely felt it was best for the State and not his Status in Washington DC.

    Can you honestly say the same thing about Hatch, Lee, Chaffetz or Bishop? NO... they were in it to get a name for themselves.

    Mia Love will be no different that those others.

  • ricecakes Murray, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:14 p.m.

    Cowardly way to announce your "retirement"--through facebook! Just the way he holds "townhall meetings" on the phone so he doesn't have to face his constituents! Looking forward to Rep. Mia Love!

  • Rosco SANDY, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    Though not a Democrat (or Republican) I have appreciated having Jim Matheson representing Utah. It has been tough for mainstream reactionary Republicans to have their voices heard--they lean so far to the right few of us can support them. Jim Matheson was one of the more rational voices left of center. I applaud his service. That said, after 14 years he should resign as should all other legislators with such tenure. With fresh blood comes fresh ideas and perhaps responsible farsighted governance would be the result.

  • Rick B. West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    Thank you for your service. I would work hard on your campaign against Sen. Lee.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:58 p.m.


    Run against Mike Lee!

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    For a minute I thought he might go look for a real job. Being elected to office is an interesting vocation, incumbency almost assures a life time job and paycheck with great benefits.

    I am sure he is thinking that gearing up for an election every two years is harder than, say being governor where one only has to run every four or senate where one only has to run every six years.

    Just for a change I'd like to see a politician leave office and work in the private sector. I imagine he'll spend the next year harping how bad a job either the governor or Senator Lee is doing. I think his time in office will be spent fund raising and campaigning rather than representing.

    I wonder what his views are on the ACA?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Jimmy Matheson has not been too bad as a Congressman...for a Democrat. But we in Utah and ALL Americans will be better served by Mia Love and her conservative beliefs to stop the unsustainable spending and destruction of our economy and values.
    I wish Jimmy well in his future endeavors, as long as they do not include trying to win elected office.

    However, Jimmy is not going to quietly "spend more time with the family." He undoubtedly has eyes on a continued career living off taxpayers, this time in some statewide office, perhaps challenging Mike Lee, or maybe seeing an opportunity for a pickup of the Attorney General job.

    A win for he AG job, or even a loss in a Senate campaign in 2014 might position him well for a run at the Governor's job in 2016. After all, his father was once our Governor, and there seems to be e distinct entitlement mentality among politicians that elected office are merely a formality to ratify their rightful inheritances- by members of both parties.

    He needs to do something with his over $678,500 in campaign funds available (as of September), probably closer to a million dollars now.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    Thank you sir for your service. Please don't be a lobbyist.

    Business management experience - check
    Entrepreneur - check
    Energy expert - check
    government & law experience - check
    Harvard (east coast) & UCLA (west coast) degrees - check

    Time to follow your father's footsteps!

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    Hmm. Something's in the cooker. Can't quite smell it yet, but it'll be fully cooked by 2016.

  • Critterman Santa Clara, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    As a life-long Republican, I was privileged to work personally with Congressman Jim Matheson for a number of years on matters of importance to southern Utah and Washington County, in particular. He was honest, intelligent, caring, on top of his game, and helped us out time after time. I would vote for him in a second over Mike Lee, who I consider an embarrassment to our state.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    I expect that Matheson will be running for governor of the US Senate. Republicans should be nervous, not excited, and I'm a Republican. Matheson could win either position and hold onto it for a long time. He is respected, seasoned, balanced. In fact, I would vote for him.

    I didn't like the fact that he was in the House because he voted for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. Other than that, I thought he represented Utah well in the House.

    I would vote for Matheson if he ran for Governor. I wouldn't vote for him if he ran for the Senate because I don't like Harry Reid controlling bills and debate in the Senate.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    Goodbye, Matheson! Your votes for Nancy Pelosi shall no longer stain our state.

  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    If a Republican won't stand up to Mike Lee, then it might be Matheson's calling to run for Senate.

  • ljeppson Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    As a left-leaning Democrat I have often been critical of Matheson, but I understand winning from Utah has been a tough affair for him and has forced some votes in the Congress. Of course, Matheson is probably more conservative than I. In spite of our differences I can definitely say I'll miss him. He has worked hard and served Utah pretty well.

    And Utah can tout itself as the most conservative, redist, most tea-party state in the union. Gag!

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:14 p.m.