Utah GOP chairman race focused on fight over candidate nomination process

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  • jody OREM, UT
    May 15, 2017 12:16 p.m.

    Go Rob Anderson! The public is finished with Evans, and Wright is much the same.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    May 15, 2017 9:50 a.m.

    The only reason I would not want James Evans to continue as chair would be if he decided to run for Senate next year. He is one of the most intelligent, articulate people in politics. He completely shut down Carol Costello in an MSNBC interview (she was so befuddled she bailed out). Normally nobody even knows or cares who the party chair is, but Evans is a threat to liberals.

    He is correct to fight the buy my vote law. It’s unconstitutional. Political parties are private entities. Telling them how to choose their candidates is like the government telling the Mormons how to choose their prophet or PETA how to choose their president. Should we just pass a law saying everyone in Utah gets to vote on who leads the ACLU?

    Anyone can start a political party and they can set whatever rules they like in choosing their nominees. It is absolutely none of the government's business on what process they use. James Evans understands this.

    But the most ringing endorsement a Republican party chair could get is the strident opposition of liberals. And Evans has earned that. Replacing James Evans would be like replacing LeBron James.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    May 15, 2017 9:34 a.m.

    Evans should go. Wright sounds even worse. Vote in Anderson. Utah GOP should show some common sense and support a law drafted by a republican legislature and signed into law by a republican governor.

    Unfortunately the convention is dominated by the far right wing of the party - as evidenced in part by the support of Johnson at the convention, and his going down in a terribly lopsided loss to the more moderate Herbert in the primary. The caucus system does not represent Utah republican voters and has been overtaken by the fringe.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    May 15, 2017 8:03 a.m.

    Evans wants out---this is all taking time away from him gouging people with 5000% loan interest rates.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    May 15, 2017 6:12 a.m.

    bill in af

    Thanks for your fight.

  • PamFlinders Sandy, UT
    May 14, 2017 11:46 p.m.

    As a moderate Republican I resent the fact that this man likes to call himself dictator on what does and does not count as being a Republican.

    Looking at the national Republican party I hardly feel represented at all. Since when did we become the party of anti-science? Since when did we drop our fiscal conservatism for tax cuts and an overpriced wall? When did we become the party that only serves the wealthy?

    It's time for moderates to stand up and take back the party from the fringe.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2017 11:43 p.m.

    "People would be up in arms if that happened in their churches. Republicans feel the same way about a law dictating how a private organization runs."

    But in a two party - only system both of the parties are quasi-public. And in hyper-Republican Utah that party is virtually part of government.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    May 14, 2017 11:24 p.m.

    As a Republican delegate, I'm appalled by the attitudes and behavior I see at our conventions.

    The gulf between party insiders like Wright and his ilk and the rank-and-file voters of this state is wide and deep. And too many caucuses have failed to find people who will actually represent their precinct. Herbert's resounding victory over the convention-favored Johnson is just one of many evidences that too many delegates are out of touch with the Republicans they represent and out of touch with reality.

    The caucus system was never designed to override the electorate and anoint office holders. It's designed to find viable candidates, and if there's more than one viable candidate - if no single candidate gets 3/4 of the convention vote - the party as a whole should decide.

    The vast majority of Republicans in this state supported caucus reform. The legislators we elected gave us a reasonable compromise bill to do that. The courts have ruled it constitutional.

    I actively discourage those around me from donating to the state party until leaders are selected who will not attempt to use those funds to silence their neighbors.

  • libs think what??? Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2017 10:39 p.m.

    the courts have already thrown out the objectionable part of SB54, the open primary, so where we stand now is good. time to stop the fight over signature gatherers

  • today gunnison, UT
    May 14, 2017 10:00 p.m.

    James has worked hard as the state GOP chair. James has served us well when dealing with the many challenges these past few years, We need James' objective leadership as we move forward in promoting our conservative values for the state of Utah. James is a hard worker and has taken the time to visit the many county conventions in all the state of Utah.
    Go James.

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    May 14, 2017 8:39 p.m.

    CMV is being brought forth by the good old boys and the media. They want to choose for us, because they know better than we. The party has not been hijacked by the extreme right. Those that go to the caucus meetings are the ones that really care and have studied what is going on. Too many people are spoon fed by the media as to which candidate would serve us better.

  • Ronald Fox Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2017 7:07 p.m.

    James Evans is a dedicated Republican, who has done a very good job as Chairman of the Party. He has tried and succeeded at walking a line between forces who wish to end the convention system and go to open primaries and those who wish to keep the present system. He has done a good job at running the party, raising the funds to run the party and lastly represented us well with the Republican National Committee. Every election year you get beaten up for all the things you do or don't do. He has many bosses, the elected officials, the State Central Committee, and then the State Delegates.

    In assisting with the Trump Campaign here in Utah, he was always fair and when the President won the nomination, he was right there to help.

    In this job, you cannot be all things to all people, but I know one thing, James Evans has sacrificed personally while succeeding in running the Republican Party.

    James Evans deserves to be re-elected as State Party Chairman.

    Ronald L. Fox
    25 year Utah Republican Party member, past County, State and National delegate.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    May 14, 2017 5:09 p.m.

    Time for James Evans to go. He's too much like his boss.

  • bill in af American Fork, UT
    May 14, 2017 4:53 p.m.

    As a state delegate numerous times since 1988, I believe it is time for Evans to step aside. The Republican Party has only themselves to blame for SB 54. Count My Vote would never have been needed had the party not fallen to the control of the far right. Moderates are discouraged from being in the party. The only fair way to get a candidate that represents the views of the majority of Republicans in the state (who happen to be moderate) is through the signature process. Only far right ultra conservatives make it out of convention. I know. I have been battling against them for years.