The power broker: Can conservative icon Gayle Ruzicka stay relevant in today's Republican party?

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  • For Liberty Orem, UT
    March 13, 2019 5:15 p.m.

    Those of us who still value faith, freedom, and family appreciate Gayle's efforts more than we can say. If more people were as knowledgeable and committed, our communities, state and country would be better off. Unfortunately ignorance, apathy, and negligence have taken their toll. We need more people who value correct and lasting principles over self aggrandizement, financial gain, and political power. Thank you, Gayle and God bless.

  • RebelScum Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2019 11:48 a.m.

    "Can conservative icon Gayle Ruzicka stay relevant in today's Republican party?"

    I hope not. She has always been on the fringe, at least to my thinking.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    March 11, 2019 10:36 a.m.

    Im sorry to say it but Gayle Ruzicka is out of touch and her values only benefit the few.
    Her stance on issues are dated and she no longer able to be open minded to todays values.

    You championed the state and the people during your time but Its time for Gayle Ruzicka to retire

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 11, 2019 7:02 a.m.

    This is America. Everyone gets a say. She is a dedicated advocate for what she believes

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    March 9, 2019 7:27 p.m.

    The republican political party has prostrated itself in complete total obsesiance to the likes of trump who is unquestionably the complete antithesis of all that was good about the republican party namely fiscal restraint and family values.

    The republican political party will persist in ignoring/excusing everything trump has done, does and will continue to do.

    The only thing politically relevant in trump's iteration of the once proud republican party is to blindly follow trump however low he takes the party in terms of ethics, integrity and morality.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2019 5:06 p.m.

    For one thing, the party doesn't even look like the party she spent years identifying as her party. They have gotten more extreme right in some cases and in others put their party to shame with fiscal irresponsibility especially at the federal level.

    She is no longer relevant. Few pay much attention to her anymore where at one-time a law would suddenly be passed or not passed just by the look she gave legislastors over her glasses.

  • Bob Tanner Price, UT
    March 8, 2019 9:43 p.m.

    This is a women who seems to hold on h he past more than move into the world as it is today. Things that were black and white when Mrs. Ruzika began her political career are not so black and white today. The definition of "family" has changed. Schools have changed dramatically from the time I was in grade school in the 1040's. Our laws have gone from black and white to grey. Listening to Mrs. Ruzika she is still a dedicated worker to her cause, it is just that time has passed on and her relevance is not what it was when I first knew her 30 years ago.

  • Susan Roylance
    March 8, 2019 9:00 a.m.

    God bless Gayle Ruzicka!
    For those who don't believe in God, they might not like the fact that Gayle Ruzicka's work at the Legislature has saved the lives of many unborn children, has protected the rights of parents to make the decisions for the children (unless the parent has been proven unfit), and has protected the State of Utah to be supportive, and in sync, with the Constitution of the United States.
    We are all blessed by the great, untiring, work of Gayle Ruzicka!

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2019 9:45 p.m.

    @Herbert Gravy - Salinas, CA

    @Impartial 7

    “It would be good for us all to remember that we also have a Constitution and what is known as an Electoral College.”

    No one forgot that, Herb. Imp was correctly pointing out to Light that he was wrong when he said a majority elected Dear Leader. In fact, the GOP has won the majority of votes in a Presidential election only once since 1992, and that was in 2004.

  • Matno Pelham, NY
    March 7, 2019 7:38 p.m.

    It's incredibly rare to hear anyone say Gayle is mean or rude - after they've actually met her. I've heard many, many people who have formed their impressions of her second-hand criticize her profusely, and it is wholly unwarranted. She is a master of making friends with her opponents because she genuinely loves people. Few people have ever been as frequently, falsely, and maliciously maligned as Gayle, and it doesn't phase her one bit. She may not always be 100% right, but she's pretty darn close, and she is remarkably brave for standing up for unchanging truth in a rapidly changing world.

    Point of note: this article tries to pit Gayle and Mike Lee on opposite sides of the paid family leave issue, but the fact is that both support family leave and both oppose using taxpayer funds to pay for it. Lee's bill is to allow people to withhold contributions to their own social security fund to cover family leave costs. They could then pay it back by extending their contributions to an older age. It does not use tax dollars, which is exactly what Gayle supports.

  • WonderBoy Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2019 6:25 p.m.

    Gayle Ruzicka has done a lot of good and some bad. I've witnessed her straight up lie to win support to her side. Like all people, she's a mixed bag. Congrats to her on her long career.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2019 5:45 p.m.

    @Mom with a Mission:

    Everybody agrees that Ruzicka has a right to express her ideas and lobby for the laws she likes. But many of us find her views to be narrow-minded and mean-spirited, and we wish our legislators didn't pay so much attention to her.

  • stand up for truth Lehi, UT
    March 7, 2019 4:43 p.m.

    @PhineasGauge - St Paul, MN says "It is always interesting to hear the Conservative white washing of history. I noticed then they were discussing Gayle and the forums grass roots fights they did not mention some of the less PC ones. Namely, their fight against interracial marriage, desegregation and interracial adoption. Hard for me to show grudging respect for those stances. Those were Conservative "pro family" positions as well"

    Lies, lies, lies. None of this is true. Eagle Forum nor Gayle ever promoted these stances.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    March 7, 2019 4:36 p.m.

    As much as I detest some of the ideas she promotes, I believe her to be honest and sincere in her words and deeds. Can she be relevant with today's Republican party? I don't see how anyone with a shred of integrity can be part of the criminal enterprise known as the trump presidency. Money laundering, insurance fraud, real estate fraud, tax evasion are all criminal offenses. Pornography, adultery, sexual assault are things she abhors. She should distance herself from the relevance of the rebulican party.

  • Mom With A Mission Lehi, UT
    March 7, 2019 3:37 p.m.

    I love all the whiners saying her ideas should not be allowed, and that she has no right to influence legislators. Did any of you study American History and Civilization? She is doing exactly what everyone should be doing. The reason she is so effective is because she cares enough to be there, to get to know the legislators, to talk to them, serve on committees, and articulate her views without “bullying” name calling, disrespecting, or bribing. She volunteers all her time. If you’re so opposed, get up there and make your voice heard too! I’m sure she’d be happy to show you the ropes.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    March 7, 2019 3:01 p.m.

    @Impartial 7

    It would be good for us all to remember that we also have a Constitution and what is known as an Electoral College.

    That is how we elect a President. Candidates who understand this concept campaign in the states that will most likely determine the election.

    Seems as though Donald Trump understood this pretty well. Future candidates might well take note.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 7, 2019 2:46 p.m.

    @Light and liberty;
    "The silent majority that elected Trump will still be around in 2 years."

    You do realize that the majority of Americans voted for Hillary-right?

  • citygrrl SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 7, 2019 2:43 p.m.

    Gayle Ruzicka represents that paradox of activism: the woman upholding "traditional" values who spends an inordinate amount of time away from the hearth. Isn't it ironic that someone who spends so much time to keep women in the home has to spend so much time out of the home?

  • PhineasGauge St Paul, MN
    March 7, 2019 2:12 p.m.

    It is always interesting to hear the Conservative white washing of history. I noticed then they were discussing Gayle and the forums grass roots fights they did not mention some of the less PC ones. Namely, their fight against interracial marriage, desegregation and interracial adoption. Hard for me to show grudging respect for those stances. Those were Conservative "pro family" positions as well.

  • banliberals Bountiful, UT
    March 7, 2019 1:38 p.m.

    Any man who supports 'born alive', is not a man........glad we have Gayle to fight against them that do!

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    March 7, 2019 1:15 p.m.

    Her day will come when she has to answer for all the horrible mean things she has done and hateful things she stands for. Karma

  • ncraigc Kaysville, UT
    March 7, 2019 12:49 p.m.

    It amazes me how people on the left, many who yell, riot, use abusive language and prevent people from speaking on campuses accuse people on the right of being dictators for expressing their opinions in a dignified way.
    Gayle has always been and will always be relevant to me.

  • TheRealDJT Sandy, UT
    March 7, 2019 12:46 p.m.

    How can one be "moderate" on a subject like abortion?
    The Liberal-Left has derided conservatives and ridiculed their arguments as a "slippery-slope" fallacy. But we see now that the slippery-slope was real. We have already slid to the very bottom of the slop. The Democrat party really does support "very late third trimester abortions".

    There are only three trimesters, and so "late third trimester" means "right up to birth".
    And then they even want to let Mother and Doctors "have a discussion" about whether a live, viable, living, already-born infant should be allowed to live or die.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    March 7, 2019 12:37 p.m.

    Conservatism is actually wining the culture war, now that the elite media outlets no longer have a monopoly on the control of information.

    Younger people have always appeared to be "more liberal"; but then they keep growing up and becoming conservatives.
    Recall that all of today's conservatives were once flower children who believed we were entering the Age of Aquarius!
    Reality has a habit of requiring that it be faced.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2019 12:30 p.m.

    so, you're a Ruzicka supporter and don't want the truth told about her history.

    Sometimes, people call your "denial" a dialogue that introduces truthful information into the subject matter. That is EXPANDING a narrow focus that someone else may have.

  • Light and Liberty St George, UT
    March 7, 2019 12:26 p.m.

    When can the 'white, mormon, male' have an advocate for victim hood like everyone else burrowing at the trough of the Utah Legislature or, in fact, across America? Why can't we allow people to figure out a few things on their own without running to the seat of power to whine, complain, and espouse victim status? If you truly like freedom, equality, and justice, you would say to all those crying 'victim', 'this isn't our job. Go find your own path to peace, prosperity, and happiness without wanting the validation of somebody in the seat of power or carving out a special place for you to blame someone for your own challenges or problems!' Trump exists because that silent majority, who thought vainly and naively for a generation, finally said, 'this is ridiculous. Give me someone that won't continue siding with the irresponsible, the victims, and the ones who want someone to make them feel good.' The legislature and our government is not meant to solve every crisis. The silent majority that elected Trump will still be around in 2 years.

  • Lester L. Wester Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2019 12:04 p.m.

    The actual symbiotic relationship is the Utah Eagle Forum, The Church, and the Utah Republican Party. Nothing any of them say or do will surprise me. Do whatever you want- to yourselves, however, leave the rest of us free-thinkers alone!

  • DaleG slc, UT
    March 7, 2019 11:14 a.m.

    Gayle is correct most of the time, except on cannabis. The hedonists just rage at her.

  • ER in DC GT, 00
    March 7, 2019 11:07 a.m.

    The only extreme position I take is as an Extreme Moderate. Ms. Ruzicka appears to be a bully extremist. I don't care if you are an extremist on the right, or the left, I am not with you.

    And @ We the People, do you even read what you write? Do you understand that what you have said has nothing to do with the American constitution, the idea of the American Experiment, and the concept of freedom of agency?

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2019 11:00 a.m.

    First off, I can only think of one or maybe two times I have ever agreed with Gayle Ruzicka. On the other hand, if those who differ with her, myself included, were to bring to bear a fraction of the energy and dedication, the knowledge of process, personalities, hopes and fears that she has, the political picture in Utah would be far different than it is. We really have no one to blame but ourselves.

  • Bloodhound Provo, UT
    March 7, 2019 10:26 a.m.

    Although I don't agree with her on every issue, I've long admired her. She is dedicated to the traditional family and the U.S. Constitution. Go Gayle!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    March 7, 2019 9:18 a.m.


    Yes, regarding the "morals" of the Republican Party.

    The very same thing can be said about the Democratic Party.

    Neither party is all wrong and the other all right.

    Each of us needs to look into the mirror more closely.


  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 7, 2019 9:06 a.m.

    Straw woman argument.

    Typical journalistic sleight-if-hand.

    Like Clark Aposhan represents gun owners.

    A reporter's Rolodex card does not an expert make.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    March 7, 2019 8:58 a.m.

    Frankly, I support her efforts.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    March 7, 2019 8:55 a.m.

    I hope she doesn't have a place. The main thing I associate with her is that she's been anti-gay for decades.

    March 7, 2019 8:49 a.m.

    I live in her neighborhood and very impressed with her character and commitment to improving this state. You have got to love and respect her work ethic and her commitment to improving our society. Those people irritated by her championing values need to quit degrading her and do something yourself. Talk is Cheap and she researches out and recommends based on experience and sound policies.

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    March 7, 2019 8:45 a.m.

    LOL. She has never been relevant except for newspaper reporters who need a story to polarize the population.

  • Red Smith , 00
    March 7, 2019 8:33 a.m.

    Thank you, Gayle Ruzika, for standing up for virtue and truth. The good you've done and do is much appreciated.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 7, 2019 8:30 a.m.

    I've never understood why such a moral and religious person needs to use threats, intimidation, fear and damnation to get people to agree with her. The Utah legislature needs to grow a spine when it comes to Ruzicka.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    March 7, 2019 8:23 a.m.

    She has always been a strong opponent of public education. Shame on her for that.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2019 8:18 a.m.

    Ruzicka claims to have an all powerful phone tree with which she can rally enough Mormon Republican voters to bring down the wrath of god on any legislator with whom she disagrees. The cowards in the legislature bend in fear to her claims.

    Does she really have that many people on this legendary phone tree to make a difference? No one really knows how many members of the Eagle Forum there are.

    Remember, the only thing you have to fear, is fear itself. Ruzicka creates a fear and legislators cower.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 7, 2019 8:03 a.m.

    Another example of a Democratic father working his fingers to the bone giving his children a better life.

  • Lia , 00
    March 7, 2019 7:43 a.m.

    Wethe people posts:

    "Thank you, Gayle, for keeping our so-called Republican legislators on the Correct Moral Path!"

    Morals can never bed associated with today's GOP, sorry to report.

  • Lia , 00
    March 7, 2019 7:40 a.m.

    She can NOT stay relevant today--
    Good thing...we need balance here...

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2019 7:37 a.m.

    Only relevant if the group gets Mexico to pay for the wall, cut the national debt, get rid of the affordable care act, and shuts down media that questions the President.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    March 7, 2019 6:53 a.m.

    Was this article and attempt by the DNews to help her "relevant" cause?

    IF not, what is the point of the article?

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 7, 2019 6:26 a.m.

    I would think it is important to distinguish that she is a social conservative. When you define conservatives (or liberals for that matter) as a monolithic group, you miss some very important points, and mislead many people.

    As a Libertarian-type conservative (meaning socially liberal, fiscally conservative), I find Ruzicka's social/religious views abhorrent for the most part. And yet, for the DN's purposes, we are thrown together merely as conservatives.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 7, 2019 6:14 a.m.

    You can never deny the power of a zealot. This lady is indeed a powerful one, armed with only a few thousand true supporters, she makes the Utah legislature quake in her path.

    Kinda' like the Bolsheviks during WWI. A small dedicated group of extremists are able to control the fate of millions for generations with their extremist passion for power over others.

  • Red Smith , 00
    March 7, 2019 6:05 a.m.

    Thank you, to this fine woman who stood and stands up for truth and virtue.

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    March 7, 2019 5:38 a.m.

    A woman of very strong character. I like her.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 7, 2019 4:09 a.m.

    Ruzicka has always done Archie Bunker's heavy lifting. Women are baby machines, not worthy of equal pay, and not capable of making decisions about their own bodies.

  • WeThePeople Sandy, UT
    March 7, 2019 1:03 a.m.

    Gayle Ruzicka, like so many of the Party Leaders who selflessly volunteer their time at party caucuses, has done so much to keep Utah politics on a correct path, safe from the fads of popular morality and the excesses of mob rule. She provides a True Example of wise and inspired Leadership, if only the voters and poiticians will listen.

    And now that the Supreme Courte has gutted our party's Freedom of Association, her role as a moral watchdog has never been more important.

    Thank you, Gayle, for keeping our so-called Republican legislators on the Correct Moral Path!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 7, 2019 12:55 a.m.

    Scott Bauer and LDS2 summed it up nicely.

  • ScottChristianBauer Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2019 10:41 p.m.

    It will never cease to amaze me how religious people feel their personal dedication to God gives them the right to do all they can to dictate to others how the can and cannot, must and must not live their lives. In a free, democratic society that shouldn't be allowed to stand.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    March 6, 2019 10:10 p.m.

    Oh, please no!