SB54 fight within Utah GOP continues with effort to oust party chairman

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  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 19, 2019 10:27 a.m.

    @Zabilde - Riverdale, UT

    Weiler ought to be a school board member in Davis County. His showboating over Ash Wednesday was pathetic and had no place on the hill.

    Agreed that the state should not control the GOP policies.

    What the party needs is someone besides the oligarchs picking a new chairman.. I don't think they are capable of doing that.

    As we can see by some of the comments here, there are still people who are like Karl Rove out there. He didn't see the Tea Party coming and he didn't see Trump coming...but the problem is all those voters who did. Isn't the GOP about the voters?

    As long as they want total control of the process, they will never see eye-to-eye with the voters.

    To confuse the issue, The Church is veering left as globalists, making the GOP here think they need to shift left, too. But the voter doesn't see it that way. See Mia's loss.

  • BarryB Provo, UT
    March 19, 2019 7:16 a.m.

    SayNoToBo beautifully described the destruction of the Utah GOP: Tea party, social media, exit bennett, enter Lee, rise of MAGA. I don't know if we will see McMullen again but I certainly hope that someone like him who is not mired in the mindset of the 1950s will rise and give Republicans someone to vote for and still look at themselves in the mirror the next day.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    March 19, 2019 6:53 a.m.

    It has been said that there is an "evil party" (Democrats) and a "stupid party" the Republicans. It looks like some Utah Republicans are determined to get a "crazy party" added to the list with their incessant friendly fire on their fellow Republicans.

    SB 54 was a horrible bill, but it has become settled law, and wasting time and money fighting that is crazy and/or stupid.

    Perhaps if the malcontents put their efforts into getting Republicans elected we would not have more Democrats in the legislature and a Democrat congressman.

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    March 19, 2019 5:49 a.m.

    Say No to BO you are close but you have some facts messed up. You are right that the Tea Party and social media upset the control of the party elite and booted Bennett giving us Lee. But it's not the members of the SCC who are refusing to see and hear the view point of the Trump supporter in Kearns.

    It's the monied establishment Elite who backed CMV and SB54 and whom Rob Anderson has worked to support in his efforts to undermine the Party's efforts to fight SB54.

    He's not only refused to do his duty as the Chairman, at one point he tried to declare the Party bankrupt. And at the same time Sen Todd Weiler and a couple other establishment "Republicans" had the paper work ready to create a new Republican Party. In other words they were ready to try a coup to seize control of the name Republican Party.

    Rob lied to win his seat two years ago and isn't likely to retain his seat.

    And the fight against SB54 will continue. CMV violated the compromise behind SB54 when they ran their petition last year, the House voted to repeal it this year. The Senate didn't get to vote it might have been repealed.

    The State has no business telling any party how to choose it's nominees.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    March 18, 2019 9:50 p.m.

    SB54 is right and proper
    Choose the right.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 18, 2019 8:57 p.m.

    That's two chairmen in a row who are under attack. The Utah GOP leadership has always pandered to the power brokers and money bags. The voters were clueless. Then came the Tea Party and social media. Exit Bennett. Enter Lee.

    The committee never got over it and never adapted.

    Losing this guy is a good move, but his replacement is likely to be picked by the same people who are out-of-touch with the guy in the flannel shirt sitting at his kitchen table in Kearns. The party leaders want to be globalists. The rest of us are MAGA.

    Unless they install a down-to-earth chairman, they might as well keep this one. They'd better figure out how to listen to the Trump voter because Evan McMullin ain't coming back.

  • Government OF the people... Abe Kaysville, UT
    March 18, 2019 7:15 p.m.

    Anderson is a class act, and there is a group of folks who don't like the way that he actually gives voice to the everyday Utah Republican. Heaven forbid that all Republicans in the state be represented, according to this super-minority!

    Anderson was the right man for the job, and this very same, small group that wants to oust him is this same group of individuals who seem to love to spout the rhetoric that we are a representative body of the people, and our government is not controlled by what they call a "mob..." which describes them exactly- a superminority that wants to control the vote of the entire Republican state body. One solution is for county delegates to vote those who support the idea of a minority minority-controlling SCC body, out of office.

  • Beam Me Up Scotty Layton, UT
    March 18, 2019 6:59 p.m.

    An appointed investigative committee report showed that our state party chairman admitted to filing Bylaw changes on 3/12/18 that not only did not reflect the changes approved by the GOP State Central Committe, but he also substituted his own changes wherein he had no authority to do so. He also included signatures of other party officers on those changes without their consent. Also, it is not true that the SCC change the rules to make it easier to oust an officer in the party. Instead, the SCC approved a standing rule, that recognized rules already in place as prescribed by Roberts Rules that officers can also be removed "for cause". No new rules were created, only existing ones recognized. The whole truth is important to make informed decisions.

  • Jbejarano Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 18, 2019 6:37 p.m.

    It’s time for a change. New leadership needs to happen, not impressed by recent pleas for him to retain power.

  • Paul Scholes Provo, UT
    March 18, 2019 6:23 p.m.

    One strategy is to leave the party. Another strategy is to remain within the party and then work hard to wrest it back from a non-representative group of hardliners who want the party to represent their very narrow view of the world and the party. I would suggest that the better approach is to stay in and fight against extreme views of the vocal minority. The victory of SB54 is a great starting point.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    March 18, 2019 5:35 p.m.

    Mr. Anderson has acted like a king and refused to the job he sought out and obtained under false pretenses. While pledging to party delegates that he "was not the SB54 candidate," Mr. Anderson has done everything in his power to undermine the party's fight against SB54.

    That may well be viewed as the moral or correct position to take by many. But it is not the position either the elected delegates nor the elected State Central Committee has chosen to pursue.

    It is the job of the delegates to set party platforms and general direction. It is the job of the State Central Committee to determine specific policies. It is the job of the Chairman to execute those policies.

    Nobody asked Mr. Anderson to break the law; certainly not to harm anyone. They directed him to transmit a new set of party rules to the State as required by State law. It is up to the State to challenge rules they think violate State election laws.

    If Mr. Anderson can't or won't do the job he sought out, he should resign. Obviously, he won't do that as he plays king.

    So the party is going to have to replace him.

    Those who don't like the way the GOP is run, can and should support a different party.

  • BAKA Lindon, UT
    March 18, 2019 3:53 p.m.

    A small group of elitist state GOP leaders are determined to retain control of all power in the state Republican party. They are very corrupt. This is one of the reasons I left the Republican party.

    March 18, 2019 3:07 p.m.

    How did the Utah GOP get to be such a rolling dumpster fire? And what can be done to fix it?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 18, 2019 3:05 p.m.

    The Utah GOP can't govern their own party. Yet, for some reason, so many Utahn's think it's a great idea to let them manage our state.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    March 18, 2019 2:41 p.m.

    Anderson seems about the only sane person in the Utah GOP party's central governing body. We need to keep him, and oust the rest of them.