I'm betting this would have been your vote no matter what. Admit it.
Representative Matheson didn't vote for any health care reform bill. What more
can you ask. Philpot is an ideologue clone like Chaffetz. He is unfit for
office because he does not embrace the art of compromise and cooperation with
others who have differing views. He is the embodiment of the Party of No on
You are right. Matheson was ready to vote for the health bill if they needed
him, he waited until the last minute to see if he could find a politically easy
way out because he knew he would be skewered in Utah for supporting it. He is a
Nancy Pelosi Democrat ( he voted to seat her as speaker) in the end. He also
voted to delay the vote on the tax cut bill until he could find a way to weasel
out of that vote as well. He needs to go, he is part of the problem in
Matheson's voting behavior is easily discerned. He voted "yes" on all the
procedural votes that escalated the bill to its final passage. In
fact, he's voted 93% of the time exactly the same way Nancy Pelosi did. When it came to the final vote, however, he voted "no." Why? Because
he knows that it's been moderate Republicans like me in his district who have
crossed over time after time and voted to keep him in office. He
knows the demographics of his district, and he knew a "yes" vote for final
passage would be political suicide. His political calculations drive his
motivations for the way he votes. In the last two years he has
shown who is most important to him -- it's been the Democratic caucus and its
whip count that has counted more than the will of the people in Utah. He will never again have my vote, least of all this year when there is a
viable conservative candidate who opposes him. Morgan Philpot is
the truer representative of this district, and I invite everyone else who lives
in the 2nd District to defy Matheson's negativity and vote Philpot for Congress
Matheson seems afraid to listen. He sends form letters and has scripted
telephone conference calls. My wife and I have tried to communicate with him to
no avail. We have watched and waited for any town hall type meetings
where he could actually take the pulse of his base of support. We have found no
such meetings. We watched and waited for him to show leadership as
Co-chair of the so called "blue dog" Democrats. In the conference calls and in
letters, on TV or in his periodic mailings, his position on the Healthcare
Reform was not clear. He chose to not show leadership in opposition to
Healthcare Reform, but took a low profile last minute "no" vote when the bill
was safely in a position to pass. He has voted in lock-step with
Madam Pelosi over 90% of the time. Apparently while in Washington
Congressman Matheson has forgotten that he has been elected to represent Utah
constituents, not the Obama/Pelosi agenda. He will not have our support next
week or in the future.
I love all the people talking about Matheson's voting record.More
important than what he voted for in accordance to Pelosi, what did he vote
against? I want to know. At least, that's what you Repubs were saying about
McCain's voting record in relation to Bush's. But that's okay,
things are always different when the shoe is on a different foot! Kinda like how
deficits didn't matter while Bush was in office.
The talk about redistribution of wealth is utter nonsense. I would worry more
about the concentration of wealth by the Wall Street types, if I were you.
Pensions are gutted, financial services are taking money away from us, jobs are
being outsourced, and who benefits? Not middle America, including Utah. Talk
about redistribution of wealth.
Jim Matheson has been pretty good and bringing home projects and money to Utah.
Utah owes him a thanks for that. But on federal policy he has been pure
Democrat, and we cannot continue to tolerate that.To all those
middle-of-the-road moderate conservatives out there who have supported him in
the past: the time is ripe for a change. There is too much at stake on the
federal level these days, and we need more conservative voices in DC.Pelosi's power MUST be reduced if not eliminated.Philpot will do
well.It is true we need leaders who know the art of debate and
compromise; we have too many hard-nosed folks in DC, driven by fringe
supporters. Compromise is important in a republic. But we also want to
approach that compromise from a strong position. Philpot moves things in that
I guess the writer didn't get the memo that all incumbents get reelected if it
goes to the voters instead of the party conventions. Jim Matheson will be
reelected with Republican votes in this "change" election. Nancy Pelosi will
also be reelected by a wide margin by her liberal district. It continues to be a
fascination how people get all riled up to "throw the bums out" but they only
want to throw out other peoples bums and not their own.
If Rep Matheson has been so good why has he been afraid to meet with we the
people. Why won't he expose himself to the voters personally. All we ever got
were those silly teleconferences and media adds. Oh yes there was one in St.
George, but that was too far away for most of us. Philpot on the
other hand has been meeting with voters all around the district. If we don't see
Matheson in the district during the election cycle we can be sure that we won't
see him any other time. Yes he does meet with the elites, but the rest of us are
Matheson = PelosiWhat more needs to be said? Matheson is just
another progressive demo that will vote with the marxists (pelosi) when she
needs him to.My vote, like the good doctor, is for Philpot.
@ The Real Maverick | 9:08 a.m. Oct. 30, 2010 :No! The
policies of Bush were not OK with most Utahns. But we also knew it would be
worse under Democrats. That has proven true in the last two years. There has
not been a conservative party at all and that is why so many are trying to
reshape the republican party.@ Gordon | 5:52 a.m. Oct. 30, 2010 :"Compromise" is the word that progressives use to keep moving towards more
centralized power, more debt, and less freedom. All we have had for many decades
now is a "compromise". We keep compromising away from good and proven
principles of governance to an unsustainable mess.We don't want
candidates that compromise anymore.That is the whole point! And it NOT
extreme to stand firm on good princlples.
Of course you are voting philpot, you live in draper, the system is working
really well for you.The question is why should someone who does not live
in draper vote for the man?And do not spout how the rich create jobs, the
rich do what is best for them, they do not hire a person unless they can make
money off of them.Why do the rich not pay its workers more?
I really like Governor Scott Matheson. And Rep. Jim Matheson seemed like a
reasonable moderate his first few terms. But his votes under the Democrat
majority have been very troubling. And frankly, he's been in more than long
enough to have made a difference, if he were going to do so.It is
time to give someone else a chance.
Republicans will take control of the House in this election. Philpot said if
elected, he will not vote for the current GOP leadership for Speaker of the
House. Rather Rep. Ryan. (KBYU) Shame on him for not supporting his own Party
leadership. He must be thinking something his wrong with Republicans in
Congress. He shows he really his extreme in his views, even about Republicans
he doesn't like And what about Matheson. He won't be voting for
Pelosi because she won't be running. So after winning the election, all this
talk about Matheson = Pelosi will only be a distant memory....