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Rep. Jim Matheson ekes out 6th term victory in Utah's 2nd congressional district

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  • newslover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    I don't understand... I thought Matheson was a Republican.

  • Tenn12 Orem, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    Today is a good day.

    Negative politics and mudslinging by Philpot didn't work. Maybe he'll actually try and win our vote next time instead of trying to make us NOT vote for Matheson.

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    Jim, you don't deserve this after supporting Plastic Pelosi for so long but you have a chance now to keep your word and work for Utah and not the Democratic Party

  • Utah Observer West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 2, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    It was Philpot's own Republican Party that abandoned him early without the necessary funding. Also, three other third party candidates took away about two percent of the conservative vote which could have made a difference. Matheson now begins a two year farewell tour in his 16 county GOP gerrymandered district. The Republicans in the Legislature will try a different approach next time to try to overcome this Democrat who continues to win with sufficient moderate Republican support who like his common sense, bi-partisan approach.

  • Government Man Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    Way to go Matheson. A reasonable voice in a sea of Republican Insanity!!

  • fair park Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    With the Dems loosing the house, Matheson will fade into the woodwork and in two years he will again tell us how he defends and works for Utahans..when in reality, he is and always will be in the pocket of his corporate donors. Now he can claim his votes with the Republics are a form of "compromise".

  • Lehicoug Lehi, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    Re: Tenn12

    What's negative about comparing Matheson to the House Speaker? When you vote with Pelosi ninety-seven percent of the time, I have zero problem equating Jim with the Democratic leadership in Congress.

    Good job Morgan rallying...

    Perhaps if he had ANY money from the Republican Party he could have countered the negative adds Matheson threw out there the last week of the campaign.

  • GWB West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 4:37 a.m.

    He had to have stolen this elelction.

    ACORN helped hijm steal it!!! Oh wait, they went out of business in April.

    The New Black Panther Party stole it!!! Oh wait, there is no new black panther party in Utah.

    It must've been that those Democrat liberal elitists around the U voted 3 times each because we know that a democrat couldn't have won this election fair and square.

    Then again, maybe his reelection is due to the fact that people like him and that he represents their views well enough for them to choose him for a 6th time!.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 6:34 a.m.

    Shame on you Utahns for giving this guy another two years of supporting the most radical group we've had in Washington in many years.

  • CC Saint George, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:12 a.m.

    Glad to have at least one representative that isn't in the pocket of Energy Solutions!

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:16 a.m.

    To peter | 6:34 a.m. Nov. 3, 2010

    You said: "Shame on you Utahns for giving this guy another two years of supporting the most radical group we've had in Washington in many years."

    Actually the "most radical group we've had in Washington in many years" is the far-right authoritarian extremist Republicans. Thankfully, Representative Matheson has too much class and smarts to support them.

    I'm sure that the Republicans will again try to gerrymander Matheson out of office. Hopefully that will have as little success this time around as it did last time around. Matheson is the only halfway-decent representative we've got, in either the House or the Senate.

  • dumprake Toquerville, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:45 a.m.

    It's bizarre that this Pelosi lapdog continues to win in Utah. I can only say that Matheson better start representing Utah and forget being a Pelosi clone, start supporting the values Utah wants him to support, instead of the values that belong in the bay area of California, or he will have no political future. His ads were grossly dishonest, portraying himself as an independent and a fiscal conservative. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • ricecakes Murray, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    In watching the news last night I was embarassed for Utah. In the sea of RED throughout middle America there was the Matheson Blue from a heavily Republican district in Utah. What will it take to wake up Utah voters?

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    Thankfully the rest of the nation threw out enough damocrats to make Matheson's victory meaningless. A vote for any democrat in this election was a vote for the continued destruction of this nation, our constitution and our freedoms. Now lets finish the job in two years by giving the Senate and the White House back to the good people of this nation. It will take a few generations to undo all the damage that has been done during the past two years but I believe it can be done.

  • Heidi71 Kearns, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    Yeah, but it's going to be his last.

  • smitxxx Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 8:48 a.m.

    Jim, you escaped because you didn't vote for socialized health care. But the margin is getting razor thin. Make no mistake about it. If you don't support fiscal responsibility and cooperate with the conservatives in reducing the size and intrusiveness of government, the people will throw you out in two years.

  • cdcoleman Orem, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 9:00 a.m.

    What an embarrassment for Utah. On a night when Republicans took over the House of Representatives, we weren't able to vote out Matheson. I saw the map of House Districts nationwide on Fox News and could see our blue 2nd District in a sea of red. My hope is that the State Legislature will take the task of redistricting seriously so that they eliminate any chance for Jim Matheson to ever win again.

  • Lux et Veritas Draper, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 9:41 a.m.

    cdcoleman:

    Wow, you're actually brash enough to call for gerrymandering because you can't defeat Matheson honestly in a legitimate election?

    The 2nd District is already the "50th most Republican" district in the nation. The only way to gerrymander it further would be to eliminate SL County entirely.

  • William A Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 10:38 a.m.

    *** "What an embarrassment for Utah. On a night when Republicans took over the House of Representatives, we weren't able to vote out Matheson" ***

    Read Morgan Philpot's positions on the issues and you'll understand (I think) why he failed to generate much Republican enthusiasm, and why he lost. The Issues page on his website could've been written by the Chamber of Commerce. He avoided cultural issues. His statements on illegal immigraton were all doubletalk.

    I think there are a fair number of Republicans who are finished with Republicans who represent business interests and not conservative voters. I won't support a Republican who is just another George W Bush. We've tried that brand of so-called conservatism, and it failed.


  • sodiedog Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 10:43 a.m.

    Most of his votes "with" the speaker were resolutions honoring the Crawdad Catcher of the Year or some such that were unanimous consent. And where did Philpot get all that cash at the end? He was broke not that long ago.

  • radically_independent Orem, Utah
    Nov. 3, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    "What an embarrassment for Utah. On a night when Republicans took over the House of Representatives, we weren't able to vote out Matheson. I saw the map of House Districts nationwide on Fox News and could see our blue 2nd District in a sea of red. My hope is that the State Legislature will take the task of redistricting seriously so that they eliminate any chance for Jim Matheson to ever win again. "

    That right there is probably one of the few honest comments by a right winger. The person makes no difference, it is all about the color of the map, and doing what ever it takes, moral or not, to get it all blue.

    Beautiful times we live in when corruption is so openly epoused. In times before it was all done at least it was with a wink and a nod. But were into full blown political purity now at ANY cost.

  • Cats Provo, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 11:10 a.m.

    Well, the voters were fooled again. Matheson has played the game of deceiving his constituents well.

    It will be interesting to see what happens now. Since the Dems are now in minority, they'll need every vote. They won't be able to "release" him to vote "his district" nearly as often. The voters of the 2nd district will see a different Jim Matheson--A MUCH LESS "CONSERVATIVE" Matheson. That's exactly what happened with the last Democrat Congressman when the Dems went into minority status. That's when he was defeated.

    I encourage Morgan Philpot to try again in two years. By that time, Matheson may have shown his true colors.

  • Ravenal Kearns, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    One reason why I wouldn't vote for Matheson, he's had 5 terms already. Of course, I don't live in his district so I couldn't vote for him anyway.

  • Ok, but Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 11:15 a.m.

    I was hoping, oh well. Matheson is not good for UTAH anymore.

  • Democrat Provo, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    The GOP says over and over that Jim is a "clone of Pelosi" but notice that not one of these critics brings up an actual example of where the two voted together. That's partly because: 1) most critics can’t name a vote where Pelosi and Matheson voted together and actually criticize such a vote on the merits; 2) On the most contentious issues (health care, bailouts and cap and trade) Jim voted with the Republicans! That's why Philpot, Barbara Baker and the dude on FM 105.7 never brought up the specifics or they would just lose more Republican votes to Jim Matheson. Instead they attacked his patriotism and implied he had "taken away our freedoms". Baloney. Utah is a great state that abhors negative campaigns. I hope Utah will continue to produce the Bill Ortons, Scott and Jim Mathesons, Wallace & Bob Bennetts and Wayne Owens that have always given us respect nationwide. The hard left dislikes Jim just as much as the hard right and that is fine with me. Go Jim Matheson!

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    Matheson isn't the problem. It's SL County that thinks that it is so "hip" to be liberal. That's both the problem and the state embarassment. He carried SL by about 2-1 and lost the rest of the district.

    Keep trying to be California and you will end up being just like them. That's why I got out of SoCal and that is why I chose to move to Alpine instead of SL County (as did many others that I know).

  • Democrat Provo, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    Here here sodiedog...my point exactly. If Utahns heard that Matheson and Pelosi voted together on making sure the troops in Afghanistan have body armor (unlike Chaffetz), to keep out nuclear waste or on resolutions that are totally without controversy, they would yawn.

    Prize to the first Philpt supporter who can name three substantive votes Matheson made and logically disagree with those votes on the merits.

  • Real Republican Alpine, Utah
    Nov. 3, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    Matheson's negative add, which he ran over and over and over, seems to have made a huge difference in a year when all the other districts voted overwhelmingly Republican. The sad thing about that is that the add was a gross misrepresentation of Morgan Philpot. Yes, Morgan Philpot left midterm to go finish his degree. The votes he reportedly missed were those that took place after he left the legislature. The taxes he reportedly did not pay were paid immediately when the notice caught up with him and were a small amount. The insurance was carried over to him in complete agreement with the law.

    Philpot's supposed negative campaigning was simply pointing out Matheson's voting record which shows that he will vote with the Democrats every time unless they do not need his vote.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    "he represents their views well enough for them to choose him for a 6th time!. "

    It has to be this, I'm a democrat and he bugs me to no end (I voted for Glissmeyer) because he's so conservative. The reason this was close was mostly because of frustrated Claudia Wright supporters.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 12:00 p.m.

    "My hope is that the State Legislature will take the task of redistricting seriously so that they eliminate any chance for Jim Matheson to ever win again. "

    And here I thought Utahns cared about ethics...

  • Billy Bob Provo, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    I am in Chaffetz's district and I was happy to get to vote for him, as I agree with him on virtually everything. However, I wish I had been able to vote against Matheson... How I wish Matheson had been voted out of office.

  • katamb-midvale Midvale, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    "I'm an independent voice. I put Utah's agenda above politics and party," Matheson said.

    Oh yeah, that's why you vote for all the spending bills - save a very few - Jim.

    Make sure you watch what he does in the next 2 years at Congress.org. You can sign up to get emails each week of what he's voting for/against. Very, very interesting.

  • JustAsking Saint George, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 1:04 p.m.

    Light and Truth is right on point....Thanks for bringing sanity to the comment forum.

    More intellectual scrutiny and less party dogma would serve us all well.

    Blue or Red is only the concern of those who use spin, half-truths and fear to consolidate power.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Nov. 3, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    i really wish our elected officials would declare themselves as having what is good for the nation as their agenda---having a states agenda or a corporations agenda or any other agenda is not for the good of the nation is just wrong---we elect people that we think will represent our views and know how to approach the nations problems without bias or undue pressures of any kind---

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 2:32 p.m.

    Too Bad! We will have another democratic vote on everything that will take place in the house. They will need his vote this time around and he will give it. That is who he is and what his party does. He was 'Mister nice guy' until he found out that Morgan was gaining on him. Presenting one's record is considered by Demo's as dirty politicking. Then he showed his real persona with his dirty ads, and I hope that some of that dirt that he was throwing around sticks to him.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 3, 2010 6:13 p.m.

    CB - you seem upset that he votes with his party a lot of the time as if that is something evil or diabolical. What is it you think the Republicans do? You don't think they vote in lock step, and if they dare think for themselves are not branded as RINOs?

    It is interesting when people so broadly brush the "other party", but when their own do likewise, well that is just being true to your morals, values, or what ever else you choose to put in there.

    Utah is not a monolithic block of people like it was 50 years ago. You are going to have to deport a whole lot more then the hispanic population if singleness in mind and vote is to return to the state.

    I for one don't hope a monolithic Utah never returns.

  • MillcreekRez Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    Utah needs someone like Matheson to keep Energy Solutions' radioactive agenda in check. Morgan Philpot would have looked the other way, claiming it to be a state rights issue. Anybody care to wager how long before Mike Lee rekindles his friendship with his previous client, Energy Solutions?

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:51 p.m.

    RE: Furry1993 | 7:16 a.m. Nov. 3, 2010


    It GOOOD that the Republicans control the House now,

    so atleast we do NOT have deal with current LEFT WING authoritarian extremists anymore,

    (How LEFT WING authoritarian can you get when IGNORE the people of your district and refuse to listen to the will of the country?)

    two years has been destructive enough.

    and Matheson can go back to pretending he is and "independent democrat".


    HA HA HA