we have about 2/3 of the US senate as attorneys now.Do we need another
one?Mike Lee is a great guy, but we don't want to replace our only
non-attorney too liberal businessman with an attorney that would be better used
I'm in Id. but I say go for it.... all incumbents need to be booted for the way
they have got rich off taxpayers and voted the way they have...I'm 100% for
getting rid of all incumbents. I'm sure there are some that are honest and
hardworking for their state and people they are supposed to represent..but who
knows???? I just went down last Tues. and voted against every incumbent..only
one was booted because people are stuck in the way they have always voted..too
bad but I hope others will get it and send the message to ALL..we're sick of
I know who they need:ENID! ENID! ENID!Come on, guys,
install Enid Greene! She is so awesomely possumly awesome!!ENID!
Mike Lee is an amazing Constitutional Scholar with Supreme Court experience. I
hope someone like that runs for the senate.
Bennett is the real conservative in this race and will school both of them.
I think Fred would be an awesome candidate to run against Bennett. Eagar is a
joke and Bridgewater isn't fiscally conservative. Run Fred Run!
I've been involved with Utah politics and a State Delegate for the last few
years and I have no idea who Mike Lee is. We already have Cherilyn representing
the far right I think he is in over his head. Wait and run as a state Senator or
Legislator- you are just shooting too high.
If said attorney understands the Constitution, is willing to vigorously defend
the values upon which we are founded then YES! Mike is an honest
man, passionate scholar of the Constitution and just what the doctor ordered.
I do not know Mike Lee, but the article mentions he is a constitutional scholar.
I would like to learn more about each candiate and see some debates between
them before making a decision.
turnout for a primary or general election is important, Too few and the
incumbent or name gets it, and too many they do too.State gop
convention with 95% turnout, that isn't going to matter.In june this
year, with just under 2000 of the 3500 showing up in an off year, Bennett's
reaction was poor, where 4 out of the 5 (now 3 of the 4) had booths and were
seen by more than have the current delegates.Many thousands have
heard Eagar there and at the rallys, lunches, meetings since.No one
getting in now can totally make up for not being at last years convention, no
matter the amount of time or energy spent.My opinion only.
In March of this year Senator Bob Bennett was rated one of the ten most liberal
Republicans in the Senate by Human Events based on the American Conservative
Union Ratings for 2008. Why Bennett would pay money to convince voters he is
Conservative is beyond me.Bennett abuses earmarks and spends in the
10% of the senate. He isn't conservative. Even his healthcare bill he sponsored
had an abortion clause, requiring any insurance company to provide abortion
coverage, except church owned companies. Bennett has to go. The
question is who.
Lee would be an awesome Judge. He doesn't have the experience than Eagar has
dealing with getting things passed or not and she hasn't been elected yet.
Fred would be a great candidate. Hope he runs.
Lampropolous may have the money, but he lost against Huntsman at convention. Can
anyone tell me why?Brigewater has made it out of convention and lost
twice. I would like to see what Eagar can do.
Anybody, just put a qualified person on the ticket, these incumbents MUST go all
Anonymous wrote, "No one getting in now can totally make up for not being at
last years [sic] convention, no matter the amount of time or energy spent."Whatever. This is such a stupid position, and is only being articlated
by Eager and her ilk.Just so you know, last June's convention (June
was five months ago and was actually part of THIS year0 was an "Organizing"
Convention where party officers were elected to two year terms. It has NOTHING
to do with next year's "Nominating" convention. Furthermore, the two year term
of every delegate who attended this year's convention will expire in March 2010
WHEN NEW DELEGATES ARE CHOSEN. Historically, 60 percent of each new crop of
state delegates are first times. So the majority of delegates who met
candidates at their booth's in June will not even be delegates next year.
Lee has worked closely with judges, justices, and executive and legislative
officials at the very highest levels of the state and federal government. He
understands the law and the constitution far better than any of the other
challengers could ever hope to understand them. He is exactly the kind of guy
we need in Washington right now.
Don't matter none, Bennett will win since has the LDS backing. If ya'll want
real change vote Confederate National Party.
It is very unseemly, not to mention counterproductive and downright weird, for
Cherilyn Eager and her campaign staff to tell others that they can't enter the
race against Bennett. But that is exactly what they are doing even in their
comments to this article. If they are so unsure of themselves and their
candidate that they have to resort to telling others that they can't get into
the race, then they must lack confidence in their own message. Cherilyn: your
job is to win us over as delegates by telling us why you think you're the right
candidate, not why other possible challengers are not. We will decide on our
own what we think of the others, and many of us find it very insulting when you
try to do that for us. Even worse, when you focus on everyone else, it makes us
think of you as an inferior commodity, and I'm sure you don't want to portray
yourself that way. Aside from the damage your strategy might cause to the
vitally important and growing movement to unseat Bennett, your strategy harms
your own campaign far more than anything else.
Ok, everybody who has been at their jobs for more than 15 years - it's time to
quit!!!!! Come on peeps! Experience is still worth a lot. It takes years for a
senator to get on the choice committees so he/she can fight for our state.
Besides, I'd like to see a conservative woman run.
Eighteen years a long time for a person who said he would be a one term Senator.
Term limits much needed. I am 80 years old maybe I should try and only run for
one term if I lived that long. Time for a change and replace Hatch as well as
Bennett. They have had their time and no complaints on their service we just
need new people to pick up the battle.
Did you have a typo in your comment? Cherilyn has no experience with getting
anything passed in any elected position. Or did you mean because she has
lobbied, she is somehow more qualified? Please. She is shrill and she is mean.
Look at what she sent out when Mark Shurtleff dropped out of the race. She
quickly turned into a piece all about her. Mike Lee is an awesome choice.Fred may have the $$ but he can't get out of convention.
Fred's convention loss to Huntsman was two-fold. The UEA default when Olene
[siting Gov] went out & Convention Media Presentation difficulties- combined.
Take away either and he would have been in the Primary. Easily overcome this
time.Fred would be a great and a credible candidate. If Fred enters and is
serious, depending on who he hires for his team- I think he wins.Fred has
everything the delegates would look for to defeat Bennett, including the cash to
stay up with him.Bennett must be wishing Shurtleff was still in the race.
This Lee guy sounds legit. I would like to learn more about him.
Constitutional scholar? Sounds right to me. I don't care about experience. In
fact, I'd say this vague thing we refer to as "experience" is looking worse and
worse as time goes on (Bennett, Hatch, etc).
I was at the convention when Huntsman was elected, as I recall, it was a pretty
tight race between Huntsman and Fred until the round when Walker dropped off,
and most of her 2nd votes went to Huntsman, letting him win.
I too don't like so many attorneys in Congress but this Mike Lee sounds
interesting. I say, let's have everyone run....Bennett needs to defend his TARP
vote. That one still kills me.
Bennett has manifest disdain for his constituents. Both our senators have been
in too long and should be replaced.
I pray to high heaven that this state will not have to suffer another term of
Bennett or Eager. I don't necessarily dislike Shurtleff, but I see his
withdrawal as a potential blessing of having someone REALLY good run. I loathe
that folks think they have to vote for the lesser of two evils. The lesser of
two evils is still voting for evil. And believe you me, Eager and Bennett are
very, very much the same.
Bennett is a conservative, BWAHAHA...I needed a good laugh..
I am still angry about Bennett's support of the Bush, McCain,and Kennedy 2007
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, Commonly referred to as the "Amnesty
Bill." So, for me it is almost any port in a storm, but Bennett. I am a state
delegate and I hope to be elected again in March, so that I will have several
chances to vote against Sen. Bennett. I have met and discussed
issues with Mrs Eagar, who seems a little shallow. I had a discussion last year
with Mr. Lee, who I found to be very impressive. I also, have no problem with
Mr. Lampropolous. I am beginning to feel better already! I am very pleased
that Mr. Shurtluff has withdrawn, since he and Sen. Bennett are birds of a
feather. He hope that both Mr. Lee and Mr. Lampropolous join the campaign for
the Senate. What would be really choice, would be if Sen Bennett
loses the the first round ballot at the convention, leaving Lampropolous, Lee,
I to think it is time to see Bennett go. I will not be voting for him. I also
think it is time for Hatch to find the door!
Lee is brilliant. I certainly hope "he's in". This guy is EXACTLY what we need
to replace Bennett. He's brilliant, committed to the Constitution and a true
Conservative. Go Lee!!
to meet Lee his wife and daughter recently. Nice family. I like Mike. He is
friendly real and down to earth. Hey there is their slogan! "I like Mike!"I hope he goes for it and grassroots wins again, with Mike Lee for
Senate. Boot BENNETT!
Boot Bennett? And elect whom? Nowadays a 'conservative' in Utah is a Glenn Beck
loving person who needs a basic lesson in history, economics and politics.
Embarassing to say the least! Moderate Republicans are a dying breed. Now
let's all go to a 'Tea Party' and shed some tears over our embellished version
of the founding fathers...pathetic!
I've met Bennett before and he is a nice man. He also knows the Constitution is
true, so the grass roots definitely will vote for him. Go grass!
Bennett's lips may draw near to the Constitution, but his heart is far from it.
He's too old, he has been in Washington too long, and he is still trying to
expand the role of the federal govenment. Get him out now, please. We need
Mike Lee to take him out.
This election cycle is starting to look like the perfect storm to clean house.
If the US Electorate just had the juts, they would vote every incumbent out of
office and allow a new, fresh perspective into Washington. Sure things won't be
perfect, but anything is better than what we got now
I was a Fred L. fan when he ran for Gov., I think he will be great. He has
principles and is Conservative!Many posters do not seem to get it,
Republicans used to be conservative, but not so much any more. The problem with
Sen.Bennett is he is NOT conservative enough. His position on Health Care,
Immigration, and the Banking Mess(Freddie Fiasco) are out of touch with the
MAJORITY of Utahans. He also (with Hatch) voted for Obama's Regulation Czar
which is a BIG MISTAKE that doesn't get enough attention.A
conservative state (which Utah IS) deserves to be represented by a true
People are on the wrong track in selecting representatives. How nice they are is
not even relevant and most of the time just a front for deception. Especially
for those with mormon beliefs.My belief is that no lawyers should
ever be allowed to run for representation in the administrative side of
government. They are already prejudiced by judicial government and does not keep
a separation of powers in government.Other requirements are honesty,
openness, and willing to buck the system and think of the people first. If
representatives would think of people first, party affiliatiion is not
important. Party affiliation on means who will control them and the people. I
want a representative that can discriminate and make decisions based on people
needs and open and honest government.We can't depend on the news
media for unbiased and honest reporting either. Power brokers already control
them and what is reported in the news.
There is a pay-back time. If you vote against what we want you don't get
reelected.Amnesty Bill!Out you go Bennett. You are working
for us not yourself. We the people will be heard !
Mike Lee is the real deal! He is truly a constitution scholar and is looking
out for Utah's interest. I think we all know what happens to our interests when
our senators and representatives have been in Washington too long. Let's get
some new blood in there and make something happen.
This really isn't about whether Bennett is a nice man or not. It's about whether
a person will stand up to the progressives in Congress. It seems that someone
who understands the Constitution might have a better chance up upholding it.
There needs to be no compromise on one thing when serving in the Senate. Their
very PURPOSE is to uphold the constitution. Every piece of legislation they pass
must fall within the constrictions of the Constitution. I think all the long
term incumbents need a come uppance!
The headlines will be saying Fred wins after convention. He is such a great guy,
a good speaker and he has the backing of a lot of party loyalist. Eager is a
joke. Her self obsorbed, entitled attitude will be no different than Bennett.
Fred has my vote.
I am not a Fed L. fan. I can't spell his name and don't want to learn how.
He should stay in the business field. No, no, no to Fred for Senator or
Governor or anything else.
Oh, the egos. These challengers will fail. And the mere idea of Chaffetz is
ridiculous. Bennett is a shoo-in.
Fred's loss in 2004 was the first time that the preferential balloting really
had a major effect on a big race. With preferential balloting, the voters list
the candidates in order of preference. For Fred L. Fans, that meant that Fred
was at the top of the list, with their number two choice listed below and so on
down the line.When a candidate is knocked out, all of the votes that
counted for that person then go to the number two person on the ticket. For
instance, if you voted for Olene Walker as your number one choice, your vote
counted for her each ballot count until she came up last with the fewest votes.
Each ballot that had Walker at the top was then recounted giving the next
candidate down the list those votes.Walker and Karras were both
"education candidates" drawing from the same voter pool. Lampropolous and
Huntsman were both businessmen drawing from the same pool. Lampropolous' split
of the "business vote" was less than the entire "education vote" that got pooled
once Walker came up last in the balloting.Fred's 2004 loss should
not reflect poorly on him.
Run all of you, we will elect you, this time the incumbents on both sides will
taste defeat! We just have to clean house voters, and start fresh with others
and hold them to the fire or it's out with them to in 1 term.
Fred L. is not the man. We have enough self-preservationist egos in DC without
sending another. And not being able to shun or get rid of constituents like he
does wives could be a real distraction for him!Mike Lee could well
deserve a hard look. Having someone in DC who knows and respects the
Constitution would be a refreshing change.
Let's get someone who really cares about the state, like Olene does. She had
principal and support but lacked the funds. Hopefully we can get someone that
doesn't have the means to buy the seat, which will work for the people and not
the special interests.
For anyone considering running against Bennett there are a number of voters that
are not satisfied with Senator Bennett's "conservative" voting record on illegal
immigration issues. Nor are we fooled by his recent attempts to try and create a
different image of his voting record on these issues with Utah voters. Add this to the bill healthcare reform he co-sponsored with a liberal democrat
that many observers called "very little different than the Obama, Pelosi and
Reed plans" and there are a number of conservative Republicans that would
support, work for and contribute financially to a candidate with conservative
views that would vote that way once they got to Washington.
Lee represents Energy Solutions against Utah.
The Anybody But Bennett (ABB) crowd is not large enough to support more than one
legitimate challenger. Shurtleff was the frontrunner, and his departure has
left a void. The more the ABB crowd is diluted between different candidates,
the better it is for Bennett. He can set himself apart from the bickering crowd
and look like the stateman that he is. Fred and Jason are the only potential
challengers who have any chance whatsoever of knocking off Bennett at a
convention. No one can beat Bennett in a 2010 Primary or General Election.
I am tired of the rhetoric against Bennett. Utah is under attack. Many would
like to see all public lands in Utah as the playground for the East. Bennett is
on all the right committees to stop this. Lee or any other challenger will not
have: a) committee placement to stop these plans; or b) the seniority to
negotiate in colleagues in the Senate to explain Utah's plight. While Bennett may not be ideal, he does an adequate job in protecting Utah's
interests in Washington. By voting him out, we would essentially silence a
strong voice in Washington DC.
I've known Mike Lee for several years, and he will wow the delegates as they get
to know him. He will be a great candidate and a terrific senator!
Bennett is YET ANOTHER Utah politician that likes to call himself "Republican"
so he can get elected. Remember "Bailout Bob's" position on amnesty for
illegals. Also, remember how he earned his name - "Bailout the Bankers" -
quick, before its too late!!IF the Republican party nominates him again,
I'm voting Demo, might as well, same thing!!
Senator Bennett is a member of the minority party who at the moment has very
little influence in the Senate. His committee assignments notwithstanding there
is little he can do to stop anything the majority party wants to do. Suggesting
that he can is nonsense.
Lampropoulos he da man!Smart, savy and good businessman, he gets my
vote.Utah would do well with him as their Senator.
I am for anyone who understands and defends our constitution, capitalism, and
the real self-evident American values, all of which are not found in our current
representatives. For the most part, they are enjoying the ride, while Rome
burns, content to watch from the sidelines! I want someone that will pick up a
pail and go to work, unafraid to stand up and fight for principle to the last!
The failure of both the Republican and Democratic parties to deliver in the
defense of constitutional principles is obvious. Maybe Mike Lee is different.
Wow...the whole race has been turned upside down by Shurtleff's departure (who
was never qualified to have gotten past square one anyway). I have always liked
Fred Lampropoulos. He is a down-to-earth, personable, truly-conservative
individual with a common-sense approach to solving problems. As noted, Instant
Runoff Voting (IRV) in the state convention did him and Utahns a great
disservice through it's "convenient" buy quirky approach. Huntsman was the
favored candidate by the party leaders...hard to combat.I've heard
good things in the last week from young conservatives in the party about Mike
Lee. I'm willing to give him a serious look. I like Cherilyn Eagar's
positions on the issues. She appears to be a committed true conservative, is
aggressive and has a bias for action. Although I like her spunk, I'd like to see
her judgment mature a little and develop some gentility and finesse when
interfacing with the press and her opponents. That could be remedied with more
savvy campaign advisors.I would appear we have the makings of a
fascinating race. Now if we could just rid ourselves of IRV!!
I would hope Bennett would just drop out. We want him to retire and we have some
good choices.Too bad we can't make it Jan 2010 instead of Jan 2011
to change it.
You ignoramuses who say "throw all of the incumbents out" must live in a cave
and are completely and utterly ignorant as far as our national Congressional
process works. It is populist rhetoric to say "throw them all out," but is
completely counterproductive and would result in total disorganization and
anarchy. Since our Founding fathers set up Congress the way it did, they
intended the Senate to be a stabilizing force in legislating. Power and
influence are gained by length of tenure and respect, which translates into
Committee positiosn. Bennett is very powerful for Utah -- the first Utahn ever
to serve on Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, for example. IN OUR HISTORY!!
So sure, throw him out. Let some upstart egoist millionaire who looks good on
TV take Senator Bennett's place, And we'll all have to start over in the
pecking order in Washington and Utah will be the worse for it. Wake up!
I think Senator Bennett is still very smart and savvy and has much to offer. I
think he has gotten a lot of good done on a lot of issues. He hasn't been as
conservative as my view on many things, but I don't know if any new comers would
be either. I do worry about too long in one office and Senators get 6yr at a
shot. In his case is he still young enough while still in office? In other
words pros and cons.
I have to agree with all of the Bennett apologists. Bennett is only a little
bit liberal. He only wants to expand the role of the federal government a
little (maybe by a trillion dollars or so through his proposed federal
healthcare legislation). He only opposes the balanced budget amendment a
little. And he isn't nearly as bad as many other senators, like say, Barbara
Boxer, Ted Kennedy, and the like. So naturally, we should all get behind him
enthusiastically because, whether we like it or not, he's now very powerful.
And if there's one thing we know about powerful people, it's that we should all
make them more powerful and more comfortable in wielding their power.
While I do not agree with Bob Bennett on everything, I do agree that the way
things are set up Utah would be shooting itself in the foot by a movement just
to throw out all incumbants.Utah can't get ANYTHING passed (good or
bad) without partnering and good will from other states! Part of our thought
process has to be just that. Remember Utah is not especially "liked" by a lot of
people and they consider our feelings as only a slight annoyance like a fly
buzzing around. In fact your time might be well spent on how to make some
changes in other states legislators.I believe this is true and the
"throw all imcumbants out" itea may have some problems. Now a VIABLE 3rd party
movement with some great canidates might have some merit.Another of
my problems along with earmarks is the adding of many unrelated things to
certain bills because they know they are not going to get voted down. A bill
MUST be limited to a single issue! Without it we cannot know (let alone
understand) what our legislators (state & Federal) are voting for and why.
Maybe we should just back up 50 years and do away with all laws etc. passed
since then. I think I was a lot happier with politics and laws then than I am
Fred Lampropoulos is a great businessman and should stay here running things.Washington is out of control.What we need in DC is someone to kick
butt.I can't think of anyone running better at that than Cherilyn
Translation: Anybody But Bennett in 2010.
Our campaign advisors won 59 out of 61 races last year nationally. They helped
Enid Greene win her race here in Utah when she ran. I trust them, and look
forward to a vibrant campaign.This campaign has been vetted as one
of 24 races nationally, including Chuck DeVore (CA) and Pat Toomey (PA) to be
included in a fund to elect truly constitutional conservatives to Congress. If
we can get these candidates elected, we will turn the course of this country.
Go to TheGoodEggClub dot com or DCStinks dot com to make a
contribution.Cherilyn EagarUS Senate 2010
IS he the guy who was pushing for legacy parkway?
I don't know any connection to Legacy Parkway, but he has represented Energy
Solutions as an attorney vs Utah.
Republicans continue to look for heretics when they should be looking for
converts. I guarantee you that if you start running a slate of Glenn Beck
Republicans the GOP is dead - Some other party will move in and take its place
as the second major party. You will see hard right Republicans getting beat
consistently and moderate Republicans winning some races. One district in Utah
and a couple in the deep south being the exceptions.
I saw Mike speak at one of his Constitutional events and came away very
impressed with his knowledge of the Constitution and how it should be followed.
I am ready for a change from the so-called Conservative in Bennett and I think
Mike would make a great Senator.