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Former S.L. mayor Rocky Anderson divorces himself from 'gutless' Democratic Party

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  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    ross is just acting out. ross, let's have a time out for the next 10 years and then you can resurface. does anyone really care about this guy? glad slc residents voted him in twice. that says something about slc citizens, and that something is not good. he's always been a joke

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    Mr. Irrelevant speaks again. Like a bad cold that just won't go away.

  • BYU Girl Kearns, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    Rocky just wasn't getting enough attention.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 12, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Ross Anderson was a lawyer for the ACLU. Every time I see the Main Street Plaza and the Main Street Pedestrian Bridge I think of Ross Anderson and how much he hated them. Hopefully the Democratic Party won't miss him any more than the rest of us did.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    "You didn't do it on Iraq;
    you didn't do it on torture;
    you didn't do it on signing statements;
    you haven't done it on Afghanistan;
    you haven't done it on defense spending;
    you haven't done it on real health care reform;
    you haven't done it on energy policy and the climate crisis;
    you haven't done it on the evisceration of our system of checks and balances through the invocation of the state secrets doctrine;
    and you haven't done it on the debt ceiling fiasco."

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    Rocky - I 100% agree with you!

    That's why I'm neither Republican NOR Democrat.
    The Democrats SAY they are against the Republicans regarding all those things [and I agree with them] - yet they have continued with all the Bush Co. Doctrines.

    There are sins of commission and sins of omission.

    The GOP commits sins of Commision by starting Blood Wars for Oil and catering to the uber-Wealthy and Corporations,
    while the Democrats commit sins of Ommission by not doing enough to stop them.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    You go Rocky! Let 'em have it!

    Of course, clearly, the Republicans are far, far worse. But maybe the Democrats will wake up and stop being steamrolled by the conservatives, someday. The American people do not want what the Republicans are shoveling, and the Democrats need to capitalize on that, they need to stand up and not be afraid to push a progressive agenda, it is what the people want. 

    The problem, though, is that the Republicans are so much better at campaigning then the Democrats. They are able to stir up their base, and other voters, with fear. It's what they excel at, scaring people. That and dirty tricks, they are masters of the nasty campaign tactic. Republicans have made an art form out of slinging mud, talking out of both sides of their mouths, and getting people to believe absolute nonsense. 

    The Republicans have convinced many people that to be dumb, uneducated, and illiterate is a virtue. Conservatives have a hissy fit about the elite, while at the same time extolling what they see as the near divinity of the "Founders", arguably the most elite, well educated group ever assembled in one room.

    Good work, Rocky!

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    Wow, if Pelosi, Obama and the rest of the far left Dems aren't liberal enough for Rocky, there's always the party with the hammer & sickle...

  • Scott1 Quiet Neighborhood, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    Maybe Rocky (errr Ross, the real name for the phony Rocky) should form the "I Love Attention" party and run for president. Del Schanze could be his running mate.

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    Rocky, you still haven't validated your existence with me either.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 12, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    Re: mark | 1:42 p.m. Aug. 12, 2011
    "The American people do not want what the Republicans are shoveling"

    Who do you think it was that elected the Tea Party conservative Republicans? Actually we do want what the Republicans have been force feeding the Democrats. With no one in the White House to say 'no' the Republicans have the green flag to press forward. Probably why Ross Anderson told the Democrats goodbye.

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    It sure feels good to be a non party independent. I can exit the voting booth without feeling a little unclean and I can sleep peacefully knowing that my conscience is my guide.

  • RAB Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    We can only hope that some day someone's point of view will be superior enough to match Rocky's.

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    Personally, I have felt like Ross "Rocky" Anderson has been one of the dark spots of the Democratic Party for years. He is a left wing extremist much like Mike Lee and Chaffetz are right wing extremists.

    The problems we have today are caused by the extreme right and the extreme left. Both sides being literally selfish and stupid in their goals and decisions.

    It's time the Republican and Democrat majority take back their parties and run this state and nations for the people and not for the politician.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Well, that's a step in the right direction. (Or maybe its actually the LEFT direction!)

    I would love to wake up to read that Mr. Anderson also renounced his U.S. citizenship and moved out of Utah. Perhaps Venezuela, or Iran would be more to his liking.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    @Jonathan Eddy, I understand your position, but the downside is that you have no say regarding who the candidates will be. A registered party member can still vote for people in the other party and needn't feel "unclean" or guilty for doing so. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    I bet every Utah dem is celebrating the departure of one their greatest embarrassments.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    Rifleman, I don't know if you are one of those that believe polls are a vast conspiracy, but if not take a look at them. The majority usually support more progressive ideas. Such as on abortion, taxes on the rich, social programs such as social security and Medicare, homosexual issues, regulations, the size of government. Polls show strong support for progressive ideas.

    DN subscriber, I don't know about Venezuela, but Iran is an extremely conservative country, hardly the type of place a liberal ACLU lawyer would feel comfortable.

  • DR Hall Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    From the 50 years that I have been watching both Republicans and the Democrats, I have felt that most often the Democrats have acted for the best good of America. But for the last two years I have seen Obama and the Democrats turn tail and run from the Republicans and big business. Now they (Democrats) have decided to support big business even though one every six months the deomcrats viove a desention with the Republicans. We do need a new politicla part that will stand up for America's values each and every time. I also wished that Republicans cared about America for real, but they refuse to. Their ideals are being bought and sold every minute of every day. I agree with Mr. Rocky Anderson.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 11:27 p.m.

    Mark.....and polls also show Obama is tanking and democrats are running to the GOP next election........Safe to say all those liberals ideas are also tanking

  • Let's be real Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    Think he will join the new tea party? LOL. Rocky is for everything that the Mormons are not. If a mormon likes it, he doesn't. To tell the truth, Rocky is a has-been. Let him go, he is gone. Get over him.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 2:08 a.m.

    That's interesting TRUTH (where do you guys come up with these names? Do you really think if you call yourself that people will believe that what you are saying is the truth?Anyway) because the polls show Obama beating every single Republican running.

    Don't know what poll you are referring to that says democrats are running to the republicans. Where did you get that idea?

  • RagnarL4 Tupelo, MS
    Aug. 13, 2011 4:50 a.m.

    Gee, the democratic party never sounded so good to me.

  • desert dweller SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 4:57 a.m.

    Rocky has finally seen the light !

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 5:05 a.m.

    I agree with Rocky that neither political party (Dems/Repb) is worthy of the vote of the Ameriaan people. It is time for a third party with an organized charter and commintment to the United States and all it stands for. It stand for freedom, not self interest or free enterprise bigots.

    Free enterprise is what our freedoms allow, free enterprise does not give us our freedoms.

    I have always supported Rocky Anderson as he was railroaded out of politics. He is one of the very few political figures in Utah that have a spine and this action only reinforces that quality about him. We need a nation of right wing and left wing radicals to keep us in balance and government from becoming our oppressor. We have become an oppressed socialist society of spineless wimps.

    The defining of an american and a people of other nations (illegal aliens in the USA) is that Americans would rather give to their country and die for their country rather than be a socialist benefactor of welfare. We give, we don't take.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Aug. 13, 2011 6:19 a.m.

    Rocky will always lean to the left!!! Democrat or not, he's one weird wacko!!

  • Vern41 HOOPER, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 6:21 a.m.

    I can't blame him for getting away from the Democrate Party, but the Democrat Party is probably relieved. What a nut job.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    It is funny that the very thing that he hates in politics and would like to see is the same thing that the Tea Party has accomplished, yet he hates them! Just because they have a view that varies from his, they are the nuts, when we all step back and view things we see who really is the nut job.

    Thanks Rocky for validating the Tea Party.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    He need to start the "me rocky me" party.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 7:43 a.m.

    WHY.....is this news? Haven't had any Ross media time lately?

    My district is 85% independent, now we have this clown wanting to join our political party. I guess it's time for me to join another, different one.

    Could you just stick to the news, DesNews, please, and QUIT pandering to this guy's whims or I will cancel my subscription to your newspaper! Comedy belongs in the C-Section, not the front page of the B-Section. Satire isn't news. Isn't it ironic a member of the First Presidency and Ross Anderson appear on the front page of the B-Section and Rocky gets the major headline? (What a rag this paper has turned into lately.)

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    Seems to me that these ideas expressed by Rocky have hit a memorable note based upon the number of responses.

    Seems to me that even though he has been out of politics he still can call a spade a spade. Whoever wrote the article should have delved deeper to see what actions Rocky had in mind to fix federal issues.

    Neither party has in mind a way to fix things they are just in it to get elected.

    Rocky has not been a favorite of mine but he whopped the nail on the head this time

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 9:15 a.m.

    Rocky Anderson is simply another innovation killing business hater that would run this country into the ground with his hatred toward those who actually create jobs, food, shelter, medicine, medical care and every other useful thing in this world. He and his ilk have never created any significant number of jobs or useful products or services. I am sure the Democrats won't loose any sleep over this guy leaving the party. In fact, they may just celebrate.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    Rocky Anderson is no leftist than was Franklin D. Roosevelt. The truth is that many Utahns have become such rightwing extremists that Rocky seems more leftist than he really is. Some of you are inacurately depicting him as some kind of communist. You are wrong, but some of also you think the same of Dwight Eisenhower. Roosevelt said that he "welcomed the hatred" of the right wing idealogs and the oligarchs. Rocky should feel the same way.

    Right wing is currently putting the country at risk economically. Their lastest attempt was to sell the notion that it would be okay for America to default on its debt. Unbelievable. But Rocky is also correct that the Democrats are increasingly part of the problem, as controlled by the wealthy and corporations as Rupublicans. I welcome a new party that would carry the message of the progressives, not one of bigger government but of better government, operating under the philosophy that government should seek to protect the rights of all its citizens not just the wealthy and powerfull, and fight against the bought and paid for polititians that sadly now dominate our public discourse.

  • B Logan, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    This is FANTASTIC news! Go Rocky! You show 'em (whoever 'they' are)! Gather in your fellow circus performers and set up a big tent in some obscure corner of America.

  • CJ Murray, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    Does anyone honestly care what this guy does or doesn't do? His past antics speak for themselves. He cost us a fortune on the Legacy Highway with his ridiculous kindergarten argument that it would "harm wildlife" (have you noticed the bodies of all the birds and animals who have committed suicide since we built it along the road as you drive it?) and made a complete fool of himself on the national scene (see debate with Sean Hannity). He is about as irrelevant as Bob Bennett these days, if that is possible.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    I have two suggestions for a new party name Rocky, Socialist or Communist, I think both of those would sound good with your platform. Really SLC, you guys voted this guy in?

  • ricecakes Murray, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    If only we could bid good riddance to Rocky ...

  • sisucas San Bernardino, CA
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    Wow, for once I agree with Rocky Anderson. The Democratic party is inept and bad for America.

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    Anderson's complaining about the equivalent of a law of the universe. Every Democrat who actually gets elected to a serious office, always fails to live up to his left-wing rhetoric. The inconvenient realities of actually having to *govern,* get in the way.

    Liberals never govern as liberally as they campaign, because the universe isn't liberal. The facts of life are conservative, as people find out when they try to *do*, rather than merely speak.

  • runwasatch Ogden, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Losing this man from the party is like losing a cancerous tumor from your body.

    If only there were some sort of political radiation or chemo therapy that would stop any of his malignant remnants from ever coming back!

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    I finally agree with Rocky on one thing...The dems and the pubs are both corrupt as all get out. Although Rocky thinks the two parties are not progressive enough, and I think they are too progressive. Stay tuned for riots in the streets. Just the way Rocky and Obama planned.

  • chilly Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    I can see Rocky's mind working. He gets the letter from the DCCC and instead of throwing it in the trash, as the rest of us do, he thinks...

    "hmmm, can I get some mileage out of this?"

    "Maybe my picture in both papers?"

    So he dashes off a terse email to the DCCC and then calls the newspapers (and I'll bet local TV stations)to inform them and us of his brave position.

    Rocky, heads up! Get a real job.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    Now if we could just get Rocky to say good bye to Utah and the US!

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Aug. 13, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    When will you people remember that pres. Bush worked an up hill battle with a Democrat House and Senate for most of his administration. Grow up and take the heat without blaming someone who had little control over a bunch of salivating Democrats. Just get rid of ALL OF THEM in Washington, start over and listen to We the People.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 14, 2011 2:37 a.m.

    A hero. Keep swinging, Rocky!

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2011 6:00 a.m.

    I've gotta tell you, it's been absolutely surreal reading the comments by conservatives on this thread. Conservatives are becoming more and more divorced from reality daily. 

    I mean in the Republican debate when all hands went up when asked if they would turn down a deficit reduction plan that was 10:1 cuts to tax increases. These clowns are so beholden to Grover Norquist that they wouldn't even increase taxes one dollar for every ten dollars of budget cuts. 

    With leaders like this it should be no surprise that a conservative on this thread makes the claim that this is a conservative world, not a liberal one (whatever that means) or that another would be so ill informed as to claim President Bush had a Democrat congress  for most of his administration. 

    No wonder we have the Republican and Tea Party candidates in office that we do, with these guys voting.

  • SLCBob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 14, 2011 6:41 a.m.

    What took Rocky so long? The Democratic and Republican parties have been cesspools for decades.

  • Steve_I_Am ENGLEWOOD, CO
    Aug. 15, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    Thank you for telling it like it is Rocky!

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 15, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    Re: Steve_I_Am | 1:15 p.m. Aug. 15, 2011

    Ross Anderson bought into the Obama bandwagon hype and only now is finding out Obama can't deliver. The Palestinians could have told him that a year ago. Obama is foundering and his falling approval rating is the proof.

  • blpaints Seymour/Webster, MO
    July 8, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    Don't know too much about Rocky Anderson cause I don't live in Utah. What I do know is that he has this right....If a new political party is the only way to take our country back from the big corporate money that's running it now, then let's do it. All of you who are bashing Rocky.....are you content that big corporate money is running both the Democratic & Republican parties? Sounds like you are. Well, I'm not and neither are millions of others. The Dems & Reps are both the same now....controlled by big money. Voting out the bad guys won't help cause there will always be another bad guy to take his place.