Jim Matheson wants us to think he is a mythical "Utah values" Blue Dog
independent thinker that he pretends to be when he is here in Utah
campaigning.However, when he is in Washington, he is surrounded by
the radical leftists who make up so much of his Democrat party, and forced to
(or willingly) toe the line except when released to vote "right" when
Pelosi knows his vote is not needed. He votes the liberal Democrat party line
76% of the time in Washington. That may be closer to "Utah values" than
most of his Democrat colleagues, but we can do better than that.Ducking the Democrat convention is a good trick- it avoids him being seen with
Obama, Biden, Pelosi and Reid, so people might forget who Matheson's real
associates are. Well, Utah voters should be able to see through that.If you want a liberal Obama supporter, Matheson's your guy.If
you want a principled Conservative, vote Mia Love. She will be the same person
in DC that she is in Utah, not a political chameleon.
Why are all Democrats liberal and all Republicans ultra-conservative? DN
Subscriber would have us think that those extreme party labels fit all
politicans. Matheson is the exception and is such a thorn in the side of most
Utah Republicans that his continued success in being re-elected with the help of
enough Republicans just drives them nuts every two years. He also drives
liberal Democrats nuts because they think he votes too many times with the
Republicans on important legislation. He has faced "principled
Conservatives" for the past six elections with this year no exception.
Perhaps a more moderate GOP candidate would really give him trouble but
candidates who take extreme positions just dig themselves in the hole among Utah
voters. This year is no exception despite Mia Love's popularity among GOP
national party leaders. Both Republicans and Democrats have labeled Matheson a
"political chameleon" but it's a label that just doesn't stick
among a majority of voters and he continues to rank first in popularity among
I heard Matheson on KSL this morning, when asked about the Republican
Convention, he said he did not watch it. When asked about Bill Clinton's
speech, he said he had not seen it. A man this uninvolved should not be running
It's all a smoke-screen. "Hey, I'm not a Democrat! I'm a
Republicrat." "What is that?," you ask. A Democrat in Washington
who poses as a Republican in Utah.
Hey Jim.Embarrassed of your party leaders, eh?
Matheson is running scared. I think Mia's gonna do it!The
political gamesmanship of trying to serve two masters is over. Matheson
can't continue to try to please both Nancy Pelosi and his constituents.
It's time to elect a representative who is really in tune with
I don't recall seeing him at the state convention either. Was he there? If
he was he definitely kept a low profile and did not talk to any of the caucuses
I was in. Not sure why he continues to pretend to be a Democrat.
At least he wasn't involved in the God and Jerusalem debacle at the
convention. He knows he is in for a shakeup in November as he got by in 2010.
He made a decision to go to this district and Mia Love has a lot of backing from
the various sources outside of the GOP directly such as Eagle Forum and Tea
Party. She isn't an Eagle Scout but appears to have ability to gain
support and that is what elections are all about. I don't know if Utah
will be better off as the GOP is now controlling almost all functions in the
State of Utah and with the outside influences of Eagle Forum and Tea Party that
isn't necessarily good for the state who has control in other ways also.
The state has proven that with all one party they appear to be all
in control without 40 percent of the citizens having say. Politicians need
balance and that has been a problem for over 100 years with minimum input from
non-members and Democrats who need a source to go to. We need to
remember that the State of Utah is for all
"“Her policies are reckless and dangerous,” Matheson said of the
reductions in federal support for local law enforcement agencies that Love
proposed in a deficit-reduction plan earlier this year."Give me
a break! Talk about slapping lots of paint around with a broad brush.What is "reckless and dangerous" about wanting to balance the budget
and cutting back on spending money we don't have?I'm sure
there are hundreds of very worthy projects out there that could use some more
funding, but it we don't have it, we don't have it. We must cut back
everywhere.How did the Sheriff's office survive before it
started getting federal funds? All those years in the past and did they always
have federal funds? No, of course not. And I'll bet that the officers had
bullet proof vests before federal funding came along.To think that
we can send money back to Washington and then get all of it back, w/o strings,
is ridiculous. You don't get it all back and it does have strings
attached!We do not need federal strings into our local police
departments. "Reckless and dangerous" - NOT!
Utah ObserverAnd I bet you believe the cow jumped over the moon and
the cat ran away with the spoon...don't you recognize pandering when you
see it. If Matheson has republican valves then change and become a
republican...with him, it is all smoke and mirrors.
Over the past 10 years I've kept track of Matheson's voting records
and speeches. He carefully avoids showing support for his party's platform
when in Utah but met with Palosie many more times than any conservative law
makers when in D.C.. This year he played the same game along with a number of
Democratic Congressmen, stay away from the DNC convention so not be associated
with it and its platform. And his ad showing Love raising Saratoga
Spring's taxes? It omits the reasons, the residents wanted their own
police and fire protection and that isn't free. Conservative? No. Obama
supporting Democrat? Yes.
Isn't 12 years more than enough time to be a Senator? The biggest problem
with our national political system is that there are no term limits (except on
the Presidency). It's up to the voters to establish those term limits by
electing someone with new ideas and a fresh perspective rather than reelecting
someone who has gotten too comfortable in Washington. Put Matheson back to work
in the real world by not reelecting him.
Matheson has a 12 year track record. Why does he not run on that? Why is his
campaign all about "NOT LOVE, SHE'S HORRIBLE!!!!!" What is he
running from? I guess maybe he does NOT have a record of putting
Utah first.providing procedural votes to pass Obamacare despite the
fact is opposed by most Utahans does not reflect Utah values.requiring catholic hospitals to provide abortions if they want to treat the
elderly does not support Utah values.Supporting a dem majority and
pelosi as speaker does not support Utah values.As was said above, he
votes for his constituents only pelosi doesn't need his vote; when she
needs it, she can count on Jim.
Jim Matheson is an awesome candidate and really great at representing his
constituents. Mia Love seems interesting and possibly exciting. I think that
they are both a step above the general caliber of Utah politicians. It is too
bad that they are running against each other. I would rather put them both in
and take someone else out. lol
Distrcit 4 I hope you get this right. It's time for real change in
Washington and it begins here in Utah. I can't believe he isn't even
running in his own district. Time for some Love!! Wish I had a vote.
I like Jim a lot...but at the end of the day he votes to support the Democratic
party leadership in our house of representatives. That would be Nancy Pelosi in
the leadership position. While I don't mind Matheson's politics, I
am very against Pelosi's leadership. So...no matter how much I like him,
in this very evenly divided political environment, ...I will vote
for Mia Love.
Heaven forbid there be one elected Democrat from Utah. I guess the good people
of Utah would prefer one party rule which is nothing more than dictatorship by
committee (I've seen this type of government in my world travels; scary).
But character and experience matter not to too many Utahns who only see the the
R or D by a persons name and make the judgement based solely upon that (D
equalling evil incarnate for many). It is really sad that so many people check
their brains at the door.
GO Mia Love. We love you.
Folks, I don't know anything...oh, I mean anything about Utah politics. I
only know that when I see a politician, conservative,liberal (moderate or
otherwise) twelve years in office I'd be looking at his record. Now, if in
fact he is a conservative liberal (oxymoron?), I would wonder if he is really
trustworthy because he is not true to party platform or ideals, and if in fact
that individual votes predominately with the liberal platform but puts on the
robes of a conservative, I absolutely would not trust him. As for Ms. Love, I
have been impressed with what I can find out about her despite her lack of
congressional experience. This in my opinion is an advantage, because she
isn't a part of the political cesspool in office currently. New blood, new
outlook, and a fresh intelligent individual. Good luck Ms. Love, Win then prove
you can do it. Mr whatsisname needs to go back into private practice or
something for a while.