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Where I Stand 2010: Federal Offices


Every year, I spend a considerable amount of time studying each candidate and, if needed, attempting to contact them to get answers to specific questions. I would strongly encourage each of you to do the same. Here are my picks for the federal offices.

U.S. Senate: Like many Utahns, I wasn’t very happy with Bob Bennett. Unlike many Utahns, I’m not terribly happy with the choices placed before me. Every day, Mike Lee is looking more and more like a panderer that said what needed to be said to get his way into office. I have no doubts that within a couple of terms (if we hold out that long), he’ll be Bennett with better PR.

I’d like to like Sam Granato, but his campaign has, quite frankly, been insulting. He spent months not posting any issues on his website and is running on a “Mike is a loony” platform. Charging along with a textbook case of negative campaigning is not the way to go. Had the Democrats actually nominated Christopher Stout, I would have considered voting for him.

I can’t say that I think too highly of Scott Bradley either. He has about the same platform as Mike Lee, but without the phoniness. Unfortunately, most of his “positions” are rambling and say very little about how he wants to achieve his vision.

In this election, I plan on voting None of the Above. I truly do not feel that any candidate deserves my support at the ballot box. (I’m open to creative write-in suggestions if you have a good one.)

U.S. House of Representatives #2: I’m going to say what most people already know: Jim Matheson is a spineless coward. He thought he pulled off an artful dodge by not voting for the health care “reform” bill before Congress, but we all know that had it come down to needing his vote, he would have given it. Then he spends all of his time dodging angry constituents from both sides, refusing to actually face the consequences for his decisions. I’m sorry, Jim, but you can’t get away with that in any elected position.

While I agree with a large part of Morgan Philpot’s campaign platform, his highly partisan “Matheson is Pelosi” attitude is very off-putting. I don’t feel like that will be very productive, nor do I feel like he’s putting forward much message of his own. I agree much more with Randall Hinton’s platform and have found his positions to be both logical and well-worded. Unsurprisingly, Randall Hinton has my support as the best choice in this race.

Next installment: state races.

4 Responses to Where I Stand 2010: Federal Offices

  1. Two neutral votes, really? Regardless of the lack of ideal candidates, change is needed for the country’s future and I would hope that in CD2 a vote would be placed for Philpot. Why wouldn’t someone be partisan given current circumstances? There are major differences and no point in “working together” or being bipartisan, just for sakes of not being partisan. On many of the issues, one is right and one is wrong, and there is nothing wrong with driving home that point to potential voters when it comes to differentiating. Without some bold differentiators Matheson is assured another term and capitalizing on the broad disdain for Pelosi is a likely association that most will recognize as undesireable (she has single digit approval after all).

  2. While I can appreciate differentiation, going after Matheson’s unwillingness to face the voters is a significantly better strategy. Nobody likes cowardice, and Jim’s loaded with it. Even if Republicans take back both chambers of Congress, they still have to work with a president that will have finally figured out how to use his veto power. It’ll be the Clinton years all over again and they still won’t have the overriding votes. Yes, take a stand, but also acknowledge political reality.

  3. There is no perfect candidate. If you don’t believe that there is a candidate that deserves your support I suggest that you run for office. Maybe it will open your eyes and help you understand how the candidates you are dissing are actually doing the best they can.

  4. Rick, I have run for office before, three times. I’d like to think I know a bit about that process.

    Also, it is my right and responsibility as a citizen to pick not just the best candidate, but a good one. If the best choice still stinks, I’m duty-bound to reject them all. That’s why the NOTA choice exists.

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