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  •  Alright, I'll be honest, I don't like Matheson. (0+ / 0-)

    And I'm not going to vote for him next year. Yes, I understand that the election was close last year and will be just as close in 2014. But hear me out, I believe that he's preventing Utah Democrats from reaching their potential. Most Utah Dems try and be him, but they can't, and they lose.

    I know a Bernie Sanders type will not fly in Utah, and I know that Mia Love is worse than Jim Matheson. But Matheson's presence prevents the Utah Dems from trying anything new, because he's all that they have to look to, even though they cannot replicate his wins. And from what I've been hearing from a few progressives who used to work within the state party, he and his office have a nasty reputation for intimidating party leaders in Utah to drop semi-progressive but nonpartisan causes (like fighting human trafficking) because his office believed it to be politically damaging, and firing those progressives who called him out on that.

    I'd rather shake up the Utah Dems and get them to build up local infrastructure and local races, than waste money on Matheson. He is functionally dead weight in Congress (not even good for nullifying a Republican vote half the time), and his presence keeps the Utah Dems from trying anything new.

    I just want a representative that can work with and build up the Utah Democratic Party, not the Utah GOP. I would be fine with a moderate, or even a conservative Dem (though I think that Matheson could be very slightly more left-leaning on quite a few small issues), I just want one that won't completely snub the Utah Democrats.

    I would be willing to take a few electoral cycles with no Dem Congressperson to put an era of local party-building into effect.

    Besides for a few exceptional candidates that are slowly rising through the ranks, Matheson intentionally or unintentionally squashes Dem political thought in the state. Since he dominates the Democratic political thoughts in this state, no other Dem gets much attention by the media or by voters. Thus we can't build up nearly any serious candidates, and because we can't build up serious candidates we can't expose any even remotely Democratic ideas to voters, and devoid of any alternative ideas to present to the voters we have to turn to Matheson to keep winning and ignore other candidates.

    I am totally opposed to Mia Love, but I cannot bring myself to support Jim Matheson for Congress any longer.

    TLDR: I believe that Matheson is hurting the state party, and that his presence costs far more than it gains. Though I would be open to Matheson running for Governor, because that is a totally different ballgame.

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 09:57:20 PM PDT

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