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  •  Yes. All true. But Matheson gives Dems cover (1+ / 0-)
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    to be anti-environment, anti-public lands, anti-wilderness.

    The times I've talked to Democratic members of Congress and their staffs about Utah public lands issues, and specifically America's Red Rock Wilderness Act, and they've said, "well, we're with you on this...we're really really really pro-environment...but Jim Matheson's against it, so I can't support it," are legion. He's been a one-man roadblock to Democrats getting out there on Utah federal lands.

    I'm not expecting Dems to say, " well...Mia Love's against it, so I'll have to pass".

    I'm sure Matheson is a perfectly nice guy, loves his dog, etc., but I'm very glad he's going back to Utah and hope he stays there.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 06:04:10 PM PST

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    •  I think he's going to run against (1+ / 0-)
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      and may beat Mike Lee.

      As you said those Dems you are talking about are using him for cover, but the truth of the story is that Matheson was being about as Democratic as he could get away with. If he wasn't there the people you spoke to would just use another excuse.

      Matheson is not and has not ever been strong enough to roadblock anything, he's just easy excuse.

      And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

      by high uintas on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 06:32:26 PM PST

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      •  Well if he beats the OdiousLee more power to him (1+ / 0-)
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        and I hope you're right that he isn't strong enough to roadblock anything, because in the Senate it will be worse if Matheson even hints at objecting to something.

        Maybe he'll find his InnerWayneOwens---the Utah Democrat who originally introduced America's Red Rock Wilderness Act---and become a champ. One can only hope.

        I thought Mathy might be more interested in running for Governor...

        Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

        by willyr on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 06:56:21 PM PST

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        •  "InnerWayneOwens"? (1+ / 0-)
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          Gawd! Wouldn't that be awesome?

          From polling I've seen it looks like Lee is the more vulnerable of the two, but I don't know what is in his plans. I'm only guessing.

          Side note. This is from Chris Matthew's Book "Life's a Campaign". It is why I have a soft spot for him. (AA refers to administrative assistant)

          A few days later, I renewed my campaign. This time I won what I’d set out to achieve so many times before—an interview with a real life AA. His name was Wayne Owens and he would change my life. Wayne ran the office for Senator Frank Moss, a well-known Utah Democrat. He had worked as Robert F. Kennedy’s western states coordinator during RFK’s ultimately tragic presidential campaign, and later as a top aide to Senator Ted Kennedy. I would soon learn that Wayne was planning his own race for Congress in his native state of Utah.
          There is more here if you're interested.

          And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

          by high uintas on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 09:03:41 PM PST

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