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How dare she! I mean, the audacity for Luz Robles to challenge my good friend Chris Stewart in 2014. Doesn't she know she won't win?
Don't worry Glenn, I got this under control!
While it's an uphill battle against Democrats getting traction in Utah to mount credible races against incumbent GOP U.S. Representatives, State Senator Luz Robles is not deterred and is officially running to challenge Glenn Beck's buddy, Rep. Chris Stewart in 2014.
Politics » Dem state senator says Utahns are ready for change in Washington: “We can do better.”
By Robert Gehrke | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Sep 06 2013 04:51 pm • Last Updated Sep 06 2013 11:27 pm
Democratic state Sen. Luz Robles will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart for the state’s 2nd Congressional District seat, saying Utahns are tired of gridlock in Washington and want a change.
"I think we can do better and I think there is the potential to bring different voices and representation and bring more of what Utah is all about and the working class in Utah is all about," Robles said Friday in an interview. "I think my record speaks for itself in the Legislature. I’m very much in the middle. I focus on issues of veterans, immigration and education that are pertinent to all Americans."
Robles plans to officially kick off her campaign at an event at the Capitol next week.
As the Salt Lake City Tribute points out, Utah's 2nd Congressional District is heavily Republican so the odds are against her. On the other hand, Robles is determined to defy the odds:
But Robles will have her work cut out for her if she intends to unseat Stewart. The 2nd District is heavily Republican, with an 18-percentage point tilt toward GOP voters, according to an analysis by the Cook Political Report.
But Robles said that through targeting residents who don’t vote and getting them registered and to the polls — and by raising $1 million for her campaign — she believes she can have a shot at winning the seat.
"I think there is that opportunity for motivating people," she said. "If you look at the district, there are pockets in the district that will align with someone like me and my background and what I’m doing."
In addition, Kirk Powers of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics believes Luz Robles may very well be a credible candidate:
Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Stewart "has done a good job at being a solid member of Congress without giving people any reason to vote against him."
Jowers said even though Robles faces "an incredibly tough, uphill fight," he couldn't imagine a better Democratic candidate.
"She is not a sacrificial lamb and I think the race will be far more interesting than Republicans want," he said, especially if she is able to meet her fundraising goal of $1 million.
"I think that would be a jaw-dropping total for her and it would certainly make the race that much more competitive. I think if she raises a half million dollars, it makes her a very credible candidate."
Here's Glenn Beck making an introduction to then-candidate Chris Stewart back in 2012: