Congressman Jim Matheson, the lone Utah Democrat in Washington, was forced into a Primary yesterday afternoon at the Utah Democratic Convention, which was held just across the hall from the where Utah Republicans were meeting as well, which scalped Senator Bennett of his longheld position in the United States Senate.
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Matheson received just 55% of the 2nd congressional district Utah Democratic vote, against a liberal challenger, Claudia Wright; who is a retired school teacher who is running on the liberal platform of the Democratic Party, received 45% of the 2nd congressional district Utah Democratic vote, forcing a June Primary.
Much in the same fashion as what Utah Conservatives accomplished against Senator Bennett, an ideological sense of pureness has overcome Utah Liberals, who want to remove their one chance of representation in Washington, because he isn't big government enough.
Even if the Blue Dog Jim Matheson does survive a challenge from Liberal Democrats, he than has to deal with Morgon Philpot, a Conservative Republican who captured the Republican vote without being forced into a Primary election, something that will benefit Mr.Philpot's campaign over the next five weeks. Though his campaign would benefit more if he were facing Ms.Wright in November, which could still happen.
Moderates are being forced out of both parties, and if the Republican Caucus wants to emerge a stronger and healthier coalition come November, I would suggest a gameplan for maintaining a sense of Ronald Reagan's big tent and his 80 percent friend, not a 20 percent foe approach. If we lose the Ronald Reagan Republican formation, than our movement will shrivel and die, especially if we don't reinstate the Eleventh Commandment of Republican politics.
Incumbents might be safe in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and other states, but in Utah they better watch out, because the ideologues are coming for them!
Also; if your into epic political battles, than I would suggest watching the Democrat Primary between Congressman Matheson and Ms.Wright, as well as the Republican Primary between Tim Bridgewater (whom I must reluctantly endorse) and Mike Lee, both elections are being held in Utah, for those who have not been paying attention.
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