Matheson stoops to a new low, uses special-ed kids as campaign fodder


Jim Matheson, in the toughest race of his political career, stooped to a new low today, calling a press conference to say Mia Love hates special-ed children. And puppies and women and old people. I mean seriously. (OK, today he focused on throwing kids under the bus. Puppies to come.)

Taking a page from the Obama playbook, Matheson refuses to address HIS plan, or HIS record and instead attacks his opponent and tries to get people to believe he knows what she will do.

He accuses her of wanting to strip funding from special ed and leave those kids and their families out in the cold, abandoned by the heartless Mayor from Saratoga Springs.


Mia has advocated no such thing. She has said she believes educational issues are a state and family issue – not one for the federal government to control. She supports a safety net system, too. Shocker! Reform does not mean abolition!

But, Jim – like Obama – is not one to let the facts slow him down.

He should be ashamed. Mortified, really, that he would try and throw special ed kids under the bus for political gain.

And by the way – I am the mother to special needs kids and have been for 25 years. I fully support Mia and her positions on education.


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4 Responses to “Matheson stoops to a new low, uses special-ed kids as campaign fodder”

  1. jbtalcott Says:

    How much have your “special education” children benefited from Federal funding Holly? Have you ever stopped to think about that?

    As a former legislator you should know how strapped the state of Utah is for funding education and social services. If Mia Love gets her way and does away with those Federal Programs, do you really think the State of Utah has the will or the resources to replace the programs we would lose?

  2. George Says:

    Most of the money spent on education in Utah comes from Utah.

    Yes, we might have to cut back on providing school lunches to people that can afford it as well as breakfasts.

    Education in Utah must be and is a priority. With approx. 600,000 K-12 students in Utah, It takes a lot of commitment. Out of the $5 Billion total “State” funds we invest approx. $2.5 Billion to K-12 Public Education and approx. $750 Million to Higher Education. Even with $13 Billion to work with including “State” funds and also funds for Federal Programs and others, we invest $3.7 Billion to K-12 Public Education and $1.4 Billion for Higher Education

  3. jbtalcott Says:

    “Education in Utah must be and is a priority”???

    Education in Utah is NOT a priority under Republican control of the state. The funding “effort” per $1000 of personal income was 8th in the nation in 1992. That dropped to 26th in the nation by 2009.

    The last time Utah did not rank last nationally in per pupil funding for education was in 1987 when we spent $54 dollars more per pupil than Mississippi. In 1966 Utah ranked 37th in education funding at a time when Democrats controlled both houses of the legislature.

    By amending the constitution to allow income tax to be used to fund higher education, and constantly giving refunds to taxpayers and lowering tax rates whenever there appears to be a surplus the Utah Legislature has guaranteed that Utah will continue to have the lowest funded schools in the nation.

  4. jeromefromlayton Says:

    I saw the ad tonight. Disgusting and misleading. Special needs people were cared for before there was a Department of Education. The main thing DOE does is take money from tax payers, funnel it through the Capitols, and then hand it out with lots of strings attached.

    There’s another DOE to cull: Department of Energy. The “nuclear” portion was handled by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) prior to the creation of this Dept. That’s another opportunity to reduce overhead.

    If I lived in her district, I would vote for her.

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