The contrasts could not be clearer.
In a last-ditch, desperate attempt to cling to power, Congressman Jim Matheson sent one final mailer. Did it include his plan for the future? A list of the issues Utah could count on him to champion? Even a tally of everything he got accomplished during the last 12 years? Of course not!
He tried once again to tie himself to Romney’s coattails, claiming he was the best fit for a Romney presidency. The expert source he quotes to affirm that stance? His own campaign website. *Eyeroll*
In case you missed it, the Republican presidential nominee has not only endorsed Matheson’s opponent, Mia Love, but has even cut a direct-to-camera ad for her telling Utahns SHE is the one he trusts.
Apparently he’s counting on voters who #1, don’t watch TV, #2, don’t listen to the radio, #3, don’t read the newspapers and #4, don’t turn to the Internet for a little fact-checking. Good luck with that.
Every single poll but his own shows him losing. EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.
Is it any wonder he’s worked so hard to distance himself from Obama and his 20-something-percent approval rating in Utah? (But just for the record: he IS voting for Obama tomorrow. He will NOT be voting for himself. He doesn’t live in the 4th Congressional district.)
Clear differences. Vote for the grown-up on Tuesday. Vote Mitt Romney.
Not a single one…..
Joe Biden – the gift that keeps on giving…..
The Salt Lake Tribune just released the poll Robert Gehrke has been teasing all evening. It’s a 12-point lead for Love with 52% to Matheson’s 40%. Undecideds only make up 6% of the vote.
Done by independent firm, Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, the poll found that “the coalition of Democrats, independents, moderate Republicans and women that Matheson has united in past elections is failing to coalesce this time around, with just 9 percent of Republicans crossing over to support him.”
Not only has Matheson relied on GOP cross-over votes, he has also relied heavily on the female vote. Look at his ads (before he went blisteringly negative) – “here’s my Mom,” “oh, look, we can our own food,” and so on. However, the Mason-Dixon poll shows that “Matheson is trailing badly among women, who favor Love — Matheson’s first female challenger — by a 54 percent to 38 percent margin, according to the Tribune poll. Matheson has routinely won by double digits among women voters.”
Matheson says it’s a call to action for his team (to polish their resumes), while Love says she feels encouraged by the momentum. Both campaigns will be on the ground working for the last 4 days, but a 12-point gap is awfully hard to close in less than 100 hours……..(understatement)
Late this afternoon, the Matheson campaign hurriedly released a “memo” that proclaimed their own internal polling had them leading Mayor Mia Love in a tight race, 46-42. Coincidentally, Robert Gehrke, of the SL Tribune tweeted that the memo was released just hours before the SL Trib was due to release their own poll. This was not coincidental, I am quite sure.
Matheson, by his own admission, has not been above 50% for months and is trending the wrong direction. Mia Love is surging and has been since her rockstar performance at the RNC convention a couple months back.
This morning, yours truly was on a local TV station talking about the race and the Democratic counterpart shared some information on-air that just confirmed what many have been saying for months. Matheson thought this race was “in the bag.” He and the DCCC were surprised at how competitive it became and the Dem super-PACs and committees had to suddenly start pouring money into a race they had counted as a safe seat.
Mia Love has the campaign every challenger hopes for:
*Soaring name ID rate? Check.
*Ability to fund-raise significant amounts of money? Check.
*Earned media out the wazoo? Check.
*An effective ground game? Unparalleled. (In spite of Matheson’s assertions to the country, Mia is outpacing him at every turn.)
*Power hitters on the stump? Check.
*Popular Presidential candidate’s endorsement? Check. (She also has support from Ann Romney and Josh Romney is her campaign chair. In Utah, that’s nothing but good news)
*Supported by Republicans across the spectrum? Check. (By no stretch of the imagination, can you call Condoleeza Rice, Speaker John Boehner or Senator John McCain ultra-conservative.)
In all but Matheson’s own polls, she has been ahead for weeks. In all polls, including Matheson’s, she has moved significantly closer to the 50% mark. In no polls does Matheson hit 50%. There really is only one explanation for the Matheson memo, especial with the Gehrke teaser – he’s in deep, deep trouble.
President Obama finally clued in that the American people care about the economy and pronounced that he would consider appointing a new
Czar Secretary of Business. How Ayn Randian of him.
Or – and bear with me here – we could elect a President who actually UNDERSTANDS business! The choice in this election is clear. Under President Obama, we will have four more years of the last four years, with higher taxes, fewer jobs and less take-home pay.
In 2008, Barack Obama promised to take China “to the mat.” Instead, he’s allowed China to treat the United States like a doormat. Regulations are crushing small business, yet President Obama has issued major new regulations at an unprecedented rate. He has stalled the trade negotiations and agreements he inherited, he has started no new negotiations, and he has completed no agreements of his own. Our corporate tax rate is already uncompetitive, and President Obama wants to take even more from our small businesses through new and higher taxes.
Worse still, President Obama has NO NEW IDEAS to fix the economy – other than creating a new bureaucrat.
Time for a president who actually has a plan.
The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) has compiled comprehensive evaluation reports on all judges who will appear on this year’s ballot. These reports are now available to the public here.
JPEC evaluation reports include:
* Whether the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission recommends that the judge be retained in office;
* How attorneys, court staff and jurors rated each judge;
* How courtroom observers evaluated each judge; and
* A clear, easy-to-understand description of the judge’s performance on the bench
Additional information about the commission as well as judicial evaluations on all the judges can be found at http://judges.utah.gov. Readers can search for a judge by name or select the county in which they live and link to all judges who serve in that county. In addition, you can go to the JPEC Facebook page and/or their Twitter page (@UtahJPEC) for more information.
Kudos to the state for providing this resource.