Posts Tagged ‘Jim Matheson’

Matheson tries to mislead voters again.

November 5, 2012

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.)


Yep. Matheson is toast.

November 1, 2012

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)

Matheson: Can you smell the fear yet?

November 1, 2012

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.

Pulling down a post, going back to sewing

October 30, 2012

This is me today. *Facepalm* indeed

So – I just posted about an email sent to me from a disgruntled Matheson volunteer saying Matheson’s campaign is urging their volunteers to tailor their responses on who Matheson supports for President.

The Matheson campaign denies that they sent any such email. Upon further investigation, it appears that this email was made up by – surprise – someone with a fake profile.

When I emailed the “informant” back and said I would be pulling my post because it appeared to be fake, I got this message:

From: “Tanya Stanworth”
Date: October 30, 2012, 4:55:06 PM MDT
Subject: Please don’t email me here anymore Re: I am a Former Matheson volunteer and I have something you should see…

This what’ll was set up to deliver a message, I delivered and won’t be
using it anymore

Sigh. Silly season indeed. Just ask yourself one question: Why is it believable? Because Jim straddles the fence on everything. E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. NO ONE KNOWS WHERE HE STANDS. Except against Mia Love. In April, he said he was voting for Obama. In the last 6 weeks, multiple reporters have asked him POINT-BLANK who he is supporting for President and he won’t answer. To give you the straight scoop, we called his office. Guess what. They still REFUSE to answer. Absolutely, flat-out refuse. They took down a name and number and said “We’ll get back to you.” What? You have to think about it some more? If I were a Democrat, I’d be livid Matheson won’t stand for anything – including his support for the current President.

Yes, I know. I’m gonna be ripped to shreds for believing an email sent to me from a Matheson informant. At least with the people ripping me, you know where they stand. You certainly know where I stand.

What you don’t know is where Matheson stands. Still.

Now I’m going back to sewing Halloween costumes. With a raging fever. Awesome.

CoMITTed to Mia Love

October 30, 2012

From soon-to-be President Romney: “We need Mia Love in Congress…she is ready to lead…we need her in Congress”

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

October 24, 2012

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.

Mia Love listed in The Hill’s Top 25 women to watch

October 24, 2012

Today, DC publication “The Hill” released their Top 25 women to watch and Mia Love is on the list.

“Few small-town mayors get the chance to speak at their party’s national convention — but Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mayor Mia Love (R) is no ordinary small-town mayor,” reads the lead-in.

She is “giving battle-hardened Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) one of the toughest races of his career.”

The Hill notes that she has support in pretty high places. “Ann Romney, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) have fundraised or stumped for her, and Reps. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have donated to her campaign.”

They didn’t even mention some of her other high-profile supporters – Condoleezza Rice, Cathy McMorris-Rogers (also on the list) – and who can forget the other Romney’s – Josh Romney is her campaign chair and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has openly endorsed her and even recorded ads on her behalf.

The Hill concludes:

Polls show a tight race between Love and Matheson. If she wins, she’ll be thrust into her party’s spotlight — but even if Matheson holds on, she’s unlikely to disappear from the political scene.

But she’s not gonna lose…..

Will Romney get the coveted Jim Matheson endorsement?

October 24, 2012

The Washington Free Beacon ran a fun article today “The Trials of Jim Matheson” talking about the Romney surge (OK, tsunami) and how it caught him flat-footed.

Mitt Romney’s swing from conservative underdog to presidential contender has complicated the political landscape for a handful of moderate Democrats who were banking on tepid Republican turnout in their traditionally red states.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the Republican stronghold of Utah where Romney’s surge in the national polls has reenergized the electorate and frustrated the political fortunes of Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson.

Matheson chose to run outside the district he lives in – why? Because he thought the GOP nominee in the 4th would be easier to beat? Certainly seems that way. But – he miscalculated. Not only did he underestimate Mia, it appears he underestimated the Romney tsunami.

Now, with super tight polling (none of which puts Matheson over 50%, by the way), he might be looking for a Hail Mary.

“It’s becoming clear to all of us that one of the last hail Mary passes he can throw is to do something over the top and out of the ordinary,” said one senior political official in Utah who, like others, spoke anonymously to the Free Beacon.

“This momentum shift has occurred and there’s a likelihood the Republican could win,” the source said. “Now, Matheson is in a precarious position that three weeks ago was not the case.”

Matheson was claiming Romney needed him in the House when he was President – until Romney endorsed and cut ads for Mia.

As the Free Beacon points out:

His campaign website avoids the term “Democrat” and touts endorsements from the National Rife Association and Jon Huntsman Sr., the father of Utah’s former Republican governor and failed presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.

The word “Democrat” is also missing from Matheson’s biography, which describes him as “an independent voice for change.”

Matheson’s camp didn’t quite deny that Matheson would endorse Romney.

“That sounds to me like an unfounded rumor,” Alyson Heyrend, Matheson’s communications director.

Remember, he told the Salt Lake Tribune in the spring that he “plans to vote for Obama.” Now, he won’t answer that question, even when asked directly.

The Free Beacon notes Matheson’s distancing of himself from Obama:

Others point to a recent debate between Matheson and Love as evidence that Obama’s ailing poll numbers have forced the Democrat to change his game plan.

Asked by Love about his support for Obama, Matheson instead discussed his ability to work with Romney.

“I’m not Barack Obama,” Matheson stated. “In a Romney presidency, I’d be the first to reach across the aisle to work with him to make sure he’s successful.”

Bwahahahahaha. Sure.

Matheson hearts Eric Holder

October 11, 2012

Jim Matheson is refusing to answer questions about Eric Holder and the increasing calls from Congress for Holder’s resignation.

As described by the Washington Times,

Matheson is the only Democrat in the Utah congressional delegation and attempts to distance himself from his party, given the remarkably conservative district he represents. Although he voted against the the original health care law in 2010, he voted with the Democrats in January of 2011 against the repeal of the health care law.

And then:

Matheson’s campaign office and his Washington D.C. press secretary refuse to answer any inquiries on Fast and Furious, and it appears that Rep, Matheson wants AG Holder to remain at the helm of the Justice Department.

The Daily Caller tried to follow up as well:

After his staff ignored the Washington Times’ Kerry Picket’s questions on the matter, TheDC asked Matheson spokeswoman Alyson Heyrend if the congressman thinks Holder should resign. TheDC’s request for comment went unanswered.

The Daily Caller makes it clear what Mayor Mia Love’s stance is:

Unlike Matheson, Love called for Holder’s resignation

“Mr. Holder has been appointed to do a job – he’s been hired to do a job – and I have not yet found a good response to ‘what did he know and when did he know it?’” Love said of Holder and Fast and Furious then. “I have not been able to find that. And, if you can’t answer that question, there’s a big problem there. If you think about the amount of lives that have been lost and you can’t answer those questions, then you’re gone. You’re not fit to do that job anymore. And, yes, personally, I think he should resign.”

Matheson attacking Love for wanting to restrain government

October 11, 2012

Matheson’s latest negative attack ad against Mayor Mia Love goes after her for wanting to rein in out-of-control spending and limit the federal government‘s involvement in education. Isn’t Jim a limited government fiscal conservative? That’s how he has always campaigned…. I guess when the polls put him down 6 points or more – and still falling – his true colors start showing.

Matheson produced an ad that says (and I’m paraphrasing) that Mia hates kids and hates education. He also parrots his ridiculous line that she’s “Not Ready”

Jim, that’s bull-pucky and you know it.

Mayor Love is advocating LOCAL CONTROL of not only educational decisions, but educational dollars. Our dollars in Utah always go farther when we don’t have to send them to DC for laundering, then get them back with strings attached. (No Child Left Behind, anyone? How about Race to the Top?)

So let’s talk about the Department of Education. It became a Cabinet-level department in 1980, after being created and signed into law by Jimmy Carter in late 1979. Republicans at the time protested its creation, saying that education was a LOCAL function and not one for the federal government to control.

Democrats used the Commerce Clause (there’s that pesky thing again) to say that indeed the nation needed a new bureacratic agency, one that would be funded under the Taxing and Spending Clause. At its creation, the Dept of Ed had 3000 employees, with an annual budget of $12 billion. Today, it has a budget of $71 billion – an increase of almost 600%. Employee numbers have risen by the thousands as well.

Returning education to the states is not a new idea. During the 1980 presidential debates – the same year the Dept of Ed sprang into existence – Ronald Reagan advocated eliminating it. With the House under Democrat control, he was unsuccessful. In his 1982 State of the Union address, he talked about it again, saying: “The budget plan I submit to you will realize major savings by dismantling the Department of Education.”

In 1996, the Republican party made getting rid of the Dept of Ed a cornerstone of their campaign promises and a key part of their platform. Bob Dole, who ran for president that year, said “We’re going to cut out the Department of Education.”

With the explosive growth of yet another government agency, when we have $16 trillion in debt and a trillion in deficit each year, it’s about time we have an adult conversation about the proper role of government. (And I must point out yet again that LIMITED government does not equal NO government…..)

Utah is ready to manage its own educational programs. Educational decisions belong in the hands of families, first and foremost, with government oversight being done at the most local level possible.

Matheson could learn something from Mia by asking these simple questions:

*Is it affordable?
*Is it sustainable?
*Is it our job?

Jim’s answer is always MORE GOVERNMENT and now he’s on the attack when his opponent says we need to get government off our backs and out of our wallets. How is Matheson’s big government view one of “Utah’s values?”

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