Therapist1 - it is pretty clear where McMullin stands on Trump. No
clarification needed there. NoNamesAccepted - inner-city Salt Lake?
That's funny.Amazing to see people write that Chaffetz is doing
a good job. I guess any publicity is good publicity.
Evan, please run against Chaffetz. My wife and I will both vote for you in the
primary we live in his district and we and many of our friends and neighbors are
sick and tired of what he is doing and how poorly he represents our state and
its people.We need to get back to common sense, reasonable
government.We need people in the GOP that will hold Trump in check.
This guy is not an option for Utah.
He is a independent and reasonable. He will do well in the next huge anti Donald
In reading the comments I see that most of those commenting have little
understanding of how the election processes works in Utah. For example,
McMullin couldn't beat Hatch even if Hatch was in a nursing home under
hospice care. The general election for state office is of no consequence, the
candidates are actually elected at the republican primary, and since McMullin is
not a republican, his chance of being elected is the same as for the democrat,
zero.As for Chaffetz' 3rd CD McMullin's chances are also
zero. I don't know where he lives in the 3rd CD, but I doubt that McMullin
could even be elected to the Utah state legislature. McMullin's only real
position was that he was a choice for non democrat Utahns that didn't want
to vote for Trump or Clinton. There are zero non-republicans elected to
political office outside of SL County, and McMullin is not a republican.
I am so sick of this talk of RINOs - the Republican party is bigger than the
racist, anti-science, anti environment party it has become in the last eight
years.You want to talk RINO- What about this expensive
ridiculous wall that is being built? What about the fact that the security
detail on Melania in New York costs as much as the yearly budget for the
arts?What about the talk of government overreach - and yet we are ok with
programs that spy and collect data on our own people.THOSE
aren't Republican ideas either.
I guess I know what McMullin was against, less about what he was for. While
Hatch and Chaffetz are not perfect, they do seem to reflect the views of the
majority here. That being said, I would like to see national term limits, this
would drastically change the field of candidates. I don't like the fact
that most elected officials begin working for the government in some way and
then get elected again and again, and end their careers in government service.
Wouldn't this be the case if we elected McMullin? We have a big disconnect
between regular folks and those who've depended on the government for their
wage. There are inherent problems with being governed this way, we become
conditioned into thinking the only solutions are government solutions.
I keep trying to find out more about this man, but I can't get information
What I do know is that he is LDS or was, or is some sort of LDS, was working
with the CIA and ?????? What is his platform? What are his main goals for
govt? I can't find out much about his life as to what he supports or
lives. He seems to have come out of the forest and walked into Politics and I
am very concerned about backing him. I live in Texas and most of us LDS members
here scratch our heads and wonder why so many in Utah back him when we still
don't know anything about him. It sure would be nice to find out more
before I would vote for him. Does anyone really know what he is running for, or
what he is about? My biggest concern is if he his conservative, by his
actions, that is the most important. I see posts saying he is gay, so what, Is
he honorable in his actions? Is he a good man? but most of all what is his
position on the constitution and making our laws constitutional? Then I would
@UtahBlueDevil , I am totally on board with you. The new Republican party lacks
perspective.I used to vote Republican consistently until the party
was hijacked by the conspiracy theorists. I appreciate that McCain and Graham
have the guts to stand up to Trump, someone that does not represent Republican
values at all. I don't expect to see that kind of strength from my
spineless representatives, Hatch and Chaffetz.New Republicans
complain passionately about welfare while, at the same time, asking that the
entire economy be reset because they don't want to learn how to do new
jobs. I thought we were pro personal responsibility? I guess not if it means
that we have to learn new skills. Party principals used to be anti-entitlement
and at least somewhat fact based - not any more.I like McMullin
because he is an actual conservative. He is pro-trade because it makes economic
sense and I believe he would oppose the huge expense on our southern border
because it doesn't appear to actually address a problem. I would love it if
I could vote for McMullin over either Hatch or Chaffetz.
Hatch should retire at the end of his term. He will get no where with the GOP
delegates who have been markedly anti-incumbents the last 4 years. I'd love
to have Chaffetz in there to replace him.
He so enjoyed his fifteen minutes of fame he wants fifteen minutes more.
@water rocket "He [McMullin] isn't married, which in this state makes
a difference,..."But he doesn't openly grope women which
should count for something in this state.
"His true enemies are true Republican Conservatives as he is a Lindsey
Graham John McCain RINO!"Truth.... who made you arbitrator of
what a republican is? Who said you get to decide who is a real republican, and
who is a so called RINO. I would contend that it is those who spew hate and
disdain at others who are the true RINOs. It is they who say their is only one
way of thinking that qualifies as a true conservative... they are the real
RINOs. The two men you mock... as RINOs... have done far more for
this nation, for conservative values, then all those talking heads and web
bloggers combined. You may not agree with everything they say, or believe, but
you are no more a true conservative then are they. I find it most amusing how
so called conservatives feed on their own because those others don't
conform to what ever preconceived notion of what conservatism is. Sounds a lot like another group from another part of the world.
please, please, please, ANY decent republican rather than hatch. If hatch gets
the nomination, I'll write my neighbor's name on the ballot.
Mullin is a glutton for punishment he would do better running as a Democrat.
His true enemies are true Republican Conservatives as he is a Lindsey Graham
John McCain RINO!
Before Mr. McMullin can run in Utah, he needs to make it clear to Utahan's
where he stands on the main issues: Public lands, Health care, 2nd Amendment,
etc. His anti Trump stand will also need to be clarified. Currently, I am
not sure just how conservative he is, sure he is former CIA, but that does not
make him a rock ribbed conservative. Also, if he challenges anyone, it needs
to be Hatch. Chaffetz has his faults, everyone does, but for the most part he
has done an exemplary job representing Utah. I am not sure that McMullin is the
man to replace Hatch, but someone needs to ! and it MUST NOT be a Romney,
Huntsman, or any of our former Governors !!! Prove yourself to the people of
Utah, then challenge Hatch!! Otherwise, go away !!
I would love to see both Hatch and Chaffetz replaced by non-partisan candidates.
Both seem to put party (or self) over country time and again.I think
McMullin could do it. What has worried me about him is that he has positioned
himself and his movement as being squarely anti-Trump. Don't get me wrong,
I agree with his views on Trump and know we would be far better off getting rid
of our current president. But I want to see a more constructive platform coming
from McMullin and Stand Up Republic.I want to see questions answered
like: how are you going to help restore bipartisanship? What steps are you going
to take to increase transparency in government and eliminate corruption? How
will you handle money and special interests?Tell us where you stand
on that, Evan, and you'll find a strong ally in me.
Orrin Hatch will not run in 2018. He has done an admirable job as Senator and
served us well here in Utah and the United States and I predict he will retire
at the end of this term. Jason Chaffetz' stock is rising rapidly and I
will predict he will run for Senator of Utah in 2018 and he will win. We have
been represented well in Utah by these two.
Utah would be well served by having a US Senator and/or a Representative who
dealt with facts instead of fabrications.
We didn't know him before, now we know he is a progressive that believes in
open borders. He admitted that he was running to stop Trump (that was his
claim), which put him on the same side as Hillary. Now that I know
him, I will work against him.
@1123...."I have yet to hear McMullin criticize a
liberal."You must not have studied McMullin's campaign
closely. He was critical of Obama and Democrats. He was critical of Trump
because Trump was awful as a candidate, and has not been presidential since.
Trump supporters are excited because Trump presented a conservative SC nominee.
But Trump has also presented Obamacare-lite (why is government in the health
care business for regular Americans?).Trump wants a single payer
healthcare system. That is more liberal than Obamacare. But then he talks
about building a wall and that gets conservatives excited.McMullin
is more intelligent, and in my opinion, more experienced and ready to be
president than Trump. I know some will disagree with me, but that's my
opinion.So if McMullin is running for the US Senate or House, I will
look at his candidacy again. He got my vote in the presidential election
against awful candidates (Hillary & Trump). It was a no brainer. I
don't know about a run against Hatch or Chaffetz.
McMullin seems eager to say anything he thinks will get him ahead in politics.
That's no different from Hatch or a lot of other politicians, both
Republican and Democrat.McMullin has no track record to prove that
he is a conservative Utah person, or to prove that he is not a liberal
pretending to be conservative.He should start by challenging some of
the liberal Democrats and build a track record in the Legislature or City
Both Hatch and Chaffetz need to unseated by a challenger... But
McMullin is worse by far than both of them.McMulllin stated his
preference for Hillary over Trump.Now... I understand Trump probably
wasn't anyone's first choice. But he's far superior to Hillary.
Who didn't see this coming with his no chance Presidential run? Most people
in the know said his campaign was nothing but creating name recognition to run
for Senate or House. Personally, I wish he could replace both Hatch and
McMullin is making it increasingly clear that he is yet another politician
attempting to advance his career wherever he sees an opportunity. As far as I
can tell, his soon-to-be candidacy isn't about our Republic. It isn't
about saving conservatism. It's about McMullin’s political career.Moreover, McMullin's support seems to step from the political
left-of-center. I have yet to hear McMullin criticize a liberal. Perhaps he has
but, as far as I have heard, he has reserved negative comments exclusively for a
broadening set of Republicans. He appears to be more liberal by the day.
Please, please challenge Hatch. We need someone good who will run. Chaffetz is
doing pretty good. But Hatch is a big big time closet liberal
Challenge Hatch and let Kathie Allen replace Jason Chaffez. We could then bring
a some integrity, common sense, and civility back to Congress.
For McMullin to challenge either of these two he would need to improve his
image. I say this, even though I voted for him to be president. He isn't
married, which in this state makes a difference, like it or not. As for his
other qualifications, there needs to be a whole lot more made public in order
for us to make informed decisions. Both Chaffetz and Hatch have high profile
positions. Both have represented Utah well. Neither of them is perfect (that
would be me, ha, ha, ha), but neither of them have scandals like Bill Clinton
did. It is hard to change from a known to an unknown politician. Just look at
"available Jones" Herbert to figure that one out.
Anyone but Hatch (or a Romney, Bennett, Leavitt, or other Utah
political-family-dynasty member).Hatch told us this was his last
term. He lied. Nothing has changed to require him to remain. Indeed, with a
Republian in the White House and the GOP the majority in Congress, it is a great
time for a new, young, Utah Senator to start building some seniority. We
don't need Hatch dying in office or being incapacitated with age or
illness.Chaffetz, OTOH, is young and doing a good job of
representing the majority of his constituents. The very small, very loud, very
rude and uncouth, even violent inner-city Salt Lake liberal minority,
notwithstanding.No need to trade Chaffetz for an establishment type.