Chaffetz: Principled Representation

Last night I took the opportunity to attend a “cottage” meeting with Jason Chaffetz and Carl Wimmer at the Riverton Library.  Again, my enthusiasm for these two candidates was renewed.

I have worked on only three campaigns in my entire life.  Okay, I am still relatively young, and three is probably more than most people work on.  However, my point is that I won’t campaign for a candidate unless I believe that candidate has the same principles as I do.

That’s why I am working on the Chaffetz campaign.  He speaks to the things that are important to me.

Jason Chaffetz is a fiscal conservative.  He backs it up by the way he has run his campaign.  Debt free.

Jason Chaffetz is principled in his approach to serving Utah.  He told us how he was approached by an unnamed legislator who offered him a seat on a prominent (my words not Chaffetz’s) committee if he was able to raise a large sum of money for the Republican Party.  While the carrot dangled in front of him, Chaffetz simply knew that he wouldn’t bite.  He wasn’t willing to buy his way in politics.

This is huge to me.  Chaffetz isn’t afraid to go against the flow.  It has been known for a long time that things need to change in Washington.  Finally, we have a nominee who will fight for that change.

Jason Chaffetz will fight for a diverse energy policy.  This includes drilling for oil in the United States, developing energy technologies, and creating safe nuclear power.  It’s refreshing to hear that from a candidate.

Jason Chaffetz will protect our nation.  He will provide our soldiers with better benefits to help the best to keep up the fight.  He will protect our borders by fixing legal immigration and keeping those with out permission out of our land.

I am sure that many of you have heard this before about Chaffetz.  And I really don’t want to repeat myself too much.  However, I am reinvigorated in my support for Chaffetz, that I want you to take the time to find out for yourself.

If what I have said hasn’t helped you then check out the campaign website.  But more importantly, take some time to meet with Jason Chaffetz the next time he is in your area.

Huntsman Endorses Chaffetz

For those who showed up looking for another one of my wonderful dutch oven recipes, let me extend my apologies. This endorsement got in the way. However, I promise you that it will be up tomorrow (even if George W. Bush endorses Chaffetz).

Yesterday the Salt Lake Tribune, and this morning the Deseret News reported that Utah’s Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. has officially endorsed Jason Chaffetz to represent Utah on Capitol Hill. The Salt Lake Tribune also mentioned that Senator’s Hatch and Bennett with be hosting a fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

While the Democrats are trying to turn this into a “Cannon”-ization of Chaffetz, by claiming the their endorsements and support are signs that Chafftez is a member of the Good-old-boys club in the GOP. However, they are simply wrong.

Some are arguing that this is just a sign of how desperate the Republicans are to win in November. They think that they are just supporting Chaffetz to keep the party intact. This is only partly true.

Aren’t there Democratic Candidates that the Party endorses even though they don’t agree with them one-hundred percent. Hillary Clinton has even endorsed Barack Obama. Two people in the DNC who seemed to be at odds have come together. This is nothing new. There is nothing “desperate” about the endorsements and support for GOP leaders for Chaffetz. And Utah Democrats are the pining to win this election. They don’t have much of a chance, but it is fun to see them fighting.

Further, Chaffetz has not been “Cannon”-ized as some have implied. First, Let me explain what I mean by Cannon-ized. Chaffetz opponents says in the Salt Lake Tribune article that “He’s already changed. He’s already become just like them.” He is saying that a vote for Chaffetz is a vote for Chris Cannon. That is crazy. If you know Chaffetz, if you have met him, if you have worked with him. You know that Chaffetz is his own man.

If you need further proof of that, then need I remind you as does the Salt Like Tribune, that Chaffetz had the guts to tell the Governor that he was duped. If that isn’t enough, he did it in public. People try to mock him for this. However, it speaks to something bigger. It speaks to one of Chaffetz greatest assets. Let me use the words of Governor Huntsman as quoted by the Deseret News, “Jason’s dogged tenacity will serve the people of Utah well.”

Chaffetz is the man that we need in Congress. He will win this race because he is about the issues, and he is right on the issues. He sees things like Utah does. Governor Huntsman’s endorsement doesn’t do much for me. If you have read this blog for a long time, you know that I don’t care much for his politics. However, many people like him, so this endorsement will serve Chaffetz well.

Cannon Says I am “Harsh, Boorish”

I have been giving Chris Cannon the benefit of the doubt these past few months. I wasn’t willing to vote for him, but I was willing to give him the respect that should be given honorable people.

However, that respect is all over. No more.

I can’t believe it, but Chris Cannon has called me and those who joined me into voting for Jason Chaffetz “harsh” and “boorish.” Maybe the fact that I didn’t know what boorish meant is a sign that I am. But it is just plain rude to refer to people as such.

The sense that I am getting is that Republican leader ship is disconnected from it’s voters. Cannon’s comments are only a part of it. Apparently, as the article suggests. Bennett and Hatch are disconnected too. Oh, but that was a given.

However, LaVarr Webb agrees stating that these are only localized issues. If they are so localized how come President Bush has one of the lowest ratings in history, and why isn’t Cannon the first incumbent this year to lose his seat.

It’s time for the Republican Party to wake up. They need to realize that it isn’t just the far right wing of the party that is tired of their antics. It is the average citizen that wants to get back to the truly conservative values.

Before I close this, I have a couple of other thoughts. First, what is this that Chris Cannon is saying about not knowing who Jason Chaffetz is? If that is true, then no wonder he lost the race. How can you run a campaign against someone and not do your research? That is either an out-right lie, or Cannon is a complete idiot.

Finally, is it me, or does Chris Cannon sound like he is supporting the Democrat candidate? Maybe he is trying to imply that a vote for Chaffetz made it easier for a Democrat to win (which is true). But it doesn’t guarantee them a win.

I thought that Cannon had class. But it is obvious, that if he did, he lost it when he lost the race in the primary.

What Does Chaffetz’s Win Mean?

As with many of us in the grassroots initiative that helped to secure Jason Chaffetz the Republican nomination yesterday. We are on a high and very excited to see our candidate win. Like Jason, I thank Congressman Cannon for his years of service. Although Cannon didn’t represent me in everything, he did a good job in many ways.

Over this past weekend, I have been thinking about what Chaffetz win means. A lot of these thoughts were sparked by the Bob Lonsberry endorsement that I read on Saturday.

This column by Lonsberry really got me thinking that Chaffetz win could really mean a return to conservative
principles by the Republican Party. This is what I want. This is what we need. Our constitution has hung by a thread long enough. It is time that we start fighting for it in a real way.

Chaffetz’s win could be the start of this movement.

The Republican Party won in the Reagan Years because of our adherence to the core conservative values. Since then there has been a move to the center. I have assumed it was because they felt the centrist position will win. But it hasn’t done us well.

Chaffetz’s win send the message that we the party realize that. We want a more conservative front. We need to get back to the Constitution and fight for our freedoms.

Now is the time to take the Party (especially here in Utah) back to its conservative roots. The movement has started, let’s keep the ball rolling.

Live Blogging – the Chaffetz-Cannon Debate

Below is the text of my initial reaction the the debate between Jason Chaffetz and Chris Cannon on the Bob Lonsberry Program.  You can list to the debate via MP3, and see what my reactions were as I heard them.  Understand that I was at work when making these comments, and sometime work got in the way of blogging.  Can you imagine.

The Debate Begins

8:10am

Cannon asks Chaffetz to share his experience.

Chaffetz gives an excellent resume.

8:15am

Cannon says to vote for me because I am ugly (rough paraphrase). Does Cannon really think that people are voting for Jason because he is better looking?????

8:22am

Chaffetz brings out the first issue oriented question.

Cannon stumbles through in answering the question. And turns it to a different issue that he feels he is strong on.

Lonsberry gets Cannon back on track.

8:25am

Cannon tries to make Chaffetz look soft of immigration.

Chaffetz points people to the facts on himself.

Cannon implies that Chaffetz is inexperienced. Then implies that his temporary permit is a permanent
stay visa. And Cannon is wrong.

8:28am

Chris, if it is hard to get immigration laws passed, then maybe this job is too hard for you. Time to put someone in who is willing to fight for it.

8:29am

Things got really heated. And fun for the listener.

8:40am

At this point the candidate are given equal amounts of time to present their final arguments and rebuttals.

Chaffetz calls out Cannon on his record. While there are similarities. Chaffetz shows how they are different.

  • No Child Left Behind
  • Immigration
  • Personal and Federal Financial responsibility.
  • and more

8:50am

Cannon tells us about the “Fair Isaac” Bill that he passed. Don’t know much about it, but it is interesting how much Air time the Cannon has sought in the past few weeks.

What things are you going to do??? He just says that there are things he would like to do. But he won’t tell us what they are.

Cannon claims to be consistent. However, his early years have shown him to be far more liberal in his attitudes towards illegal immigration.

Then he gets back at Chaffetz who isn’t running in his district. Something that Chaffetz has already called to the table and said is a non-issue.

If energy has been one of your issues, then why are we paying $4 a gallon. Shouldn’t we blame you for this, because you have claimed to be fighting on energy for 12 years.

Concluding Thoughts

I know that I am biased in this election.  But I honestly feel that Chaffetz was the most concise and clear on the issues.  He presented himself very well.  Chris Cannon didn’t do as good a job.  Usually he handles himself better than this.  Anyway, my final conclusion is the Chaffetz won this debate.

Bob Lonsberry to Endorse Jason Chaffetz

After yesterday’s post, I don’t know if I should be eating crow or claiming bragging rights on this. But Bob Lonsberry on Monday will be making an official endorsement of Jason Chaffetz on Monday through his web site and I am sure even on the Radio.

This has renewed my faith in Bob. I am not sure what brought about the change. But his article might give some clues:

Jason Chaffetz is a Ronald Reagan conservative. Chris Cannon is a George W. Bush conservative.

And that distinction is the difference which has divided and diffused the Republican Party and the conservative movement. A brief season of power corrupted the Republican Party and has now cost it both its influence and its soul.

Chris Cannon is part of the regime that failed.

And while he could easily serve out the rest of his life in Congress, and do useful work on a variety of issues, he would do so as just one more of the Washington compromisers. His infatuation with the process of governing has drowned out his commitment to cause.

It’s not that he lacks the courage of his convictions, it’s that he has grown unsure of his convictions. That suits him very well to fit in in Washington, where he is indistinguishable from the big-name Republicans who have endorsed him, but it leaves him oddly out of sync with patriotic and passionate work-a-day Americans in his district.

Chris Cannon is a Doug Wright Republican. Jason Chaffetz is an Ezra Taft Benson Republican.

Chris Cannon is a good man.

But Jason Chaffetz is the better choice.

As the Republican Party prepares for a season in the wilderness, Jason Chaffetz is a voice to cry in the wilderness. He is the man to stand in the well of the House, even if he’s only speaking to a C-SPAN camera, and preach the truth.

As much as I want to produce more of this. I really don’t have permission to print this much. I just use it to show that Bob has finally seen things the way that I do. While Chris Cannon is a good man. While he has served us well for the past 12 years. It is time that we get right of the Bush Republicans and return to the Reagan Republicans of yesterday.

This is awesome news for me. I hope that this is enough to get those fence sitters to realize like Bob and I do that this is about returning the party and this country back to what made us so great.

So, what made Bob change his mind. I honestly don’t know. I am inclined to believe that after interviewing both Jason Chaffetz and Chris Cannon yesterday (MP3), that Bob realized that principle mattered more than anything else.

My wife insists that it was because Bob read my post yesterday and I swayed him. I am inclined to denounce this assertion, but my stat counter makes it seem plausible.

Num City Region Country Name

20 Salt Lake City Utah United States United States

8 Mapleton Utah United States United States

7 Orem Utah United States United States

6 Orangeville Utah United States United States

5 Rochester New York United States United States

Bob Lonsberry lives in Rochester, New York. So, these could very will be his visits to my site. Or more likely, it is a visit from one of his fans in New York. But it does cause me to wonder a bit.

What ever the reason, this is good news to me. I can listen to Bob now without feeling that he has compromised himself. Something, up until this week, I didn’t think that Bob would ever do.

Further, I am glad that the man I support for Congress has the support of one of the men I like to listen to on a regular basis (or as Bob likes to call us “friends”). I look forward to Tuesday’s vote. Because I believe that Chaffetz can win this.

Bob Lonsberry Sells Out to Chris Cannon

I am a huge Bob Lonsberry fan. I have listened to him since his first time on the air here in Utah. I remember when I first heard him, I thought that he was some 70-year-old retired guy that 570am was giving a shot.

Bob won me over when he started talking about the LDS church in a positive way. For as long as I can remember I never understood why Utah television and radio seemed to want to alienate 70% of its audience. And Bob finally opened up to this audience, and I felt welcomed.

I own one of Bob’s books, and I really want to get copies of the others. But I want them autographed like the first one. So, I haven’t been able to get to a book signing where I can buy them and get them signed at the same time.

However, I am deeply concerned with a stance that Bob has taken lately.

Bob has stated that he is supporting Chris Cannon. I almost lost my mind. I can’t believe that Bob has that short of a memory. I can’t believe that Bob feels that Cannon represent Utah (or more specifically the Third District).

But I believe that I know why Bob has sold out. Unfortunately, I don’t have any written proof, but I have audio. So, please forgive me for linking to a large MP3 file. But it’s the only thing I have.

About a week ago, Bob Lonsberry did and interview with none other than Joe Cannon, editor of the Deseret News and brother to Chris Cannon. Listen to the MP3 for a good interview. But the kicker is within the last few mintues of the MP3. At roughly 22:00 minutes into the Interview Bob mentions that KNRS and Bob Lonsberry are working on some sort of “relationship” with MormonTimes.com (a branch of the Deseret News).

Since this interview and even before, I have noticed a lot of “kissy face” (to use Bob’s words) towards the Cannon family. Bob has always been a little standoff towards Jason Chaffetz. I think part of it is that Jason really doesn’t do well on the radio. I don’t know why, but I have never been really impress with Jason’s interviews on the radio.

At first I suspected that Bob was turned off from Chaffetz inarticulate nature on the radio. However, I now have a new insight. Why would Joe Cannon finally be working with Bob Lonsberry. I know from listening to Bob for almost 10 years now that Bob has always wanted to write for the Deseret News. And now during this political season Joe Cannon shows interest in Bob.

Bob you are being played. And as hard as it is for me to believe, you are falling for it. Wake up and get out of bed with the Cannon’s. Not that they are bad people. Just understand that Chris Cannon has done a lot to get air time this past year. Something that he wasn’t interested in over a year ago.

It is frustrating to me. I like Bob Lonsberry. But part of the reason, that I like him is that I always felt like he was sincere. This is the first time that I can’t see the sincerity. I am just at a loss for understanding on this. Because the only reason I can see for Bob to support Cannon is that he is playing “kissy face.”