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bambbrose
06-25-2008, 12:04 AM
From

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=3612942


One of the Utah establishment republicans who has been in office for over 12 years got beat Tuesday in Utah. The new congressman is very inexperienced but seems to follow Ron Paul's principles very closely. He wants to get rid of the department of education, and many other federal programs, as well as eliminate birth right citizenship for illegals.

He doesn't have much of a voting record since he is brand new to the game, but at least he has the right ideas.

He is basically a shoe in at this point, as Utah typically votes about 90% or more republican.

Notice the medias spin on the story, as if the guy who lost was "one of the most conservative congressmen" lol. His voting record is amazingly liberal and full of poor spending habits.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon, one of the nation's most conservative congressmen, lost his bid for a seventh term Tuesday in a Republican primary that focused on whether he was conservative enough for Utah's 3rd District.

Cannon was defeated by first-time candidate Jason Chaffetz, a former Brigham Young University football player who served as chief of staff for popular Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman.

The lobbying group American Conservative Union said Cannon was nearly perfect on its issues in 2007, scoring 96 percent. But Chaffetz repeatedly pounded the incumbent, especially on immigration, and pledged to be even more conservative.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Chaffetz led 60 percent to 40 percent. Voter turnout was described as low.

"I think we have a mandate to help return the Republican Party to its core conservative principles," he told The Associated Press after Cannon conceded defeat. "People were fed up and we empowered them to come involved and make the changes we need."

Cannon had no immediate public comment on the election result.

Meanwhile, in Utah's only statewide race, Richard Ellis defeated Mark Walker for the Republican nomination for treasurer.

The race was mired by accusations of bribery. Walker repeatedly denied offering Ellis a raise to stay as deputy treasurer and drop out, but the allegation may have stuck with voters.

With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Ellis had nearly 60 percent of the vote.

In the congressional race, Chaffetz claimed Cannon was soft on immigration, saying his votes amounted to offering amnesty to people in the country illegally.

In 2003, Cannon sponsored a bill that would have allowed states to charge in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.

Rather than deporting all illegal immigrants, Cannon has called for a guest-worker program that doesn't punish businesses and allows immigrants to travel freely across the border.

Chaffetz said he wants the U.S. to deport all illegal immigrants and stop granting automatic citizenship to children born here if their parents aren't legal residents.

He also attracted support in the largely suburban district by saying he wants to abolish the U.S. Education Department and cut a slew of federal programs unless they can prove they're working.

Chaffetz will face Democratic candidate Spencer Bennion, a former television reporter, in the general election.

But in one of the nation's most conservative districts, Chaffetz, an ex-BYU kicker, is expected to easily cruise to victory in November.

He was considered a long shot to win the Republican nomination. Before the Utah Republican convention in May, David Leavitt was considered Cannon's most serious challenger.

But Leavitt, the brother of former Gov. Mike Leavitt, was knocked out early at the May convention, and Chaffetz actually came within a few votes of beating Cannon and avoiding a primary election.

It was a fate Cannon had experienced before -- this was his third consecutive primary.

Cannon had hoped his name recognition, a large amount of campaign cash and a pool of more moderate voters would propel him again to the Republican nomination. An endorsement from President Bush, who still remains popular here, was also expected to help, as it did in 2006.

But this year, the political climate was different.

In 2006, Cannon "had a president that was much more popular that came to his aid," said Quin Monson, a BYU political science professor. "You had a Republican Party riding high, controlling Congress and so on, and you had an economy doing better.

"He had all these factors working against him this time," Monson said.

Monson said Chaffetz did a superb job targeting likely voters, even though he had a much smaller budget. Campaign-finance reports show Cannon raised about $740,000, compared to about $111,000 raised by Chaffetz.

"Even though he doesn't have experience as a candidate prior to this election, he does have political experience," Monson said of Chaffetz. "He's a very savvy and articulate guy. He didn't stumble."

In the treasurer's race, Ellis filed a complaint with the state elections office. Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert, also a Republican, waited until polls closed Tuesday to announce that an investigation into bribery allegations is warranted.

The Utah Attorney General's Office will handle any probe.

Herbert said he waited until after the primary election because he didn't want to influence the outcome of the GOP race.

acptulsa
06-25-2008, 06:18 AM
Thanks for the article and the link. Heard this on the radio this morning. It was funny. The announcer said that voters didn't think Cannon was conservative enough with this note of disbelief in her voice like, isn't all conservatism the same? Once you cross right of center isn't your soul lost and isn't the rest unimportant details? Funny yet sad.

Liberty seems to be an idea whose time is either here or near!

Original_Intent
06-25-2008, 08:23 AM
One of the country's most conservative congressmen. Puh-leeze.

Also, the GOP party machine was 110% backing Cannon, it gives me great hope that he was defeated in spite of this.

Yesterday on Utah's election website they already had Chris Cannon listed as the GOP candidate for this November - no mention of Chavettz. Oopsie.

Chavettz is no Ron Paul Republican (He supports the "war on terror" for one thing) but he is for limited government and just the fact that the party leadership did not want him and he still won handily is a good sign that liberty is not dead yet.

acptulsa
06-25-2008, 08:31 AM
Yesterday on Utah's election website they already had Chris Cannon listed as the GOP candidate for this November - no mention of Chavettz. Oopsie.

LOL. Hey, guys! Just because you think you wrote the program doesn't mean you're with the program!

Kade
06-25-2008, 08:48 AM
From

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=3612942


One of the Utah establishment republicans who has been in office for over 12 years got beat Tuesday in Utah. The new congressman is very inexperienced but seems to follow Ron Paul's principles very closely. He wants to get rid of the department of education, and many other federal programs, as well as eliminate birth right citizenship for illegals.

He doesn't have much of a voting record since he is brand new to the game, but at least he has the right ideas.

He is basically a shoe in at this point, as Utah typically votes about 90% or more republican.

Notice the medias spin on the story, as if the guy who lost was "one of the most conservative congressmen" lol. His voting record is amazingly liberal and full of poor spending habits.

If you keep hijacking the term liberal, then liberals will keep hijacking the term conservative. Your choice.

Either way, Cahffetz was a belligerent theocrat. This was another anti-religious vote, in comparison to most of the 2006 upsets.

torchbearer
06-25-2008, 09:15 AM
liberals will keep hijacking the term conservative.


one word: neoconservative.

shagywashere
06-27-2008, 05:08 AM
This is form Chaffetz page.... Ron Paul Republican? Think again.



War on Terror: We need to continue to adapt our military preparedness to respond quickly to radical jihadists anytime, anywhere using enhanced special forces capabilities and the best possible intelligence.

Middle East. We must continue to protect our interests in the Middle East and help defend our allies in the region. <B>This includes continuing to apply diplomatic pressure on rogue governments like Syria and Iran, promoting peace and democracy in Iraq, and insuring the defense and security of Israel. </b>

Line Item Veto. I support giving the President a line item veto to provide a check against pork barrel spending.

freedom-maniac
06-27-2008, 02:43 PM
one word: neoconservative.

Doesn't it seem amazing that in the rest of the world "Liberal" means libertarian, and "conservative" means nationalist.