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BREAKING: Utah Democrat Jim Matheson Won't Seek Re-Election in 2014
Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2013 | Guy Benson

Posted on 12/17/2013 12:12:43 PM PST by jazusamo

Five-term Congressman Jim Matheson has announced that he'll relinquish his Congressional seat following the 2014 midterm elections, likely paving the way for a GOP pick-up. The Utah Democrat made his decision public via his Facebook page:

When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service. Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives. Public service has been integral to my life for as long as I can remember. I was raised to value the honor in public service and the responsibility of holding the public trust. My time in Congress has only strengthened these beliefs...

Matheson was one of 34 House Democrats who voted against Obamacare in 2010, and he's labored mightily to distance himself from his party on the issue, evidently to no avail. Phil Klein sums up the resulting take-away nicely:

(Excerpt) Read more at townhall.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: 2014election; matheson; mialove; utah4

1 posted on 12/17/2013 12:12:43 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Praying for my Love to take this seat!


2 posted on 12/17/2013 12:14:03 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: jazusamo

Oh look! The writing looks clearer on that wall over there!


3 posted on 12/17/2013 12:14:21 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: jazusamo

Me Love
Mia Love

Does that bumpersticker work?


4 posted on 12/17/2013 12:15:11 PM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: jazusamo

Well, at least a libertarian can’t hand a seat to him now.


5 posted on 12/17/2013 12:15:15 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Mia Love should take this seat now.


6 posted on 12/17/2013 12:15:26 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

I believe the real reason is known as “Obamacare”.


7 posted on 12/17/2013 12:20:30 PM PST by laconic
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To: jazusamo

Good. We don’t need Boehner. All of the Republicans in Boehner’s district should vote for the Democrat as a temporary placeholder.


8 posted on 12/17/2013 12:20:31 PM PST by forgotten man
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To: laconic

Matheson voted against Obamacare, I believe at every turn. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that I will likely be represented in the house by a Republican come November, but Matheson was Utah Democrat in the same was Scott Brown was a Boston Republican.


9 posted on 12/17/2013 12:28:45 PM PST by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: jazusamo

Well, that settles it. Mia Love will be a congresswoman next year.


10 posted on 12/17/2013 12:29:59 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: jazusamo

The Facebook posting is a real Profile In Courage, eh??


11 posted on 12/17/2013 12:32:07 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jazusamo; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Perdogg; ...

Ladies and Gentlemen, come January 3, 2015, we finally will have the first black Republican congresswoman in our nation’s history.

Meet Mayor (soon-to-be-Congresswoman) Mia Love: http://love4utah.com/ Of course, many of you remember her from her outstanding speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention. She is a solid conservative, and tryly a remarkable woman.

Mia Love easily won the nomination to the seat in the 2012 nominating convention, and surely will win it again. And, while she lost the general election by less than 0.5% in 2012, this time she won’t be facing the only Democrat to have been elected to any federal or statewide office in Utah during the past two decades.

Here’s my proposed theme song for her 2014 campaign (the same one I proposed for her 2012 run): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7eloXr2iak


12 posted on 12/17/2013 12:32:12 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what ma kes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Vigilanteman

don’t you mean the stupid libtards and their equally stupid “constitutional” party voters won’t be able to elect another rat by default.


13 posted on 12/17/2013 12:37:07 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: jazusamo; All
Well, he's pretty smart..gotta give him that. He's the Mack Davis of politics..he can read the writing on the wall. It would be a brutal, uphill race, and for what? He's have to run away from Obama, and Pelosi in the campaign, and even if, by a miracle he won..for what..to serve again in the minority?

I keep asking myself why the hell Pryor's running again?

14 posted on 12/17/2013 12:37:18 PM PST by ken5050 (I still miss Howlin)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Slight change from Clinton’s theme from one of his inaugural balls:

Love, the one you’re with.


15 posted on 12/17/2013 12:37:58 PM PST by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: jazusamo
That's too bad. I thought he was great in Animal House.
16 posted on 12/17/2013 12:38:57 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: AuH2ORepublican

And she can also “RUN” in the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon..


17 posted on 12/17/2013 12:39:19 PM PST by ken5050 (I still miss Howlin)
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To: Cyber Liberty

You mean this former Congressman? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_Otter

: )

As a kid, Tim Matheson played one of Beaver’s pals in Leave it to Beaver; who would have thought he’d latter become an Otter.


18 posted on 12/17/2013 12:42:04 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what ma kes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Andyman

Actually, the Nat King Cole standard, L-O-V-E, would make a great campaign song as well; the Stephen Stills classic about promiscuity, not so much. : )


19 posted on 12/17/2013 12:43:42 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what ma kes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: All
A video to refresh everyone's memory about Mia Love >>> Mia Love - Speech At Republican National Convention
20 posted on 12/17/2013 12:58:03 PM PST by Unmarked Package
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To: jazusamo

Whats that sound?

The thunder of RINO hooves....


21 posted on 12/17/2013 1:18:11 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: Farnsworth

Yep, music to our ears. The GOP-e RINOs won’t be happy.


22 posted on 12/17/2013 1:23:37 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Yep reince priebus is probably digging through his purse right now looking for RINO phone numbers


23 posted on 12/17/2013 1:30:54 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: jazusamo

Cool. Mia Love will make an outstanding member of congress.


24 posted on 12/17/2013 4:33:16 PM PST by RKBA Democrat ( There is no worst president but owebama, and valerie jarrett is his prophet.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I would like to see Katrina Pierson TX-32 there as well.


25 posted on 12/19/2013 8:51:02 PM PST by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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