Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Cannon: fodder?

What me, govern?

It looks like Chris Cannon, fresh off a tough primary challenge in the summer, is already being seriously challenged. And the best part is, Gov. Huntsman is (to a degree) behind it.
Jason Chaffetz moved to Utah as an agnostic Democrat.
Now, more than 20 years later, the former chief of staff to Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. wants to run as a Mormon Republican for Congress
The 39-year-old businessman said he is a "frustrated conservative" who is "hungry and excited" about winning over voters by going back to Republican values and principles.

What are those principles pray tell, because it seems like Republicans in Congress have none.
Chaffetz said the Republicans, who lost control of Congress to the Democrats in November, "had a chance to make some major changes and they didn't do it."
"The country saw the Republicans acting in an unethical way, and the country made a change," he said. "It was the fault of how Republicans acted, and we'll pay the price."

So I guess he wants Republicans to be ethical, something we all can get behind (except Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Bob Ney, the CA GOP delegation, etc.) But what about being the party of small(er) government, of fiscal responsibility, being tough on crime, good at foreign policy. I count no on all of those thus far.

"Chaffetz said he and Cannon have very different views on immigration, nuclear waste and education. But he declined to go into any details on his policy ideas, saying he'll be talking about them along the campaign trail."

We all wait with baited breath. This just goes to show that Republicans in Utah smell blood in the water. "If a crazy man like Jacob can get 44.2%, imagine what I, a sane competent Republican can get against Cannon?!" Now that big brother isn't watching over him at the state party convention, watch the sparks to fly in 2007-8.

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