Frank Pignanelli Says What Others are Afraid to Say
In today's edition of his weekly column Frank Pignanelli takes off his gloves and delivers some tough love to the state's Democrats. His second point was particularly juicy: "Eliminate the anti-Mormon stigma. Bigoted conduct against LDS Church members is a cancer that has crippled my party (and infected too many Salt Lake City residents). Not only is this politically stupid but is contrary to core party principles of human rights. For the last 10 years, a coalition of LDS Democrats and nonmembers has attempted to reverse this trend, only to be rebuffed by party bigwigs and financial contributors with an agenda. The minority party has become a refuge for non-Mormons and former Mormons whose politics are focused on poking at the dominant religion. The purpose of the Democratic Party is to promote important ideas and elect Democrats, not to serve as therapy for Utahns who have issues with the LDS Church and its members. Party officials can root out this insidious disease by consistently exercising a "zero tolerance" policy against any bias based on creed." And so the debate continues. Will the Utah Democratic Party be a Mayor Anderson party, or will it be a Congressman Matheson party? Or can it comfortably be both? Or, as some would say, is there nothing wrong with the party, only with the population of Utah?