Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Doug Wright and District 2

Republicans have learned their District 2 lesson: Avoid a convention conflict at all costs. That's why Rep. LaVar Christensen is being pressured to stay out of the race against Congressman Jim Matheson. Rep. Christensen is well known and would likely make a strong showing at the convention. He will also tie up much of the fundraising resources of the Utah State Republican Party. This would complicate the plans of Doug Wright, who has decided to run and who many Republican insiders believe has the public profile to bring home the restless, fence- hopping Republican voters of District 2. An early Republican coronation, however, wouldn't signal the end of Doug Wright's problems. Congressman Matheson spent almost $2 million in his last race, so Wright needs that much at minimum. Doug Wright, however, doesn't have the political network to raise that kind of money. He'll need to rely on powerful benefactors who can donate their networks, and he'll need them unencumbered by rival candidates.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Jeff said...

Did Doug announce?

12/08/2005 06:18:00 AM  
Blogger Ethan said...

not yet

12/08/2005 06:58:00 AM  
Blogger County Cartel said...

Here is something else for the SLC Spinsters to chew on. Nancy Workman has decided to throw her hat in the ring for the upcoming County Clerk race.

Nancy has been running around meeting with Dems at the County complex. As she and Sherrie Swensen are very good friends, she has no intentions of really winning. Her goal would be to finally get an outlet for spending her 100K war chest. (Remember, Yocum said she can't spend that money on anything but political purposes)

The added bonus as this would keep out any legitimate challengers and give the Repubs the big middle finger for dumping her in the last year's County Mayor race.

12/08/2005 08:41:00 AM  
Blogger Reach Upward said...

I doubt voters would toss Matheson in favor of Doug Wright regardless of whether he has a convention challenge or not. Voters have re-elected Matheson twice, and most district 2 voters probably think he's doing an OK job. He's a right leaning Democrat. Why would they toss him for a left leaning Republican? To bolster the standing of the national GOP? The party isn't winning any popularity contests with conservatives lately, so don't count party loyalty as a strong factor in that race -- especially in district 2.

12/08/2005 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

I think it will a close race and fun one to watch. As media savy as Wright is I think he has the ability to get his message out more effeciently than other would be challengers.

Reach Upward makes some good points, but I think Wright has real shot. I still think the only reason Matheson got in there in the first place is because of Merrill Cook's meltdown. But the truth is Wright is going to have to prove he's that much different than Matheson, because as RU states I don't think party loalty is enough...

12/09/2005 08:27:00 AM  

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