Monday, February 06, 2006

Doug Wright Not A Candidate

Looks like my dream was right on the money. February 6, 2006, Salt Lake City, UT "After seriously considering a bid for the 2nd Congressional District seat, KSL Radio personality Doug Wright has decided against declaring his candidacy for 2006." "With broad support, both in Utah and Washington, D.C., and enthusiastic grass roots encouragement, Wright is confident that he would have prevailed in both the convention and primary. He expressed concern however, that, If Republicans are to have a chance of winning the seat; we must not go down the same path that we have traveled in the last three election cycles. " "In recent speeches he has also shown reservation about reliving the past with a contentious and resource draining Republican Convention, followed by a bitter and divisive Primary; all of which have proven to be a formula for disaster. By choosing to not participate in a potential replay, Wright feels that the Republican Party will have a better chance of reclaiming this most important national office." "A recent inductee into the Utah Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Doug Wright has been a highly respected opinion-maker for almost three decades. His interest in politics can be traced back to early Utah pioneer roots and his great grandfather Stephen H. Love, a two-term President of the Utah State Senate, candidate for Congress and also for Governor." "In referring to Wright's seriously considered 2006 run for the congressional seat, a column in the Deseret Morning News recently said, He is clearly the candidate Matheson fears the most." "Wright will maintain an active role in Utah politics and public affairs and looks forward to continuing his popular radio show. The Utah Policy Daily has described The Doug Wright Show as A significant factor in Utah politics, and further noted that the value of getting on Wright's show is now on a par with getting an audience with newspaper editorial boards or getting a press release published."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude -
Where are your sources? Where did you get this?

2/06/2006 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger Simon J. said...

You truly are a seer, Ethan.

2/06/2006 06:17:00 PM  
Blogger Reach Upward said...

I'm not sure Wright would have prevailed at the convention or in a primary. Although Republican, he's left of Matheson on some issues important to GOP voters. That might be popular in a general election, but the party faithful determine the outcome of the convention and the primary. They are less tolerant of liberal ideologies.

Even if Wright somehow had made it to the November ballot, there's little reason to believe that Dist. 2 voters would have seen any reason to toss Matheson in his favor. There aren't that many people that think that being a good talking head translates into being a good politician (take note Phil Riesen).

Besides, I'm not sure Wright is ready to dump his current gig. He seems to enjoy it too much, and he still has a lot of sway in the political arena without actually being in there doing the actual wrangling and fund raising. I think Wright was wise to bow out.

2/07/2006 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it. He had a better chance beating Matheson than any of the other candidates, so why in the world would he back out and not another one? I don't understand his reasoning. Whatever. Good luck to him.

2/07/2006 08:29:00 AM  
Blogger theorris said...

He's probably happy having a real job, if radio punditry can be considered a real job.

2/07/2006 05:38:00 PM  

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