In his blog, former Democratic Senate candidate Pete Ashdown says Utah Democrats “have bigger fish to fry” than Representative Jim Matheson, who is catching heat from his party for voting against the healthcare bill.
He says many have been pushing him to challenge Matheson for the nomination in 2010, but he’s not jumping into the fray because “a Democrat who is more to the left than Jim Matheson could probably easily win a primary, maybe even settle this in convention, but in the end would lose the general election.”
And, in the end, Matheson still sits on the Democratic side of the aisle.
2010 is going to be Republicans trying to capitalize against President Obama’s agenda. Although I haven’t ruled out running in 2010, I don’t want to be contributing to the inevitable losses the Democratic party is going to face. If I was running instead of Matheson, the national GOP would pour resources into the race not because they care about Utah, but because they want their majority back.