Matheson didn’t say a whole lot new, talked about how screwy Congress is on fiscal matters, hopeful that some real immigration reform could be coming.
But also showing up Thursday – surprise, surprise – was Mia Love.
You recall that Love lost a close race against Matheson in the newly-formed 4th Congressional District.
Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, went to ground after her loss, with many Utah Republicans saying she ran a poor campaign and certainly should have defeated Utah’s only Democratic congressman in a very red year in Utah and Mitt Romney at the head of the ticket.
Little has been heard publicly from Love in the last few months.
Romney carried the 4th District with a heavy margin, and so Love failed to get those Republicans to vote for her, with many of them splitting their ticket for Matheson.
Anyway, what a coincidence to see Love in the House Chamber right after Matheson spoke, hugging her GOP colleagues.
Will she try to beat Matheson again in 2014?
Time will tell.
Certainly, like the second re-election of Matheson in a new district in 2004 (he won), a second bite at Matheson next year should be harder than the first bite Utah Republicans got at him last year.