Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: What Utah Political Figures Should be Thankful For

As we look toward Thanksgiving, we asked our Political Insiders and readers what Utah political figures should be thankful for this holiday season. 

Here are some anonymous comments:

Rep. Rob Bishop is thankful for gerrymandering.”

John Swallow, that he squeezed out one more paycheck from the citizens of Utah before really resigning. What a turkey.”

Mike Lee, thankful for the opportunity to detach himself from Ted Cruz.”

Mike Winder is grateful for industrial strength hair gel because, without it, Utahns would confuse him with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.”

Former Lt. Gov. Bell is thankful that new Lt. Gov. Cox will have all of the fun with the John Swallow aftermath.”

Jason Chaffetz – Apathetic voters who don’t actually pay much attention to what Chaffetz is doing (and not doing).”

Chris Buttars is thankful that you’se guys ain’t taking pot shots at him no more.”

Mark Shurtleff is thankful for retirement from public office.”

Dave Hansen is thankful for letters from the LDS Church.”

Mia Love is thankful for Millcreek issues not being on the ballot next year.”

Orrin Hatch is always thankful for Orrin Hatch.”

Rob Bishop is thankful for hairspray and sweater vests.”

Jim Matheson is thankful for a supportive and forgiving Democratic party…oh, wait.”

Sean Reyes is thankful for the Lt. Governor’s office finding that he did not lose ‘fair and square’ the race for attorney general.”

“I’m John Swallow and I’m thankful for the ability to resign to avoid criminal charges. I hope I will be thankful for a high-paying lobbyist job, out of state.”

Jim Matheson – thankful for misplacing his morals years ago so he can continue to do anything it takes to make sure he doesn’t have to go find a real job.”

“Sen. Lyle Hillyard is thankful for his twin, Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.”

“As a dyed-in-the-wool Republican, I’m grateful for Jim Matheson representing us in Washington! I know that sounds like heresy, but he’s been the only sensible voice from Utah throughout this entire Congressional tantrum.”

“Sen. Orrin Hatch is thankful that Bob Bennett showed him how much danger Hatch faced in 2012.”

Gayle Ruzicka for the Salt Lake Tribune, whose inaccurate coverage promotes the idea that she has influence on Capitol Hill.”

“Sen. Jim Dabakis is thankful he is a member of the minority party and, therefore, has no need to take responsibility for what his wacky ideas would actually do.”

Mike Lee is thankful that Hatch and others ended the shutdown after 16 days.”

Curt Oda – thankful for both Smith and Wesson.”


Respondents include – 

Fred Adams, Stuart Adams, Jess Agraz, Scott Anderson, Laura Arellano, Patrice Arent, Bette Arial, Neil Ashdown, Bruce Baird, Heather Barney, Steve Barth, Jeff Bell, Tom Berggren, Mike Bertelsen, Ron Bigelow, Emily Bingham-Hollingshead, Rob Bishop, Laura Black, Nanci Bockelie, Charles Bradley, Jim Bradley, Ralph Brown, Chris Bleak, Curt Bramble, Joel Briscoe, Ralph Brown, Aaron Browning, Ken Bullock, Ric Cantrell, Maura Carabello, Marty Carpenter, Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Kay Christensen, David Clark, Kim Coleman, Peter Corroon, Tim Cosgrove, Fred Cox, Lew Cramer, Gene Davis, Richard Davis, Brad Daw, Alan Dayton, Margaret Dayton, Mike Deaver, Brad, Dee, Joseph Demma, Jake Dennis, Dan Deuel, Jeff Dixon, Brian Doughty, Carl Downing, Randy Dryer, Susan Duckworth, Donald Dunn, Alan Eastman, Becky Edwards, Scott Ericson, Chase Everton, Jessica Fawson, Janice Fisher, Wendy Fisher, Lorie Fowlke, Ronald Fox, Claire Francis, Ryan Frandsen, Adam Gardiner, Jordan Garn, Ernie Gamonal, Luke Garrott, Dave Gessel, Sheryl Ginsberg, Natalie Gochnour, Robert Grow, Karen Hale, David Hansen, Neil Hansen, Joe Hatch, Jeff Hartley, Dan Hauser, Lynn Hemmingway, Deidre Henderson, Neal Hendrickson, Casey Hill, Lyle Hillyard, Kory Holdaway, Randy Horiuchi, Ben Horsley, Bruce Hough, Scott Howell, Greg Hughes, Miriam Hyde, Allison Isom, Casey Jackson, Eric Jergensen, Mike Jerman, Jonathan Johnson, Michael Jolley, Gordon Jones, Leslie Jones, Pat Jones, Kirk Jowers, Jeremy Keele, Brian King, Scott Konopasek, Steve Kroes, Chris Kyler, Carter Livingston, Fred Lampropoulos, Clark Larsen, Douglas Larson, David Litvack, Larry Lunt, Matt Lyon, Ben McAdams, Daniel McCay, Gayle McKeachnie, JT Martin, Maryann Martindale, Jason Mathis, Bob Mayhew, Karen Mayne, Bret Milburn, Derek Miller, Rob Miller, Ethan Millard, Brett Millburn, Karen Morgan, Jeffery Morton, Mike Mower, Holly Mullen, Wayne Niederhauser, Mike Noel, Randy O’Hara, Ralph Okerlund, James Olsen, Val Oveson, Kelly Patterson, John Pearce, Helen Peters, Karen Peterson, Frank Pignanelli, Becky Pirente, Marie Poulson, Jason Powers, Tami Pyfer, Joe Pyrah, Mike Reberg, Jill Remington Love, Lauren Richards, Holly Richardson, Robin Riggs, James Roberts, Luz Robles, Ross Romero, Carol Sapp, Don Savage, Bryan Schott, Shauna Scott-Bellaccomo, Jay Seegmiller, Jennifer Seelig, Patrick Shea, Randy Shumway, Soren Simonsen, Jeremy Slaughter, Brendan Smith, Brian Somers, Carol Spackman-Moss, Robert Spendlove, Barbara Stallone, Howard Stephenson, David Stringfellow, Mike Styler, Shinika Sykes, Juliette Tennert, Gary Thorup, Kevin Van Tassell, Royce Van Tassel, Doug Thompson, Michael Waddoups, Laura Warburton, Chuck Warren, Christine Watkins, LaVarr Webb, Todd Weiler, Alan West, Mark Wheatley, Larry Wiley, Ted Wilson, Carl Wimmer, Mike Winder, Travis Wood, Thomas Wright, Crystal Young-Otterstrom

Results from the UtahPolicy.com/KSL Insider poll can be heard on KSL Radio every Friday and are published on Utah Policy.com every Monday.