Skip to comments.Congressman Chris Cannon: "Loose Cannon in Utah"
Posted on 06/22/2004 7:16:16 AM PDT by Theodore R.
Loose Cannon in Utah by James R. Edwards, Jr. Posted Jun 22, 2004
Congressman Chris Cannon of Utah apparently is in real danger of losing his seat in Congress, and apparently thats causing him to employ extreme measures.
Cannon faces serious GOP primary opposition from former state legislator Matt Throckmorton. In the Republican state convention, Throckmorton forced Cannon into a primary election happening today. Throckmorton hammered Cannons mass immigration stance, as well as his support for the controversial No Child Left Behind education law.
Throckmorton, a solid conservative who is 100 percent pro-life and for enforcing immigration laws, has found an easy target because of Cannons immigration stance (Americans for Better Immigration grade: D).
In Congress, Cannon is the chief sponsor of prominent amnesty legislation. H.R. 1684 would grant illegal aliens amnesty and in-state tuition to American colleges, while H.R. 3142 would legalize up to 3 million illegal aliens working in agriculture and their relatives.
To reverse his political odds heading into the primary, Cannon aide Marco Diaz said on Spanish-language radio May 22 that illegal aliens should give U.S. citizens money to donate to Cannons campaign. According to the Deseret Morning News, the aide solicited political donations from illegal aliens -- even though foreign nationals are prohibited by law from making such political contributions and soliciting foreign donations is illegal. Cannon has claimed that later in the program he clarified that illegal aliens may not make such donations, though a partial transcript does not confirm that claim.
Also, Cannon operatives may have repeatedly cast votes in an on-line poll on the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News websites. According to ProjectUSA, the polls logfiles showed hundreds of votes coming from two computers, voting for Cannon over Throckmorton regarding truthfulness on the amnesty issue over several days. One of the computers, that of Cannons district director Dee Dee Rose, is registered with the house.gov domain name.
Throckmorton has caught Cannon in denial that his legislation is amnesty. By plain language, the bills would grant legal status to aliens violating U.S. immigration laws. The agricultural amnesty bill would reward illegal aliens with the very jobs they are breaking the law by holding. Yet, Cannon has continuously sought to parse the definition of amnesty in a way that excuses his legislation from being labeled as such.
In addition, Cannon has engaged in a smear campaign against mainstream immigration groups. He has tried to paint reformers as front groups for proabortionists by compiling an array of snippets and innuendoes that he publicized in a March 24 press release.
Cannon attacked two groups in a March hearing of the House Immigration Subcommittee. The heads of the Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA, who were testifying before the subcommittee, stated flat-out that their groups do not take positions on life issues and focus solely on immigration. Neither organization nor their heads advocates coercive population control policies, sterilization, abortion, eugenics or euthanasia, as Cannon implied. Yet, Cannon has not retracted his guilt-by-association-based charges.
Cannons own ties to anti-life groups are a lot clearer, more recent and more intimate than any of those of his victims at the hearing.
For example, open-borders advocacy groups aggressively backing Cannons AGJOBS amnesty bill as part of a coalition include groups such as People for the American Way that are on the record as favoring abortion. PAW openly advocates for death-to-the-unborn policies and the eradication of religion from the public square.
PAW -- along with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund and other, extremely liberal advocacy organizations -- filed an amicus brief in the Massachusetts case seeking to destroy traditional marriage via judicial fiat.
While today will show Cannons fate, the Republican who wins that nomination in Utahs third congressional district will likely win in November. After four terms of a mixed record and Cannons conduct in this campaign, voters may decide its time for a change.
Mr. Edwards, coauthor of The Congressional Politics of Immigration Reform, is a Republican consultant based in Washington, D.C.
Even a Democrat would be better than Chris Cannon in the House.
Hey, I resent the use of my name with that POS Cris Cannon. I wonder if I can sue on grounds of emotional distress and pain & suffering?
Ping for sharing with Colorado Freepers. Pass the word to get out and vote this POS out.
What is it about Utah Republicans?
Chris Cannon, Orrin Hatch... where do they get their ideas?
I just checked the Salt Lake City Tribune site, and Cannon is emerging as a BIG WINNER. I guess Utahans like Cannon and Orrin G. Hatch too.