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Immigration Alert: John Jacob forces June primary election by edging Chris Cannon (R) Utah
Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | May 17, 2006 | Glen Warchol and Rebecca Walsh

Posted on 05/17/2006 10:33:23 PM PDT by TheEaglehasLanded

Jacob edges Cannon to force runoff Conventioneers pick Christensen to face Democrat Matheson with a finally 'united' GOP vote By Glen Warchol and Rebecca Walsh The Salt Lake Tribune

SANDY - Illegal immigration was the core issue at the Utah Republican Convention on Saturday that hurled 10-year veteran Congressman Chris Cannon into a June primary election with political novice John Jacob. "Immigration is huge with the delegates," Jacob said after a runoff ballot gave him 52 percent of the vote to Cannon's 48 percent. "Chris Cannon tells them, 'I'm tough on illegal immigration - look at my record.' Well, his record does not show that." Americans want a change, said Jacob, an Eagle Mountain business owner. But they don't want Democrats. "These delegates sent a message to Washington, D.C., that we will replace a Republican with a Republican, if necessary." Cannon, who has survived two previous primaries, defended his stand on immigration, saying any solution will be complicated and nuanced. "I've been working against illegal immigration for 10 years," he told delegates. "We have to turn off the the sound bites and the pretending that there's an easy fix." "Obviously, there's a lot of unhappiness in America with the government, and we are seeing it here," Cannon said, acknowledging convention upset. Related Articles Convention Results Democrats' convention more a rally McCain's cross-country trip stops in Utah

"We had a whole lot of people who didn't show up because they didn't take my opponents seriously." Former U.S. Rep. Merrill Cook, who also was challenging Cannon, was knocked out in the first ballot. Cook exploited Cannon's immigration record, hoping the anti-incumbent mood and his name recognition would put him, instead of Jacob, into a primary. But Cook has a mixed track record with the party as a maverick who has broken to run as an independent. "People can have a long memory," said state Rep. Lorie Fowlke after the vote. National leaders who spoke at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy also confronted the immigration issue. Former Secretary of the Treasury Angela "Bay" Buchanan endorsed Cook, saying Cannon supports open borders and amnesty for undocumented workers. "We are a nation in crisis. Those in Washington have failed us. They have refused to secure the border and refused to enforce the laws of the land," she said. "Look at the incumbent. He's part of the failed leadership." Keynote speaker Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., acknowledged delegates' passion about immigration.

John Jacob, Faces Cannon in runoff (Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune)

"The present system is broken. It's a failed federal policy," he said. "We need a comprehensive approach, but first we have to fix our borders." In Utah's 2nd Congressional District, where the talk was mainly focused on taxes and morals issues, state Rep. LaVar Christensen dispatched opponents Kris Lounsbury and Joe Tucker. He garnered 84 percent of the vote to claim the GOP nomination and the right to take on U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, Utah's lone Democrat in Congress. Christensen spent much of Saturday talking to delegates about his plans to remind voters of the modern Republican party's ideals: lower taxes, traditional marriage, the right to life. During a slick video presentation, he repeatedly linked his political philosophy to that of former President Ronald Reagan. "As Republicans, we will not water down our values," Christensen said. Many in the GOP have blamed expensive in-party primary battles for weakening conservative candidates opposing Matheson. This year, Christensen can bank his cash for a general election campaign. "We've come together," Christensen said. "This is the year the incumbent faces the united Republican Party." In legislative contests, one incumbent Republican state senator will face a primary and a long-time representative will face a challenger in his effort to take over a Senate seat. Draper Sen. Howard Stephenson didn't have the same trouble. In a grudge match with Riverton Rep. Dave Hogue, Stephenson easily overcame his challenger with 77 percent of the delegates' votes. The race was cast as a battle between public-school supporters and private-school voucher advocates. Stephenson, a voucher champion, targeted Hogue in his last run for re-election two years ago. Hogue, with the support of the Utah Education Association, returned the favor this year. Hogue will leave the Legislature at the end of the year. South Weber Sen. Dave Thomas, on the other hand, was not able to dismiss a challenge from Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner. Greiner, who criticized Thomas for not supporting law enforcement, was endorsed by Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. Thomas and Greiner will face off in the primary June 27, with the winner running against former Ogden economic-development director Stuart Reid in November. "Running for office is running for office," said Thomas of the primary. "With caucuses, conventions and primaries, you're running all year long anyway." Seven-term Utah House member David Ure also will face a primary in his campaign to fill retiring Sen. Beverly Evans' seat representing Uintah, Daggett and Duchesne counties, and parts of Summit and Wasatch counties. Ure, a Kamas dairy farmer, spent much of the last month campaigning in the Uintah Basin. And he tried to convince delegates Saturday that his experience in the Legislature would bring immediate results. "I'm the only one who can solve the problems of the district now - not two or three years from now," Ure said. But it wasn't enough to hold off challenger Kevin Van Tassell, a Vernal banker. Another primary race is in store for a Bountiful-based House seat being vacated by Rep. Ann Hardy. Ronald Mortensen, a senior policy analyst for the conservative Sutherland Institute, will face Paul Neuenschwander. In south-central Utah, former state Judge Kay L. McIff and Gordon Topham will face off for the House seat left open by the retirement of Rep. Brad Johnson. But there will be no prolonged GOP fight in west Salt Lake County's District 12, where Christy Achziger knocked off two other challengers, including former Democratic Rep. Dan Tuttle for the nomination. Achziger now goes up against Democratic Sen. Brent Goodfellow of West Valley in November. The intra-party battle also is over in Senate District 24. Current Sen. Darin Peterson, of Nephi, convincingly fended off Republican opponents Jay Collier and Ryan Smith. And in Summit County-based House District 53, former House Speaker Mel Brown's challenger, Dee Putnam withdrew from the race earlier, leaving Brown to face Democrat Laura Bonham.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: cannon; congress; election; jacob; runoff
Support John Jacob in the primary, a pro illegal immigration congressman must be voted out of office for President Bush and these wussy Republicans get the message
1 posted on 05/17/2006 10:33:28 PM PDT by TheEaglehasLanded
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

It's a shame that this didn't happen to Mike DeWine. Or for that matter (looking back into the past), to Arlen Specter.

So close...

Good. I like seeing a few upsets in the primaries.


2 posted on 05/17/2006 10:37:17 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: TheEaglehasLanded
"...a pro illegal immigration congressman must be voted out of office..."

Yes! EVERY single one of them!

3 posted on 05/17/2006 10:39:40 PM PDT by jan in Colorado (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war.))
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Yeeeeehhaaaaaaaaaa!

Out with the old in with the new!

Close the Borders!!!!!!!


4 posted on 05/17/2006 10:43:54 PM PDT by Scribbz (Navy brat and proud! My dad has more stripes on his butt than you do on your arm!)
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To: CheyennePress
If you don't have a real Republican running in your district, you might consider supporting a conservative running against some of the "moderate" leadership.

Like, say, this guy, running in the primary against David Dreier.

Send him a few bucks.  In terms of making your opinion known, a twenty dollar donation is worth about four hundred phone calls to your average RINO representative.
5 posted on 05/17/2006 10:51:20 PM PDT by absalom01 (NRA,CRPA)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Should be an interesting race. I expect though that Rep Tancredo meddling in this race is going to backfire though both in that race and for the reaction of his collegues in the House.


6 posted on 05/17/2006 10:53:31 PM PDT by catholicfreeper (Proud supporter of Pres. Bush and the Gop-- with no caveats, qualifiers, or bitc*en)
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To: catholicfreeper

McCain meddled in this race, and it was Mccain's candidate that came in second.

you think wrong.


7 posted on 05/17/2006 10:59:27 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (Self Admitted BorderBot: Be Heard: Send a Brick: http://www.send-a-brick.com/brick.htm)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Cannon has a 100 ACU rating for the years 2004 and 2005; lifetime rating of 97.

Clearly this is NOT a prime example of the type of Republican to replace in the primary.

Clearly Cannon is a dependable conservative, with a record. He voted FOR House bill 4437. This challenger is an unknown.

Incumbancy means money and name recognition. Unless this challenger has a lot of both, he is doomed.


8 posted on 05/17/2006 10:59:32 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: TheEaglehasLanded; Clintonfatigued

bump & a ping


9 posted on 05/17/2006 11:00:37 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: truth_seeker
If Cannon had all this going or him, how come an "unknown" defeated him 52-48 at the Republican nominating convention?
10 posted on 05/17/2006 11:07:53 PM PDT by isrul
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To: Soul Seeker
Hmmmm, We shall see. Republicans can and should oppose people in the Primary if they wish too. The key is coming together after the race. I am hoping cannon wins but if not I hope his opponent wins the general election.

That being said I do think its inappropriate for a congressman from the same party from a whole other State to give financial support and active backing against a fellow Republican colleague. That is something that should be very discouraged. If Tom Delay was still in the House Leadership Tancredo would have been punished for doing this. I cant think of a time this has happen before.

The way that both Cannon and Tancredo have acted toward each other in public is ridiculous and counter productive to the party as a whole.
11 posted on 05/17/2006 11:23:58 PM PDT by catholicfreeper (Proud supporter of Pres. Bush and the Gop-- with no caveats, qualifiers, or bitc*en)
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To: isrul
"If Cannon had all this going or him, how come an "unknown" defeated him 52-48 at the Republican nominating convention?"

You obviously know all the local details much better than I do. So you know the answer to your own question, and I do not.

These types of efforts usually fail, because of incumbency, name recognition and money disparity.

If the incumbent has perfect ACU ratings, the opponent is grasping at straws to show Cannon is not a good conservative.

That makes it hard for this outsider to see why the convention voted as they did. Often it is local party infighting, other local officeholders jockeying for power, etc.

Whatever happens locally, please don't open the door for a democrat.

12 posted on 05/17/2006 11:33:05 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Voting in the primaries for conservative candidates is a much better way for those disgusted with senate republicans, rather than boycotting the polls.


13 posted on 05/18/2006 3:21:21 AM PDT by GregH
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Forgot about Matheson. I wonder if their is any possibility he could go? Liberal Chet Edwards is running against a much better man in Texas...it would be nice to see Edwards get fluched as well.


14 posted on 05/18/2006 4:38:20 AM PDT by Reagan 76
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To: absalom01

Thanks for the link. A combat veteran decorated for valor. How unusual for a Republican candidate: most of them were too good to serve in any capacity.


15 posted on 05/18/2006 4:43:07 AM PDT by Reagan 76
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

If you would like to contribute to the John Jacob campaign for U.S. Congress, please do so using either of the following methods. Credit Card Over the Phone Call our office at 801-517-9258. Someone will assist you in taking your contribution using a credit or debit card. Mail a Check or Money Order Please make checks payable to: John Jacob Campaign Fund 1500 North Technology Way Building D Orem, UT 84097 .

This is a great way to show the beltway fools we mean business. Please contribute. Just a small amount will show the wide support for stopping illegal aliens we know is out here.


16 posted on 05/18/2006 5:02:19 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (John Spencer: Fighting to save America from Hillary Clinton..)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded
Cannon, who has survived two previous primaries, defended his stand on immigration, saying any solution will be complicated and nuanced.

Oh, Cannon is so dead.

Buh-bye.
17 posted on 05/18/2006 7:11:16 AM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: truth_seeker
"You obviously know all the local details much better than I do. So you know the answer to your own question, and I do not."

Any information I mentioned was in the article. If I knew the answer, I wouldn't have asked the question.

18 posted on 05/18/2006 7:34:54 AM PDT by isrul
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To: Reagan 76

{Forgot about Matheson}

Matheson's district went for Bush by 30+ points over sKerry. It is shameful that a RAT is holding a deep red district hostage. we have that nut case, Merril Cook, to thank for.


19 posted on 05/18/2006 8:59:32 AM PDT by Kuksool
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To: TheEaglehasLanded; NormsRevenge; goldstategop; Utah Girl

If I lived in southern Utah, I would definitely vote for Jacob.

If there are any Freepers who live in Chris Cannon's district, they should get some John Jacob for Congress yard signs.


20 posted on 05/18/2006 9:24:55 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

This is sweet, Cannon is a huge sellout on the immigration issue, give that man his walking papers Utah!


21 posted on 05/18/2006 9:26:44 AM PDT by piceapungens
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To: truth_seeker

Unfortunately, Chris Cannon is not serious about border security.


22 posted on 05/18/2006 9:26:53 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Pardon my repunctuation of your statement:

Support John Jacob in the primary; a pro illegal immigration congressman must be voted out of office for President Bush and these wussy Republicans get the message


23 posted on 05/18/2006 12:22:29 PM PDT by dangus
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To: TheEaglehasLanded
Support John Jacob in the primary.
After all, his name is your name, too!
24 posted on 05/18/2006 12:25:20 PM PDT by Ignatz (Freeper cyborg: "The lay teachers could not make hands of some girls.")
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To: truth_seeker

Chris Cannon is the White House point man for illegal immigration. The ACU does not include Cannon's pro-invasion positions because they reflect the White House. However, if you want to send a HUGE message to the White House to reform its liberal ways, defeating the White House's pro-immivasion point man would cripple the left-wing racialist agenda of the White House.


25 posted on 05/18/2006 12:28:13 PM PDT by dangus
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