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Utah Rep. Cannon ousted in Republican primary
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080625/ap_ ... ah_primary

By BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press Writer Wed Jun 25, 2:00 AM ET

SALT LAKE CITY - U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon, one of the nation's most conservative congressmen, lost his bid for a seventh term Tuesday in a Republican primary that focused on whether he was conservative enough for Utah's 3rd District.
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Cannon was defeated by first-time candidate Jason Chaffetz, a former Brigham Young University football player who served as chief of staff for popular Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman.

The lobbying group American Conservative Union said Cannon was nearly perfect on its issues in 2007, scoring 96 percent. But Chaffetz repeatedly pounded the incumbent, especially on immigration, and pledged to be even more conservative.

With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Chaffetz led 60 percent to 40 percent. Voter turnout was described as low.

"I think we have a mandate to help return the Republican Party to its core conservative principles," he told The Associated Press after Cannon conceded defeat. "People were fed up and we empowered them to become involved and make the changes we need."

Cannon, 57, had no immediate public comment on the election result.

Meanwhile, in Utah's only statewide race, Richard Ellis defeated Mark Walker for the Republican nomination for treasurer. The race was mired by accusations of bribery. Walker repeatedly denied offering Ellis a raise to stay as deputy treasurer and drop out, but the allegation may have stuck with voters.

With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Ellis had nearly 60 percent of the vote.

In the congressional race, Chaffetz, 41, claimed Cannon was soft on immigration, saying his votes amounted to offering amnesty to people in the country illegally.

In 2003, Cannon sponsored a bill that would have allowed states to charge in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.

Rather than deporting all illegal immigrants, Cannon has called for a guest-worker program that doesn't punish businesses and allows immigrants to travel freely across the border.

Chaffetz said he wants the U.S. to deport all illegal immigrants and stop granting automatic citizenship to children born here if their parents aren't legal residents.

He also attracted support in the largely suburban district by saying he wants to abolish the U.S. Education Department and cut a slew of federal programs unless they can prove they're working.

Chaffetz will face Democratic candidate Spencer Bennion, a former television reporter, in the general election. In one of the nation's most conservative districts, the ex-BYU kicker is expected to easily cruise to victory.

Chaffetz said his campaign will be no different this fall and his tough words will remain the same if voters send him to Washington.

"I'm going to tell it like it is. We're in a crisis right now. The budget is out of control, immigration wasn't taken care of, and gas is at $4 a gallon," Chaffetz said. "We need new solutions."

Cannon had hoped his name recognition, a large amount of campaign cash and a pool of more moderate voters would propel him again to the Republican nomination. An endorsement from President Bush, who still remains popular here, was also expected to help, as it did in 2006.

But this year, the political climate was different.

In 2006, Cannon "had a president that was much more popular that came to his aid," said Quin Monson, a BYU political science professor. "You had a Republican Party riding high, controlling Congress and so on, and you had an economy doing better.

"He had all these factors working against him this time," Monson said.

In the treasurer's race, Ellis filed a complaint with the state elections office. Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert, also a Republican, waited until polls closed Tuesday to announce that an investigation into bribery allegations is warranted.

The Utah Attorney General's Office will handle any probe. Herbert said he waited until after the primary election because he didn't want to influence the outcome of the GOP race.
Now I didn't vote in the Republican Primary because I didn't know where my closest polling place was and really couldn't find it online (my bad!!!). So after I heard about this from Rush Limbaugh today on 570AM KNRS (yeah, he talked about it right at the beginning of his broadcast going on right now). I didn't even know who the other runner was and found Jason Chaffetz's website (http://www.jasonforcongress.com/). I looked at his Key Issues (http://www.jasonforcongress.com/page/page/5600154.htm) page and found this under National Security:

Second Amendment. I support the right to own and bear arms as a personal and absolute right. For example, it’s wrong that laws restrict our rights to carry guns in National Parks.
Most interesting... I'm probably going to attend one of his "Ask Jason Anything" and try to get it recorded and see how he measures up.
 

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Yup, I voted for Chaffetz OCing and was asked out of curiousuty what I carried. And I responded that I would like to protect you when you don't have the chance to and was meet with the response to the effect "Good answer, we like you"

I just called the Salt Lake County office of Sherrie and they told me. I voted on the way home :crown:

TJ
 

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Ah, nice, TJ. I should answer that way. :D

I just sent this to Chaffetz:

Dear Mr. Jason Chaffetz,

Congratulations on your nomination to be running as the Congressman for the Utah 3rd District to the House of Representatives. Now the tough questions are coming to be coming your way and they begin right now [don't know why I put it that way but I did]. I am an activist for Second Amendment Rights â€" The Right to Keep and Bear Arms. On your website you list under National Security in Key Issues about the Second Amendment:

Second Amendment. I support the right to own and bear arms as a personal and absolute right. For example, it’s wrong that laws restrict our rights to carry guns in National Parks.

Now, I like how you say that the 2nd Amendment is an absolute right. It is a right that “shall not be infringed” yet departments and branches and even Congress continue to trample on this right. They defend the First Amendment of Freedom of Speech (Adult Porn = Freedom of Speed) but destroy the “right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state” (Utah Constitution, Article 1, Section 6).

Recently Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL) has introduced H.R. 6257: To reinstate the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act (also may be cited as Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2008). What is your position on this on this? If you need to do a little research this bill is listed at:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtex ... =h110-6257

Finally, what are you going to do if elected to the House to change the policy that you cannot carry firearms in National Parks?

I would also like to know your next “Ask Jason Anything” event in the Provo-Orem area because I would like to hear straight from your mouth your position on these two issues stated and general position on the Second Amendment.

Please return an e-mail though as I am interested on your position.

Charles Anthony Hall, "Tony"
http://www.charlesahall.com
We'll see if I get a reply.
 

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I saw this today as well and find it interesting. Hopefully he can win his seat in the final election and will be a light for 2A rights.

I listened to him on Bob Lonsberry debate Cannon and I really believe Cannon lost over the immigration issue.
 
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