Monday, August 17, 2009

No Jowers for Gov in 2010

Posted By on August 17, 2009, 3:11 PM

AP recently reported Kirk Jowers, Director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, says he won’t run for governor in 2010. Boo.---

Yet if there is a silver lining it’s that Jowers hasn’t ruled out getting gubernatorial in 2012. Which in today’s political world, committing now to a maybe in 2012, is hopefully a yes in 2012.

We’ll see, apparently Jowers sees a formidable opponent in Herbert, one that will probably take a little more prep time to unseat.

Jowers, while perhaps not the most danger contender in 2010 would still be one hell of a governor. Jowers has been symbolically and in some senses literally the voice of ethics reform in state government for years. He’s been a proponent of sensible campaign finance reform and fair electoral boundaries back before it was even cool.

I guess being the political guru he is Jowers knows why now is not the time. He says Herbert is a serious opponent and he’s right. And Jowers would know, being an expert on the effect of big money on campaign races, that he’s going to need to raise more cash to wage a good campaign.

Waiting till 2012 will give him the chance to start raising that dinero. And hell it couldn’t hurt to ride the Romney train, if Mitt happens to be the GOP’s presidential contender in 2012. If that’s the case, a Jowers-Romney ticket could seriously cash in on the Romney name.

Kirk’s prospective Lt. Guv, Josh Romney, happens to be Kirk’s longtime friend as well Mitt’s son. Having any peripheral connect to Mitt means the duo could probably pick up some collateral cash from the Mormon Money Machine that so richly fed Mitt’s 2008 race. Even if Mitt doesn’t get his party’s nod, he’ll still be raking in cash and giving publicity to the Jowers-Romney ticket here in fair Zion.

The year 2012 will be an interesting year for politics and according to the Mayan calendar Dec 21 2012 will also be the end of the world as we know it. That should be interesting too, and luckily it’s after Nov. 4, so it shouldn’t interrupt the elections of those who will govern us in the Latter Days.

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