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Must Be Mormon

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By Katharine Biele
Posted // April 18,2012 -

Miss_1.jpgMust Be Mormon
Not to diminish the candidacy of boy wonder Ben McAdams, but when are Democrats going to get off the Mormon bandwagon? It was 2002 when BYU professor David Magleby pronounced what has become known as the “Magleby profile.” His research showed that the perfect Democratic candidate in Utah had to be white, male and Mormon. So, Democrats chose Dave Thomas for their congressional candidate in 2002. He was an LDS bishop and had those other credentials. Remember him? Probably only U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop does, because he creamed Thomas. Meanwhile, the hunt went on, and the closest Democrats have come is Jim Matheson. Well, now McAdams has taken on the Magleby Mormon mantle. If he wins, should we assume only Mormon voters count?

Miss_1.jpgScandal Sheet
Try getting through the Jewel Skousen/Rick Koerber story in The Salt Lake Tribune. It has all the elements—white-collar crime, polygamy, revenge, jealousy and, finally, name recognition. Skousen is the granddaughter of Cleon Skousen, the darling of the extreme right wing, but didn’t adopt his name until after she started working with Koerber on his FreeCapitalist radio show, to be identified with Gramps. She didn’t take Koerber’s name when they married in 2009, despite standing firm that he’s innocent of running one of the biggest Ponzi scheme sin Utah history. And she’s not saying if she was willing to try out polygamy in Koerber’s pre-divorce days, despite the ex-Mrs. Koerber’s Internet ramblings. Confused? Imagine how Francine Giani, head of the Department of Commerce, feels. She’s the target of Skousen’s wrath and political aspirations since she sic’d the FBI on Koerber.

Hit_1.jpgWay to Be Supportive
It’s hard to say whether this is a hit or miss, but Matthew David Stewart has developed a following. These are people who rightly see the war on drugs as counterproductive and violence-prone. Indeed, the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force saw an opportunity to make macho and took it when they stormed Stewart’s home on the belief that he was growing and selling marijuana. This, of course, led to the tragic gun battle that ended in an officer’s death. No one wants to minimize the killing of an officer doing his duty, and news since the shooting has tended to heap suspicion and loathing on Stewart. No, he wasn’t exactly a saint. But the question is whether he was dangerous enough to warrant the massive assault on his home.

Twitter: @KathyBiele

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Posted // April 19,2012 at 12:50

You're absolutely right.  Democrats in Utah should take their secret hostility towards Mormon's public.  Herein lies the secret to electoral success in Utah!


Posted // April 19,2012 at 00:49

Please stop letting this person represent the views of City Weekly, a paper I otherwise enjoy.

It's really rather incredible how Biele never fails to completely misrepresent and misunderstand the three subjects SHE HANDPICKS in less than 150 words.

That is quite a talent, but take it to the carnival.


Posted // April 18,2012 at 21:28

As a hispanic who watched the two Dem candidates for SL County mayor closely, I think it's foolish to assume McAdams won because he was white and Mormon.  In fact I'd say that shows you're a bit out of your league on that one.  Romero was my original choice but his campaign was gawd awful.  His convention speech was more about McAdams than himself, and he seemed most of the time indignant he even had a challenger, which is something I personally believe is healthy for politics.  My point I guess is that McAdams probably won because he won a better campaign.  I wish you would stick to commenting on items you were actually paying attention to.  Normally I love your hits and misses, but with this one you're your own miss.


Posted // April 18,2012 at 15:20

So are you saying Mormons are NOT welcome in the democratic party?