Claudia got 45% of the delegate vote to Matheson’s 55% at today’s Democratic State Convention.
My take on the story. Tim DeChristopher raised a bunch o’ money for his legal defense, more than was needed, so he and Julie and Michael Mielke decided to for PeacefulUprising.org (original site) to inspire others to acts of civil disobedience.
Among PeacefulUprising’s many actions over the past year was to meet with Jim Matheson to help him understand the critical nature of the climate energy problem. Jim of course refused to acknowledge them and kind of pissed them off basically.
At first, they did try to work within the State Democratic Party structure to find a candidate. For obvious reasons to anyone who understands the party system, challenging Jim from within the system wasn’t going to happen.
Having little other choice, they ran a Craig’s List ad to recruit someone to run against him.
The next day, DeChristopher anonymously posted a want ad on Craig’s List seeking a progressive candidate with “a strong commitment to defending fundamental human rights over corporate profits.” The ad listed qualifications for Congress and the annual wage of $174,000. Links to the ad floated around Facebook and Twitter, although most interpreted it as a joke. “[The ad] was put up there partly out of frustration,” DeChristopher says. Lafon adds, “This was after we tried to get as many people as we could to run against Rep. Matheson.”
GOP and Democrat conventions are Saturday – Deseret News, May 7, 2010
Democrats have a race, too – Salt Lake Tribune, May 6 2010
McEntee: Challenging Matheson and raising hell – Salt Lake Tribune, May 3 2010
County Dems hold Convention – St. George Spectrum, April 20, 2010
Matheson Challenger Campaigns in St. George – St. George Spectrum, April 19, 2010
Jim Matheson vs. Democrats – Salt Lake City Weekly, March 3, 2010
More later gotta go.