Archive for category Peter Corroon
There used to be a time when civil servants went out of their way to avoid ANY appearance of impropriety.
But this begs an interesting question – Is Governor Herbert inept or corrupt? link
Here’s what I know; after almost two terms, were there EVER ANY appearance of influence or corruption in the Corroon Mayoral Administration, you’d have heard about it.
Both my predeliction as well as my instinct tell me, no contest. If we elect Peter Corroon, Utah WINS BIG!
PLEASE help make the unimaginable happen!
The Mansion is NOT For Sale Rally tomorrow is designed to flesh out the facts.
I found the article from the Trib about Herbert’s lead fascinating for all kinds of reasons.
Let’s start with the issue of taxes:
And Herbert has taken a hard line on taxes, insisting the state can balance its bleeding budget without an increase. Corroon, on the other hand, chose to raise property taxes to help balance a 2010 ledger that also whacked spending by $142 million, shrunk the size of the county’s work force and imposed a new police fee on unincorporated burbs such as Magna, Millcreek and Kearns.
Those issues could make a difference.
“To tell you the absolute truth, I am angry,” said Sharon Hatch, a poll respondent from Spanish Fork. “We are dinged here and dinged there. Everywhere you turn, there is a new tax.”
Hatch plans to vote for Herbert, whom she believes will be less likely to burden her with another tax.
Sharon Hatch lives in Spanish Fork, in Utah County, one of the most Republican Counties in the nation so chances are better than good that all her local taxes have been implemented by Republicans. Her state legislature has been controlled by a Republican majority since the 1978 election. The last Democratic governor of Utah left office in January 1985, 25 years ago. She’s angry about taxes, she lives in the most Republican county in the state and she somehow thinks a Republican is going to fix her tax issues. Read the rest of this entry »
You have to ask yourself – what do you want in an elected official?
Curtis at Blue In Red Zion described it this way:
Not only was Corroon listening, he is actively engaged. I find his subtleties the most telling part of his governing style – things I always suspected, but never got the chance to see: sharing his chips, telling of jokes about past parades, the relaxed but confident way he asks for our assistance, and how he admitted that he practiced his opening speech about 10 times the night before. All of these things point to his commitment to not only the job of running the state, but that he is a real and honest person that truly feels he can make a difference.
I first met Peter Corroon in 2004 when he was running for County Mayor. I was a volunteer with another campaign (Paul Van Dam’s senate campaign) and what impressed me about Peter Corroon then was the sense of centeredness he exuded – he knows his values, he’s comfortable with them, and he can listen to people around him, hear what they’re saying without feeling or needing to be defensive. For a while, it seemed that every campaign event I attended, I ran in Peter Corroon. By election day, it was easy to vote for him for County Mayor.
As he runs for governor, Peter Corroon is clearly approaching the job in a very practical way. Who do you talk to? What do you learn from them? What works and how do you reach the voters? The battle of ideas is between the pragmatic Corroon and the ideologue Herbert.
Corroon has some challenges – I fully expect Herbert will engage in a full-fledged “God, Guns and Gays” campaign and pull out all the stops and engage in a right identity politics campaign (he’s going to have little choice – I don’t think Herbert is very popular among Republicans – he has to rally his base). At some point, the Corroon folks are going to have to figure out how to tackle glbt issues, abortion, public education and sex education (all of which will be unavoidable during the legislative session). Taxation is a tough needle to thread in Utah – frankly I expect Herbert to attack Corroon endlessly – but that gives an opening to talk about fiscal responsiblity – actually finding ways to pay for government services. Ultimately, despite the Corroon campaign wanting to avoid it, I think they’re going to have to find a way to tackle the issue of religious identity; Herbert will bring up issues that serve as surrogates for the Mormon non-Mormon divide in Utah – alcohol laws chief among them – and try to tar Corroon as some sort of interloper, an outsider who is threat to Utah’s cultural identity and by extension to Mormonism (expect Corroon to be called on to defend the Obama administration on several ocassions as well).
The Corroon campaign seems to be thinking in very smart ways – building a statewide operation, connecting with the party base (which I think is harder than it needs to be because Matheson has done a poor job of building that base). That statewide operation will help shift politics in Utah back toward the center – closer to where actual Utah voters reside (our state’s elected Republicans are more conservative than most Utahns – it remains a perennial challenge).
Utah’s legislature and leaders are not representative of Utah’s voters and that needs to change. Governor Peter Corroon would be a huge and important step toward taht change.
Update: Event Photos by me. As you will see from the photos, the reason Corroon will compete is because he is NOT a self-serving power hungry rich guy. The reason he will win is because Utah LOVES (and needs) Amy Corroon!
Please join us this morning for Peter Corroon’s announcement!
Be sure to meet his better half and future first lady of Utah, Amy Corroon (I know Mary Kay would endorse her if she could)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 (TODAY!) 9:30 a.m.
Salt Lake Community College South Campus – West Steps 1575 South State Street Salt Lake City, Utah Map
12:30 p.m. Ogden Municipal Building 2549 Washington Blvd Ogden, Utah Map
6:30 p.m. Ancestor Square 2 West St. George Blvd. St. George, Utah Map
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
9:30 a.m. Provo City Library 550 N University Avenue Provo, Utah Map