Parting Words: Governor Herbert Pens Farewell Note to Former Democratic Party ED Matt Lyon

Democratic representation in the Utah Legislature is at an all time low after the 2014 mid-term elections.

Clearly, it’s time for a change. Queue the “retirement” of Matt Lyon, Executive Director of the Utah Democratic Party.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert had sent a letter to congratulate Lyon, wishing him, among other things, all the best in his future endeavors.

“Dear Mr. Lyon,” the letter starts. “Congratulations on your retirement.”

I am pleased to take a moment to recognize your accomplishments as the Executive Director of the Utah Democratic Party during the past four years.

First, given the results of the election last November, I can truly say that I am sad to see you go. I want you to know that I appreciate your loyal position. Senator Jim Dabakis made a wise decision in hiring you. Frankly, the good Senator has not made many more since then.

Chairman Corroon informed me that under you tenure, you escorted the Democratic delegation through the National Convention and brought Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin Johnson, Kathleen Sebelius, and even George Takei to Utah Democratic Party events. Please consider bringing Nancy Pelosi back to Utah, often. The closer to elections, the better.

Seriously, as an avid sportsman, I am aware that having a tough, honest, and able opposition makes all sides stronger. On behalf of the residents of Utah, from all political persuasions, I express appreciation for your hard work to help make Utah a better state.

Best wishes to you and your family in your future endeavors.

Signed, “Sincerely, Gary R. Herbert. Governor.”

Parting Words: Governor Herbert Pens Farewell Note to Former Democratic Party ED Matt LyonLyon made his own parting comments to the party, as well. In an email to the party faithful, he encouraged haters to put their money where their mouth was:

This party won’t run itself.  If you are a fan of me, please consider a donation to help me leave the party in a strong place.  If we butted heads and you’re not a fan…please consider a donation to support the party as it changes direction and help the new ED get started.


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