My endorsements in Iron County Republican primaries: Bleak and Hendricks for Commission, Dotson for Attorney, Anderson for Sheriff

In the month leading up to the Iron County Republican Convention, I’ve had the pleasure and duty to meet the various candidates for county offices in the capacity of a county delegate. With the convention completed on Saturday, now comes the time for all registered Republicans to determine who is both best suited to the job and will best represent the party. In this heavily Republican area, the party nominee is all but guaranteed to win in the general election making this decision all the more important. To that end,…

Automatic Endorsement: A “Professional Courtesy” That Needs to End

As former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff headed off to jail Tuesday, I couldn’t help but think of the long list of elected officials that have endorsed their campaigns. In fact, Swallow’s list of endorsements reads like a who’s who of GOP elected officials in Utah. I’m sure a lot of them are left with a very strong sense of buyer’s remorse (some more than others). I think this also underscores a very distasteful cultural practice in party politics: the expectation that elected officials will automatically provide their…