Monday, June 25, 2012


My fellow Salt Lake County Republicans:

Please vote in the primary tomorrow.  You can find out where to vote here.

I am a big advocate of voting in general.  I feel like if you don't vote, you don't get to complain about the government for the next four years.  If you can't drag your gut to a polling place every once in a while, you probably don't care much about what happens to your city/state/nation.  That's my opinion.

Specifically, I would like to encourage all of you to vote tomorrow so you can vote against Mike Winder.  Don't get me wrong; I'm sure he's a nice person once you get to know him.  He's certainly very enthusiastic.  He's probably more pro-transit than Crockett.  It may surprise you to learn that other things might influence my vote in an election than the candidates' opinions of transit.

Like the fact that Winder wrote fabricated letters to local newspapers using another man's identity, in order to talk up the things he was doing in West Valley City.  Sorry.  I just can't get past that.
Or the sheer power-hungriness he exhibited at the county convention--walking on the stage with dozens of members of his extended family, with Van Halen playing in the background, texting us in the middle of the voting to remind us that his booth had refreshing bottled water, trying to whip up the crowd into a frenzy long after his time had run out and almost having to be escorted off the stage.  Don't be fooled by the fact that there's a primary. Winder baaaaaaaaaaarely squeaked over the line at the convention, even after all the wooing we'd been subjected to for months.  Who knows what stunts he would try to pull as county mayor in order to further his career and polish his image?  I'd rather not.

By contrast, Crockett seems quite vanilla.  His county mayorship would likely be business as usual.  That has its good and bad parts, but I'll take business as usual over crazy stunts.  And anyway, Crockett was criticized in other candidates' literature for supporting tax increases to fund TRAX.  Needless to say, those candidates lost my vote, and are not in the primary.  I feel okay about Crockett.  I'm really uneasy with Winder.

Someone from his campaign is probably going to find this blog post tonight and write me a comment that says "How do you do, sorry you feel that way, what can we do to change your mind before tomorrow?"  I appreciate the sentiment, but don't bother.  I plan on exercising my voting privileges tomorrow as I see fit, and as I see that our county will best be served.  My opinion is that we'll be better served if Winder is not in county office.


  1. Shady business. Good thing for Winder I don't live there anymore because you convinced me.