Video of Special Utah Breakfast Club Event, Wednesday, October 26, Noon ET/10 a.m. MT
Utah Breakfast Club Event on "Utah and the Presidential Election"
About Drew Clark
- Advocating for Gov. Gary Johnson and Gov. Bill Weld for President and Vice President
- Helping Utah to enhance advantages and confront challenges
- Promoting Better Broadband, Better Lives
A real choice in Gov. Gary Johnson and Gov. Bill Weld
In my Deseret News column of Sunday, May 22, I wrote: "In the election of 2016, might former Gov. Johnson be the best choice to bring prudence and reason to the presidency?" And in my Deseret News column on Sunday, June 5, I discussed what the team of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld means for the Libertarian Party ticket. See "Drew's Blog" for more recent columns.
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 26, 2016 - "Polls May Be Underestimating Evan McMullin's Chances in Utah," read an article Tuesday on the respected election forecasting site fivethirthyeight.com.
The presidential contest in Utah becoming "one of the last cliffhanger results in this race." Against that backdrop, four expert Utahs -- including a GOP elector, two former members of the Utah House of Representatives, and the founder of a non-profit organization, the Alliance for a Better Utah -- will speak to the question of the presidential election at a special Utah Breakfast Club event at Noon ET/10 a.m. MT.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 24, 2016 - Can it be true that the most Republican state in the country is now up for grabs in the 2016 presidential election?
Come see for yourself and hear a panel of expert Utahns discuss their perspectives on this year's contest at a special Utah Breakfast Club event titled "Utah and the Presidential Election."
Currently, GOP candidate Donald Trump is suffering mightily in the Beehive State. The campaigns of Democrat Hillary Clinton, Libertarian Gary Johnson, and independent Evan McMullin are seeking to capitalize on Trump's woes.
Soon after the Billy Bush / Access Hollywood audiotape of Trump became public, the Deseret News - in a nearly unprecedented editorial - called on Trump to resign from his presidential campaign. The Deseret News had also called for the resignation of former President Bill Clinton in 1998.
At a Utah Breakfast Club event at the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday, October 26, former Utah GOP Representatives Jim Nielson and Holly Richardson join with Alliance for a Better Utah Chairman Josh Kanter and GOP Activist and Elector Cherilyn Bacon Eagar to discuss the state of the presidential campaign in the Beehive State.
Please register to attend this FREE event and webcast live from the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
The event will be streamed live at 10 a.m. MT (Noon ET/11 a.m. CT/10 a.m. MT/9 a.m. PT). If you are attending in person, please arrive at the Auditorium of the State Capitol Office Complex by 9:30 or 9:45 a.m. MT.
The event will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the Utah State Capitol Building. The event will be hosted by Drew Clark, founder of the Utah Breakfast Club. Please help spread the word for this FREE event.
- Cherilyn Eagar
Cherilyn has served on political boards, as a state/county delegate and a campaign manager and a citizen lobbyist from the local school board, state legislature, Washington DC and at the U.N. She serves on the late Phyllis Schlafly’s national committee on a variety of national projects including leadership development and candidate recruitment, and constitutional studies.
- Josh Kanter
Josh is chair of the board of the Alliance for a Better Utah, which he founded in 2011. Professionally, he is President of Chicago Investments, Inc. and Vice-President of Windy City, Inc., closely held investment management firms, and counsel to the Chicago law firm Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg, specializing in securities, corporate and real estate law. He is also Vice‑President and a Director of the Kanter Family Foundation.
- Jim Nielson
Jim served for two terms in the Utah State Legislature, five years on Utah’s Architect Licensing Board, and two years on the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s program development task force. In 2015 he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows, a select group of about 3,000 architects nationally on the basic of service to society and the profession with national impact.
- Holly Richardson
Known affectionately as “Holly on the Hill,” Holly writes a blog by the same name. She is a common-sense conservative who has been active in Utah politics for 13 years. She has been active in the Republican Party, including: precinct chair, legislative district chair, county and state delegate, State Central Committee member, and as a member of the Utah House of Representatives.
- Drew Clark, Moderator:
Drew is the founder of the Utah Breakfast Club, a monthly gathering that aims to enhance advantages and confront challenges of life in Utah. A Utah attorney specializing in telecommunications and technology, he is currently also serving as a consultant to the Gary Johnson-Bill Weld presidential campaign. He is on leave from writing his weekly column for the Deseret News, and he previously served as Opinion Editor of the publication.
Politics is about more than policy positions. When electing our president, we also need to choose a candidate who brings character and experience in governance.
Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, and Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, are the only candidates this year that meet all of these necessary qualifications. They are on the ballot in all 50 states. Among independent voters, they are leading in the polls over Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
As a Utahn who believes in common-sense conservative solutions, I’ve noticed a number of my friends express some interest in Provo native Evan McMullin, the former CIA agent who declared his candidacy for president in August. He seems to be a conservative, and his positions are superficially appealing to people of my political background.
But here’s why I’m supporting Johnson, not McMullin: The presidency is about more than one’s positions. Executive experience in government matters, as does honesty. And while Trump and Clinton fail on both of these tests, McMullin fails on experience. He and his newly-named vice-presidential candidate Mindy Finn, a Republican political consultant, don’t have presidential-level credentials.
By contrast, both Johnson and Weld were two-term governors. But that doesn’t mean they came to government via politics, the way Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton did. Johnson was a handyman entrepreneur who grew from a one-man shop to a 1,000-employee construction company in New Mexico. He ran for governor as a political outsider, and won.
The Commission on Presidential Debates has been explicitly organized by the two major political parties to keep viable alternatives — including Libertarian Party candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and running mate Gov. Bill Weld — off the podium.
The CPD may seem like a government agency. It is instead a private charity under 501(c)(3) of the tax code that may not “endorse, support, or oppose political candidates or political parties.”
And yet the CPD endorses the bipartisan system, and it opposes other political parties. When 42 percent of the population tells Gallup that it identifies as independent, that’s a problem.
Today, Johnson and Weld are surging. According to a national Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, the ticket is at 13 percent nationally. That’s within the margin of error for obtaining the CPD’s arbitrary 15 percent threshold for being on the debate stage.
The presidential election is getting so much attention that neighbors are beginning to talk. Here’s how I expect a visit with one of my neighbors — who was also a delegate to our neighboring Republican Party precinct — would transpire:
My neighbor: "Hello and come in, Drew, I've been looking forward to our visit."
Me: "That's very kind of you. How's the family?"
"They're all downstairs. But before I call them up here, I have a question about politics."
"Uh-oh. Sounds serious."
"At the state caucuses in March, we were both elected delegates by our precinct for the Republican Party state convention. We both favor practical, pro-immigration and free-market conservatives. On a national level, now that the Republican Party has nominated Donald Trump, I don’t know what to do. I've been a life-long Republican!"
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