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Matheson running against a "crazy person," Eskelsen says

Published September 4, 2012 8:28 am

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Democrats took aim at Mia Love, the Republican running against Rep. Jim Matheson, during the breakfast gathering of Utah delegates to the national convention.

The toughest shot came from Lily Eskelsen, the vice president of the National Education Association and a Utahn who ran for Congress in 1998 but lost.

"I ran against Merrill Cook. You would think that it would help that you were running against a crazy person," Eskelsen said. "As Jim Matheson is finding out that doesn't necessarily disqualify a candidate."

The Utah delegation also heard from former basketball star Kevin Johnson, who is now the mayor of Sacramento. A charismatic speaker, he had the Utah group fired up, telling them who would take the convention stage Tuesday night.

He mentioned Julian Castro, the San Antonio mayor, who is giving the keynote address and first lady Michelle Obama, then he said: "I'm proud to say I'm a big fan of this lady, I only met her about a week ago but she will not be speaking. Mia Love will not be speaking. We are not letting her get on the podium."

Matheson has never been to a Democratic convention and he isn't in Charlotte this week, neither are any of his campaign staff or volunteers.

— Matt Canham

Twitter: @mattcanham