Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Op-ed: Utah caucus system is like corruped Teamsters Union

By frank c. gilmore

First Published Mar 15 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 15 2014 01:01 am

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

In September 1945, following my release from active duty at World War II’s end, I hired on as a truck driver for a large construction company. It was a "closed shop" so I had to join the teamsters union to keep my job.

The union offices were located in Riverside, Calif. Riverside County is about the third largest (geographically) in the U.S. As new members we were required to attend four of the first five monthly county meetings to remain in the union. It was 40 miles to the meetings.

The teamsters union in Riverside County was corrupt and very powerful. The meetings were long, loud and trivial until most of the drivers had left, and then when the handpicked few were in the majority, they passed all sorts of slanted and power-grabbing resolutions.

In 1973 my wife and I settled here in Canyon Rim where we were to retire. We were both active Republican folks. Five years later we both dropped all interest in the Republican Party and became independents.

The neighborhood Republican caucuses we attended were run just like the Teamsters Union county meetings had been run decades earlier. Then just a few heartbeats back, the "packed" neighborhood caucuses put Mike Lee on the ballot and rejected the incumbent. The tea party got what it wanted, but the state got a "dog-in-the-manger" instead of a senator who represents the majority of the citizens.

We got a leader we can be ashamed of, and Utah County Republicans have a leader who calls those who ran Count My Votes "dishonest." Wow.

Frank C. Gilmore is retired and lives in Salt Lake City.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.