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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

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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.




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