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Letter: Herrod exemplifies politicians who put party first
First Published Mar 16 2014 04:21 pm • Last Updated Mar 16 2014 04:21 pm

I have taken issue before with former Rep. Chris Herrod, notably when he tried to wrest control of money donated by Utah citizens to our local public broadcasting station as a means of controlling a message he viewed as too "liberal" ("Lawmaker wants oversight of KUED’s budget," Tribune, Feb. 17, 2011). I therefore read his recent op-ed piece ("Count My Vote deal undermines liberty," Tribune, March 11) with some attention.

He referred therein more than once to the supposed violation of the "constitutional rights" of political parties, although parties are not mentioned in the Constitution; indeed, many of the Founding Fathers, reflecting a fierce antipathy in some quarters toward party politics in late 18th century Britain, opposed the creation of parties at all in the new United States.

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He also claimed several times that the purpose of the caucuses is to elect party "leaders." Does he need to be told that the purpose of a caucus or primary is to select a candidate who will represent the people, not the party?

Herrod simply reinforces in his op-ed the bane of current politics: The first loyalty of too many candidates is to their party rather than their constituents, their state and their country.

Michele Margetts

Salt Lake City

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