The Supreme Court has now declined to hear the Utah Republican Party’s appeal of the lawsuit to challenge SB54, which allows candidates a path to get their names on the ballot without being selected as the party candidate at their conventions. It has been said that there is no better example of why SB54 is needed than last year’s election in the 3rd Congressional District. Chris Herrod, an ultra-conservative, beat an outwardly more moderate John Curtis at the convention, but Curtis won easily when all registered Republicans voted in the primary. To those of us who would prefer a more moderate, mainstream candidate, this seemed like good news. But taking a closer look, what exactly makes Curtis more moderate than Herrod? Curtis voting record so far indicates he sides with President Trump over 94 percent of the time, right up there in line with Utah’s other Congressmen, Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart. His record so far is actually more pro Trump than several of Trump’s most ardent supporters. What he says is not as important as what he actually does, so what’s really the difference?

Robert Jennings, Draper