Making An Impact In The Cannon Vs. Jacob Race Via The Salt Lake Tribune
“Utah Republican Party Chairman Joe Cannon says he’s trying to stay neutral in his brother Rep. Chris Cannon’s primary battle, but it didn’t come across that way in comments he posted online last weekend questioning his brother’s challenger.
Cannon appeared to poke all the vulnerable spots in the campaign of John Jacob, commenting on allegations involving his employment of people with questionable immigration status and his published remarks blaming Satan for his campaign’s financial problems. Joe Cannon starts off his post noting Jacob’s “obvious problems.”
“In your interview with Jacob did you ask him why he supports a ‘Disneyland day pass’ approach to illegal aliens? This approach is worse than any amnesty proposal,” Joe Cannon wrote on the conservative Web site, Humanevents online.com.
Joe Cannon also raised questions about Jacob paying under the table a Chilean couple here on non-work visas and through a company created to possibly skirt immigration and tax laws.
The party official – who is barred by party rules from picking sides in an intraparty race – was responding to a blog post by a user named John Hawkins, who complained that Joe Cannon, a member of the board of directors of the Deseret Morning News, may have had something to do with a story in that newspaper about Jacob’s past gambling. The newspaper ran an editor’s note disclosing Joe Cannon’s position.
“Draw your own conclusions,” Hawkins wrote. “I’ve interviewed Jacob and I’d love to see him replace Cannon, so we can get rid of one more guy in the House who shares Ted Kennedy’s views on illegal immigration.”
In a post after Hawkins, Joe Cannon says that “to blame all of your business failures on the devil is also not typical of believers . . .. Personal responsibility is a hallmark of Republican philosophy.”
Joe Cannon said Monday that Hawkins “ripped me,” and “it really made me mad,” and he felt he needed to respond.”
On the one hand, I’m not going to be getting any bouquets from the Utah Republican Party any time soon and if Chris Cannon wins, I have a feeling he’s not going to be giving me any interviews or inviting me to any teleconferences.
On the other hand, this appeared in a Utah paper on the day of the Jacob vs. Cannon primary, so it could tilt some people towards the candidate I support, John Jacob, in what is expected to be a very tight race that could have national implications.
On balance, it seems like a worthwhile trade-off.
Update #1: Jacob is getting absolutely murdered early. With 13% of the vote counted, it’s 59.8% for Cannon and 40.2% for Jacob. That’s not encouraging…
Update #2: It looks really bad for Jacob at this point. With 39.81% voting, he’s losing 57.55% to 42.45%. Unfortunately, it doesn’t even look like it’s going to be close.