Elections, team players and old friends
It has been said that a good politician is a person who has something for everyone.
For some however, they just don't have enough.
I watched as tears came to some of the eyes in the audience at the Carbon CountyChamber luncheon at the Holiday Inn last Thursday. Those tears came over the loss of what many in the county consider a good friend to the area, Bob Bennett.
Now I have never personally been big on Bennett. I interviewed him a few years ago while he was here for one of the Rural Economic Summits and I felt like every question I asked him was either glazed over or avoided. And in the past his politics had been a little to far right for me. However in recent years either I moved more toward what he was thinking or he moved my way, but I found myself agreeing with him on many things. Maybe I was just gaining "political maturity."
As I have worked at this newspaper I have found something I didn't know before I did so. A politician's position is more to an area than just the one person that they are. This is because they as individuals are often represented by others in the local area.
The tears in the audience that day came to peoples eyes because Donna Sackett, the sitting Senator's representative in the eastern Utah area spoke and told us all how much she and the Senator had appreciated Carbon County and how much we meant to them. She said we had a special thing going in our part of the state; that we were able to bond and blend together to get things done better than any other group she had worked with during her time in the Senators employ. She said she was happy about having worked with us, and sad in having to go.
Her remarks weren't just about the job, but about relationships she had built over the years with people in our area.
Bennett of course is out of the running because he was defeated in the Republican convention last summer by two much more conservative candidates, one of which is now running as his party's nominee. How the Mike Lee/Sam Granato election result will turn out, many say they know. But until the votes come in, no one can really be sure.
I have never liked the fact that one party dominates politics in this state, or at least since the 1970s it has. I believe good government comes from a diversity of opinion that ends up creating compromise. That particular attitude about overall governance however, has little to do with the individuals that reside in various offices. I can see a lot of fault with both sides of the aisle and even with the third party candidates whose supporters have been inundating my office with letters this fall complaining that they are not getting a fair shake in debates, exposure or news stories.
But there are people on both sides of the aisle that I really like, that I trust and believe want to do the right things for the people. There are also some that are so self-absorbed by their life style and persuasions that they could never make a good decision for the American people.
Sackett became Bennett's familiar face in our area., supplying answers to questions, and often solutions to problems. She has been a joy to work with both from the point of view of those who were organizing things and the media. I believe she was part of why Bennett chose Carbon County for so many of his Rural Business Conferences. While I don't know for sure, I am guessing her influence had a lot to do with those conferences being here, as well as their success.
What will happen in the future with a new Senator in place is anyone's guess.
Let's just hope whoever it is, they have someone like Donna to represent them and work with our area.