MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE — The campaigning this election cycle has gotten intense at times, particularly on the national level, and for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mitt Romney, it’s gone a bit too far.
“The tone nationally and here at home, particularly in the 4th District, has been more angry and distressful than I’ve seen before,” he said Monday at a stop in Marriott-Slaterville, his last campaign swing through Weber County before Election Day, Tuesday.
Fellow GOPer U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, though, has another, less ominous take. Bishop, seeking his ninth term in the 1st District seat, has campaigned at times with Romney and the pair stumped together Monday at Jeremiah’s, a Marriott-Slaterville restaurant.
For sure, he’s not liked the tone of political discourse, at times, Bishop said.
“But it’s not nearly bad as what I read, especially on cable news channels and in the media,” he said. “There’s a lot more work that’s going on there right now that’s never reported, actually. I expect to continue that.”
Romney is facing Democrat Jenny Wilson and a trio of third-party hopefuls in Tuesday’s voting for the seat Sen. Orrin Hatch will be vacating. Bishop faces Democrat Lee Castillo, Eric Eliason of the United Utah Party and Adam Davis of the Green Party in the race for the 1st District seat, which covers Weber County.
Neither race has reached boiling level, though they’ve had plenty of barbs. But it’s gotten testy in the 4th District U.S. House race that Romney referenced, between Mia Love, the GOP incumbent, and Ben McAdams, the Democratic challenger. And the discourse nationally has been particularly hot.
Romney said change from the heated tone he detects is needed. “The idea from the founders is that we would have disagreements without being vituperative and disagreeable,” he said.
Bishop, meanwhile, expects once elections are over, lawmakers will get down to the business of legislating. He aims to set a positive work agenda, he said.
“But either way, we will still be working and we’ll be reaching across the aisle as we always have,” he said. The notion that lawmakers are constantly at each others’ throats is “a very naive view of what’s going on in Washington. It’s much more nuanced than that.”
Aside from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House races, Weber County residents will be voting in several Utah House races, in a Weber County Commission race and more. They’ll be voting on a range of statewide initiatives and an $87 million bond proposal put forward by the Ogden School District.
For those who haven’t mailed in their ballots and prefer to vote the old-fashioned way, polls open Tuesday in Weber County and across Utah at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. In-person voting in Weber County takes place at the five public libraries, in Ogden, Roy, North Ogden, Huntsville and Washington Terrace, and at the Weber County Fairgrounds exhibit/rec hall. More information is at www.weberelections.com.