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“I’m a six-generation Utahn, and I feel like I know folks here really well,” the Blue Dog Democrat said by phone Monday. “I think they have frustration with politics today because of all the polarization and partisanship and the bickering. They’re looking for something different, and that’s me. I don’t just say it, I’ve done it.”
Matheson said Love has “taken some positions that are way out there,” and state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis called Love an “ideological extremist with a moderate costume.” Though she doesn’t have a record in the state capital, Democrats will no doubt highlight some of her votes on the city council over the next six months.
For now, Love has the advantage of focusing on Matheson rather than spending the next two months running a district-wide primary campaign.
“My guess is she’ll be in Washington before too long raising some money,” Hartley said.