Buzz: Rep. Francis Gibson urges legislators “not to start leadership” races, yet

With Rep. Don Ipson’s kick-off of the leadership race in the Utah House of Representatives yesterday, some are wondering if it’s a bit premature.

Francis Gibson

Rep. Francis Gibson (R, Mapleton)

In an email to his colleagues in the House, Rep. Frances Gibson asked: “Do we really want to start leadership races now?”

After expressing his appreciation for the work done by his colleagues as a body, the long few weeks through the convention cycle, and that there is some who may be weary of being asked to take sides against friends in leadership elections, Gibson called from some restraint before the leadership elections.

In my opinion we would be wise to slow down and lets figure out who we will be serving with as a whole body and help those who need help in their races.  Then let’s see who all the candidates may be for leadership then begin the process. [sic]


Read the full email below.

From: Francis Gibson
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:29 PM
To: LH REPUBLICANS
Subject: Leadership Races

Dear Friends

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all you do and have done as a legislative body.  I also wanted to congratulate many of you who have secured your nomination this past weekend at your county conventions.  This has been a long three weeks for many,  campainging and meeting delegates multiple times.  After a while they do not want to be bothered because we have been in their faces so frequently by mail,phone,or in person.  The delegates like all of you were just tired and could not wait till the convention to get a normal life back.

This being said for those of us who were fortunate to have the nomination process over last week , it is not the case for all of our colleagues.  There are several of our colleagues who are having to compete in the Primaries to be held in several counties across the state in June.  Furthermore we still have the state convention coming up in a little more than a week where many other of our colleagues will face opponents in their House districts.   These are tough times and require a lot of tough hard work to be done.

I know that “all of us” like the delegates we have spoken with for their support will grow tired of being asked “who are you supporting?” and having others who support us say “that you should support this person because of ____”,  “will you be on my team” , “I need you to support me” etc…  I ran for leadership two years ago and as a non leadership candidate seen the leadership campaigns a few times also.  This is the toughest thing we do every two years.  We are asked to support friends for leadership races and vote against friends in leadership races.   We all have different views on who we would like to see and who we would prefer to not see in leadership.

However,  In my mind we serve with great people in the legislature and people trying to make the world a better place according from their point of view.  We still have many important interim sessions to attend and a big potential special session looming that will deal with Medicaid expansion.  There are 7 months away from the leadership vote.  That is a lot of time for phone calls and visits.  Will we,  like the delegates get tired of seeing each other and always wonder when someone says “Hello” or offers assistance that we minimize the sincerity of the gesture and say to our selves or tell others “He or She is running for leadership and that’s why they are friendly”.  I want to have good relationships with all of you that I serve with and want to genuinely help where I can without ulterior motives being thought of.

I think out of respect to everyone who has yet to be elected as the nominee for their district and with much work to do by many in their districts I ask this “Do we really want to start leadership races now?”  I respect those who have made their announcements and I know they are good people.  I also know that there may be others who would like to run for a leadership post.  In my opinion we would be wise to slow down and lets figure out who we will be serving with as a whole body and help those who need help in their races.  Then let’s see who all the candidates may be for leadership then begin the process.  Lets face it do we really not know someone who may be running for leadership?

Have a great Easter Weekend and may we remember what this weekend is about.

Sincerely

Francis

The opinions expressed in the above post are those of the author alone.