Population frustrated with federal government, lieutenant governor says

Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell stood at the front of the Taggart Student Center Auditorium at USU Thursday morning, prepared to answer student’s questions and discuss the upcoming elections. But as it grew closer to 11 a.m., it became apparent that only a handful of students were going to show, two of which were wearing shirts supporting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Corroon. Bell covered topics from immigration laws to the upcoming gubernatorial race Thursday morning. The event was hosted by the College Republicans.Bell has been lieutenant governor since September 2009. He grew up in Ogden and attended both Weber State University and the University of Utah before practicing law. Bell’s education gave him the “platform on which to build a wonderful life,” he said. More than 50 percent of USU students’ actual cost of education is paid for with public money, so students should spend their time at the university wisely. Bell asked that students complete their education as quickly as possible to free up public funds for other students.A member of the audience Sept. 30 asked Bell for his views on immigration laws in Utah. The government has to be mindful and sensitive when handling the issue, Bell said, but illegal immigration’s impact on the economy needs to be taken into consideration. With the Nov. 2 election around the corner, the public has started paying attention to political races. It’s a “fascinating” political season at the national level, Bell said, because people are unhappy with the federal government. Supporters of Democratic President Barack Obama are losing faith in their candidate, and at the same time Tea Party is becoming tired of traditional Republicans. “Whether it’s on the left or the right, things are on wheels,” Bell said.Citizens are mostly frustrated with the slow pace of economic recovery and the growing federal deficit, Bell said. In this year’s elections, politicians with the best chance of success are “newbies, right of center and even a little Tea Party-ish,” he said. Incumbents are facing a disadvantage in this year’s elections.Republican governor incumbent Gary Herbert will face Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Corroon in the race for Utah’s governor seat. Bell said this campaign has seen some really difficult issues raise by negative campaigning. While Herbert is “extraordinarily accessible” and “basically an icon” in rural Utah, Bell said, Corroon has “seized the moment” and “created a firestorm of interest and activity.”Early voting runs Oct. 19-29, and regular elections will take place Nov. 2. – rachel@cvdaily.com

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