Utah: No Joshing: Romney’s Son Eyes Matheson Seat

Posted February 25, 2008 at 6:43pm

Rep. Jim Matheson (D) could face a high-profile Republican challenge this November from the son of former Massachusetts Gov. — and one-time Republican presidential frontrunner — Mitt Romney, according to an article published Monday in the Deseret Morning News.

“I haven’t ruled it out,” Josh Romney, who lives in Utah, said of a Congressional run. “I’m pretty young, but I’ve had good experience on the campaign trail.”

Josh Romney, who crisscrossed the state of Iowa during his father’s presidential campaign, said he has been approached about the possibility of taking on Matheson. While Mitt Romney eventually lost in Iowa in January, the Mormon candidate swept the overwhelmingly Mormon state of Utah in its Republican primary earlier this month.

In a ruby-red state like Utah, Matheson always faces the potential of a serious challenge. However, the four-term Member steadily has pulled away from his Republican challengers over the past two cycles, most recently winning his 2006 race by almost 50,000 votes.
— John McArdle