Seniority matters

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This is what I have learned so far from the barrage of television campaign ads:

1. We must re-elect Sen. Orrin Hatch. Seniority matters. It's good for Utah.

2. We must not re-elect Rep. Jim Matheson. In his case, seniority does not matter. It's not good for Utah.

3. Both major party candidates for the 4th Congressional District — Republican Mia Love and Democrat Matheson — are simultaneously the Second Coming and the worst thing since the dawn of creation. Either way, both are lying.

All this is confusing. I am researching alternative candidates. We need fresh faces in the U.S. House and Senate.

And that does not include old-school career politicians, like Hatch, nor handpicked, heavily financed candidates of national party committees. Anyone who can't see that Love is nothing more than a puppet for the Republican National Committee is delusional.

As a lifelong Democrat, I struggle with Matheson, but if we re-elect Hatch because seniority matters, then seniority matters regarding Matheson, too.

Kevin M. Sillito

West Valley City