SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A new political party launched in Utah is billing itself as a home for disaffected Republicans and Democrats. Kim Bennett, Executive Director of the Utah United Party joined Inside Utah Politics to talk more about the party’s vision and platform.
Chief Political Correspondent Glen Mills opened the discussion by asking Bennett what lead to the launch an entirely new party in the state.
“I was approached by Richard Davis, who is our party chair, and he had been the former chair of the Utah County Democratic Party. He was frustrated by the fact that the Democratic party is no longer competitive in the state of Utah — it’s been over 20 years since they’ve won a statewide race — they’re more interested in making statements than actually winning elections. I’ve been a long-time disaffected Republican, and right before my father passed away, he turned to me in his hospital bed and said ‘are there any Muslims in this hospital?’ And I said, I’m sure there are dad — I thought maybe he was a little confused from his stroke. And he said, ‘I want to go up to every single one of them and apologize on behalf of the Republican party for Donald Trump.’ And this disaffection with the Republican party correlated perfectly with the rise of Trump. And a few months before Trump became the nominee I actually changed my voter registration from republican to unaffiliated .”
Bennett also went on to say that his principles are the same that they’ve always been, but the Republican party has “…become the party of Trump, and the party of Trump believes in things that Republicans didn’t used to believe in.”
Some of the main points Bennett feels will resonate with Utahns are:
Independent Redistricting Commission to avoid gerrymandering
Tighter campaign finance laws
To learn more about the party, click here.