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KSL congratulates Jon Huntsman, Jr. on his election as Governor of Utah. At the same time, we thank Scott Matheson, Jr. for his exemplary contribution to a vigorous discussion throughout the campaign season of the key issues facing Utah.
Above all, we commend both men for running positive, issues oriented campaigns. In this era where vitriolic mud slinging is the unfortunate norm, the “juniors,” as many affectionately came to call them, reminded us that politics doesn’t always have to assume the posture of denigrating verbal warfare.
In debates and other public appearances, civility marked their exchanges. They always took the highroad and remained polite, neither candidate finding a need to disparage the other. Indeed, they proved the adage that one doesn’t have to be disagreeable to disagree. Would that such genuine courtesy and shared respect could become a bit more contagious in the halls of government.
Now Mr. Huntsman has been chosen to govern. As with every victorious politician, he faces the daunting task of somehow getting beyond the rhetoric of the campaign and actually attempting to accomplish some of what he promised.
As candidate Huntsman transitions to his new role as Utah’s 16th governor, KSL, along with all Utahns, wishes him the best. And, of course, we’ll all be watching closely to see how he fares.