Rob Bishop, GOP congressman, plans to stump in Summit County |

Rob Bishop, GOP congressman, plans to stump in Summit County

Congressman Rob Bishop is set to appear on Tuesday at a campaign event in Summit County.
Courtesy of Rob Bishop

Congressman Rob Bishop is scheduled to attend a candidate event in Summit County on Tuesday, a rare appearance by the Republican in a part of the 1st Congressional District where he has not proven as popular over the years as he is elsewhere.

Bishop is campaigning for re-election against Democrat Lee Castillo and Eric Eliason, a United Utah Party candidate. Castillo and Eliason have each made local appearances during the campaign.

Bishop has easily dispatched competitors throughout his congressional career, and he is expected to win by a wide margin again on Election Day in the conservative 1st Congressional District. Democratic-leaning Park City and surrounding Summit County are seen as political outliers in the district.

Brantley Eason, the chair of the Summit County Republican Party, said the local GOP has wanted Bishop to appear in Summit County since the start of the campaign. Eason said Bishop is expected to offer brief remarks and then field questions from the audience.

He said the congressman could discuss issues related to public lands, one of the topics that is seen as a divide between the policies supported by Bishop and the desires of Parkites. Critics have long argued Bishop sides with industry in issues related to public lands, while the congressman contends his stands balance the desires of industry against recreationists and environmentalists.

Eason also said Bishop could address the atmosphere in Washington, D.C.

Bishop has long been criticized by many people in the Park City area for his stands on public lands issues. Park City and surrounding Summit County, though, represent a small portion of the voting population of the 1st Congressional District. He most recently won Summit County on Election Day in 2010, holding off Democrat Morgan Bowen locally. Bishop’s popularity in more conservative parts of the district, which stretches across a wide swath of northern Utah, has led to a series of lopsided victories.

Two Republican state legislators whose districts cover parts of Summit County are scheduled to appear alongside the congressman. Rep. Tim Quinn, whose District 54 includes Park City, and Rep. Logan Wilde, whose District 53 covers the East Side of Summit County, are expected to attend as their re-election bids reach the final days of the campaign.

The Bishop appearance will be at least the third in Summit County by a congressional-level Republican candidate since the summer. Senate hopeful Mitt Romney held a rally in Kamas in June, just before he won the GOP nomination for the seat that will be vacated with the pending retirement of Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch. Romney also appeared at a September campaign event in the Snyderville Basin alongside a handful of GOP Statehouse hopefuls.

The Bishop campaign did not provide details about the congressman’s anticipated remarks, saying Bishop looks forward to appearing with other Republicans that are on the ballot. Quinn and Wilde are freshmen legislators who are seeking re-election for the first time. The campaign between Quinn and Democrat Meaghan Miller is especially notable locally since the Democrats in Park City and in Wasatch County see the possibility of ousting a Republican early in a legislative career.

The event on Tuesday is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Tomlinson home, 2195 Saddlehorn Drive, in Promontory. The Summit County Republican Party said space is limited. The Republican Party requests people RSVP at:

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