Rob Bishop, in Park City area, predicts GOP wins on Election Day
November 2, 2018
Congressman Rob Bishop, the Republican whose district includes Park City and surrounding Summit County, on Tuesday predicted the GOP will retain control of the House of Representatives on Election Day, making the comment during a rare appearance in the Park City area a week before the end of the campaign.
Bishop made a campaign stop at a private residence in the gated Promontory development, appearing alongside Republican candidates on the state level. The event drew approximately 30 people. He is seeking re-election in the 1st Congressional District against Democrat Lee Castillo and United Utah Party candidate Eric Eliason. Voters have repeatedly re-elected Bishop by wide margins in a district that is considered to be a Republican stronghold. Bishop, though, is not as popular locally as he is elsewhere in the district.
The congressman made the prediction about the partisan makeup of the House of Representatives in response to an audience question. He did not provide a detailed analysis of the politics of the 2018 campaign but indicated there might not be a so-called blue wave of Democratic successes on Election Day as some project. He forecast the Democrats will not perform well enough to wrest control of the lower chamber.
In another notable prediction, Bishop told the audience he anticipates Rep. Mia Love, the Republican incumbent in the state's 4th Congressional District, will fend off a challenge by Democrat Ben McAdams, who is the mayor of Salt Lake County. The 4th Congressional District contest has been the most contentious of the state's congressional campaigns as the Democrats attempt to take a seat in the heavily Republican state. Bishop did not provide a detailed analysis of the Love-McAdams campaign.
Bishop, meanwhile, spoke about the partisan nature of Washington, D.C., describing the capital as always having been a politically charged place. He said partisanship, though, is "overemphasized." Bishop said the House Committee on Natural Resources, which he chairs, forwards bills at a high rate, including those sponsored by Democrats.
"There's a lot more work going on than people think," he said.
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Bishop also briefly addressed the administration of President Trump, saying most of the president's polices are positive. He said he would object if the president relied on executive decisions to move forward with his agenda. Bishop said he would tell the president directly if he is concerned with a White House policy.
Bishop's appearance highlighted the event, but the gathering also provided a platform for other Republicans on the ballot locally. Rep. Tim Quinn, the incumbent in District 54 of the House of Representatives, talked about strengthening the rights of owners of private property and a child tax credit. Quinn's district stretches through parts of Summit County and Wasatch County, including Park City. Rep. Logan Wilde, the incumbent legislator in District 53 of the House of Representatives, outlined his opposition to a statewide ballot measure that, if approved, would create an independent commission for redistricting. He said such a commission would not remove the partisanship of the redrawing of legislative boundaries every 10 years. Wilde's district covers an expansive tract of the state covering parts of five counties, including the East Side of Summit County and parts of the Snyderville Basin.
Rob Anderson, the chair of the Utah Republican Party, attended the event on Tuesday, highlighting the interest of the state GOP apparatus in the campaigns. His appearance was notable in a county where there is not a Republican candidate in the County Courthouse contests. Anderson said he is unsure what impact the blank GOP slate will have on the performance of the rest of the Republicans on the ballot in Summit County — those in the state and congressional contests. Anderson said, though, Republican Mitt Romney's campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, the "Mitt effect," according to the party chairman, and ballot measures will draw Republicans to turn out.