Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Conservative Republican Activist Cherilyn Eagar Forms Exploratory Committee For Campaign Against Utah Senator Bob Bennett
The field of Republican challengers for U.S. Senator Bob Bennett's seat, already fleshed out with Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Tim Bridgewater, is about to get more crowded. Longtime conservative activist Cherilyn Eagar announced on June 1st, 2009 that she's forming an exploratory committee as a first step towards a possible campaign against Bennett. She told KSL Channel 5 that she'll be focusing on identifying the fundraisers and potential supporters she'll need for a campaign. Also reported by RollCall.
Update: On June 11th, Eagar took the next step and filed the formal paperwork making her an official candidate. New official campaign website as follows:
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Eagar said, "Gulliver has been tied down by socialist gnomes for many years, but he's starting to wake up. We have a great opportunity here to represent not only conservatives but those who, across the board, have been disenfranchised."
On her older ViewsAndValues website, Eagar acknowledges that Bob Bennett has worked hard, has had good intentions and deserves gratitude for his service. But his three-term record shows that he helped grow the Federal government by trillions of dollars, most of which is now debt. Many are unaware that Senator Bennett not only supported the bailout, but also helped broker it. Eagar claims that FEC reports show that Senator Bennett is ranked the #1 Republican in the Senate in campaign funds received from Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, the organizations primarily responsible for the demise of the free market. Those contributions also rank him #6 behind the top 5 liberal Democrats including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. It should also be noted that Bob Bennett voted to confirm La Raza activist judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Court of Appeals Second District in 1998.
Eagar places concern for civil liberties high atop her list of priorities. On April 18th, she condemned the now-infamous DHS report which implied that tax protestors, anti-abortion activists, and small government advocates were potential subversives. And in a January 16th post, she decries the dissemination of "green" propaganda in our schools. She also posted a critical assessment of the International Baccalaureate Program on the Senate Site blog. In her perspective, the IB program promotes a left-wing agenda, replete with socialism, disarmament, radical environmentalism, and moral relativism, while attempting to undermine Christian religious values and national sovereignty. The world view taught by IB includes the promotion of the Earth Charter and suggests that America’s foundational principles of national sovereignty, natural law and inalienable rights are at odds with the IB curriculum and should not be taught.
Good gravy! That probably describes curricula at around two-thirds of our secular universities in the United States!
Eagar is the Vice President of Marketing for WebsTarget by Computer Camp, an Internet marketing company that services the real estate industry. She has been a fundraiser for various charitable causes from Special Olympics Utah to the Children’s Miracle Network and has had lifelong leadership activity in the Republican Party serving on Republican Womens’ boards, as a campaign manager, and as county and state delegate. She is featured in Sean Hannity’s book Let Freedom Ring. She supported Mitt Romney in 2008, and lauds the Utah State Legislature for its leadership and fiscal discipline. She is married to Randy Eagar, and together they have seven children and also have eight grandchildren. She is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. See her Facebook site HERE.
Cherilyn Eagar was also one of the leaders of the Provo Tea Party tax protests on April 15th, 2009, where Congressman Jason Chaffetz also showed up. Seems like she's got a few things in common with Chaffetz politically, although Salt Lake Crawlmeister Glen Warchol sees her as being more "Palinesque".
Cherilyn Eagar is clearly number four on the depth charts right now, behind Bennett, Shurtleff, and Bridgewater. But Jason Chaffetz started out in arrears, too, and we all know what he did. Could Cherilyn Eagar be Jason Chaffetz with a skirt?