Do I think Buttars should resign from the Utah Senate? No. Let's let his constituents decide that one in the next election.
I have no proof that Chris Buttars is a racist. But how in the world could he come up with a statement like the one he uttered, and not be at least a racist of the closet variety? So I'm pretty sure he is.
In days gone by, it was fairly common for Utahns to be racist. I think it was more out of ignorance and lack of association with people of other races, more than anything. Chris Buttars, however, seems to be a throwback to that otherwise hopefully forgotten era. We know very well now, that when got created all men equal that he included people of all races. I encourage Senator Buttars to jump in his time machine and chart a course for 2008.
On the other hand, I am a bit put off by the Utah NAACP's Jeanetta Williams' call for his resignation. She has a right to hope he would resign, but it would show much more class on her part for her to simply express
Chris Buttars, in attempting to put principle above people, violates principle on a regular basis.her displeasure toward his comments, and then wait for the next election to solve the problem. Besides his subliminally derived racist comments, I can't imagine that (1) the things that Chris Buttars has said about homosexuals, and (2) the ways he has used his campaign funds are appealing to his constituents.
What he said about blacks makes him a first class dolt. It also classifies him as a racist in my book.
Chris Buttars, in attempting to put principle above people, violates principle on a regular basis. He is a discredit to the Utah legislature.
I can only hope that the people in his district agree with me come election time.