LDS Dems

I didn’t go to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last month However, my friend R.C. Johnson, the chair of the Natrona County Democratic Party, was there and she was at a meeting of Mormon Democrats (see this article in the Daily Beast which features Grant Hardy). She was fighting for me and Wyoming. Notice her LDS button!



R.C. Johnson, above, from Casper, Wyo., while not a member of the LDS Church, came to the meeting of LDS Democrats to learn more about how people of that faith have connected with the Democratic party. “There’s a Mormon Democrat, Chris Henrichsen, running for US Congress from Wyoming,” she said, “and being here is about being informed.” As the county chair for Natrona County Democrats, she wants to build a bridge to Wyoming Mormons, many of whom are Republicans: “I want to be able to articulate a lot better the LDS-Democrat connection.” (NBC News)

There has been a fair amount of focus on Mitt Romney and his religion. However, the so called “Mormon Moment” is bigger than just Mitt.

I am proud to to be a Democrat. I am also proud to be a Mormon. This baffles both groups equally.

I know that some Democrats in Wyoming were not happy to have a Mormon as their candidate for the U.S. House. However, like Sen. Harry Reid, I am a Democrat because I am a Mormon…not despite of it. My values guide my politics, my religion, and my life. These values lead me to be a Mormon Democrat.

I fully agree with R.C., that for Democratic Candidates to succeed in in place like Wyoming, we must be able to reach out to groups that are not typical Democratic voting blocs. My campaign is building these bridges. I am also fighting against the anti-religion impulse that many on the left have.

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  • E

    Good for you! I think you are right to acknowledge the anti-religious and anti-LDS attitudes of some in the Democratic party. Pretending it isn’t there does not make it go away. I think the Democratic Party in Utah would do better if it had someone like you in it.

  • Chris H.

    It seems to be everywhere! I think that the Utah Dems are doing well with Jim Matheson and Ben McAdams. I am happy in WY! :)

  • E

    I am in Utah, and one thing that really rubs me the wrong way about the Matheson and McAdams campaigns is that much of their messaging could be summed up “vote for me because I’m a Mormon”. This does not impress me. I have noticed this kind of attempt to appeal to LDS voters for several years here. There is also what seems like an endless parade of media articles that could be summed up as “Mormons can be democrats too!” I have not seen any acknowledgment of the very real problem of anti-mormon attitudes in the party, let alone what seems like genuine attempts to address them.

  • Euthyphronics

    Anti-Mormon attitudes are a very real problem in both parties. I think the best way to combat them is by just what Chris is doIng: getting in the mix and showing that a Mormon can govern well, in line with a party’s core principles.

  • Chris H.

    Matheson primarily hammers that he is a conservative Democrat.

    There are anti-Mormon sentiments in both parties. However, they are of a different variety. I will write more about that after Nov. 6.

    I am open about my Mormonism because it is part of who I am and it does differentiate me from the straw man many people have about Dems.

  • E

    I admit you are right about Matheson, as I think about it. And even though I dislike the campaign strategy for McAdams, I do think he is a viable candidate who could (and should!) be persuasive on issues and qualifications without resorting to identity politics. I wish you well in the upcoming election Chris! Win or lose, I think it is very positive when an intelligent, thoughtful, and honest person decides to participate in politics, and my impression is that you are all of the above.

  • JR

    I am always glad to hear of Mormons who are Democrats or Independents. I live in a Republican state, Arizona, and a small town with the population being 40%-50% LDS. (Arizona politics are awful and there are some LDS people in politics at all levels in this state that make the Church look bad). So much to say, but anyway, thank you for writing the article. It’s nice to know there are good, honest LDS people in politics. For those who don’t know, Pres. Heber J. Grant was a Democrat. Good luck to you!

  • b_nu

    I’m so glad you posted this… I’m gonna look up Chris H’s opponent, and donate to him, now.

  • b_nu

    Ooooh, what joy. I get to donate money against a liberal Mormon, and for a conservative woman! This makes my day. I’ll be encouraging my friends to do the same. Go Cynthia Lummis!!!

  • Chris H.

    I am glad that I could bring you such joy. :)

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