Utah Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson won’t answer The Daily Caller’s requests for comment on whether he thinks Attorney General Eric Holder should resign over Operation Fast and Furious.
After his staff ignored the Washington Times’ Kerry Picket’s questions on the matter, TheDC asked Matheson spokeswoman Alyson Heyrend if the congressman thinks Holder should resign. TheDC’s request for comment went unanswered as well.
Matheson is in a tough bid for re-election against up-and-coming conservative star Mia Love.
He appears to be walking the line on Fast and Furious to make himself look moderate, as he did vote to hold Holder in both criminal and civil contempt of Congress back in late June. Matheson was the also the first Democrat to publicly state he’d vote for contempt for Holder.
“It just compounds the tragedy when both sides play politics instead of releasing the facts. The Terry family, the public and Congress deserve answers,” Matheson said in remarks first reported by the Salt Lake Tribune in his home state back before the contempt vote. “Sadly, it seems that it will take holding the attorney general in contempt to communicate that evasiveness is unacceptable.”
Matheson voted for contempt but has not said a thing about Fast and Furious since – and he won’t join the 131 House members calling for Holder’s resignation.
Unlike Matheson, Love called for Holder’s resignation in an interview with TheDC earlier this year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – an annual gathering of right-of-center political types in Washington, D.C.
“Mr. Holder has been appointed to do a job – he’s been hired to do a job – and I have not yet found a good response to ‘what did he know and when did he know it?’” Love said of Holder and Fast and Furious then. “I have not been able to find that. And, if you can’t answer that question, there’s a big problem there. If you think about the amount of lives that have been lost and you can’t answer those questions, then you’re gone. You’re not fit to do that job anymore. And, yes, personally, I think he should resign.”