by Jessica Miller Salt Lake Tribune
West Jordan • Three-term Republican state legislator Kim Coleman officially announced Saturday morning that she’s running for the 4th Congressional District, hoping to unseat Ben McAdams — who is currently the only Utah Democrat in Congress.
In announcing her campaign, Coleman came out critical of McAdams’ vote to impeach President Donald Trump and aligned herself as someone who is a full-fledged Trump supporter. Those who came to her West Jordan campaign headquarters on Saturday morning were greeted with a full-size cardboard cutout of Trump posing with two thumbs up, donning a cap that read “Kim cares.”
In her speech, Coleman praised Trump’s plans to slash business regulations and cut taxes, his push to increase border security and his picks for federal judges and the U.S. Supreme Court — accomplishments that drew cheers from the 40 or so supporters that packed her campaign offices Saturday.
Coleman also applauded Trump’s decision to order the U.S. strike that killed a top Iranian general Friday, which has increased tensions in that region.
The Utah lawmaker said she didn’t believe that the current Democratic presidential candidates who hope to challenge Trump in next year’s election would have made the right decisions to keep the country safe.
“I’m glad that Trump was in office when that intel came through,” she told her supporters Saturday. “And I’m glad that we have a president who does not apologize for protecting Americans’ lives.”
Coleman accused Democrats and McAdams of voting to impeach Trump in a near party-line vote because their party can’t win against him when he runs for reelection next November.
“He had a choice,” Coleman said of McAdams. “He had the choice between representing this district and the swamp. And he chose the swamp.”
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