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LDS Congressman Cook has New Opponent
(BYU) NewsNet 31Jan00 D2
By Brian D. Henderson: NewsNet Staff Writer

LDS Congressman Merrill Cook of Utah is facing yet another challenger in the next election. Mark Emerson comes to the race well qualified, having most recently served as Chief of Staff for Representative Chris Cannon, who is also LDS. Prior to that, Emerson was chief of staff for Nevada's John Ensign.

Emerson says, "I'm electable, and I can win. I don't believe that Cook can. So I'm in." Executive director of the Utah Republican Party, Scott Simpson, says that Rep. Cook knows he's in a vulnerable place as he defends his seat. "Unseating an incumbent is a difficult thing to do. I think Mark is a talented guy, and he's certainly proven capable of running hard campaigns."

Jeff Hartley, a fan of Emerson's, was at his announcement. "Nobody will out hustle him, nobody will out work him, nobody knows the system better, nobody knows the issues better. He's young, energetic and articulate. How can you lose?"


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