There have always been questions about the role of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah politics. Many say the Church’s influence is indirect, but former state lawmaker Carl Wimmer is questioning whether Church lobbyists on Capitol Hill go too far. Last month, he wrote that he was bullied when his stance on immigration diverged from his then Church’s position. Monday, we’re asking Wimmer and others how lawmakers decide whether to vote with their politics or with their faith.
- Carl Wimmer served as the Republican from Herriman's District 52 in the Utah House from 2007 to 2012. He and his wife Sherry blog at AmericanDreamRevealed.com
- Matt Canham is a reporter with The Salt Lake Tribune. Read his article on the LDS Church and lobbyists, written with Lee Davidson.
- Quin Monson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, and a senior scholar for the BYU Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. With David Campbell, he's the author of Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics [Indiebound|Amazon]