June 17th, 2009
10:23 PM ET

Redford for governor?

The people of Utah, that reddest of red states, owe a lot to a guy with liberal politics, Robert Redford.  The Sundance Film Festival, which Redford founded, contributed more than $92 million to the state's economy this past January, according to a new study announced by the Sundance Institute. 

The Institute says the figures were compiled by the University of Utah using an "economic impact model" developed by the Commerce Department.

According to the study, festival-goers spent almost $35 million on hotel rooms and almost $15 million on meals during the 10 day event.  They also spent $4 million on "discretionary items".    I'm guessing that was mostly lattes.  Or maybe festival t-shirts.  Those were kind of pricey.

It's ironic that a man with such left-leaning sentiments has contributed so much to the welfare of the overwhelmingly-Republican state.    If economic activity generated equaled political clout, Redford might be governor.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. No_Way

    He can run but he won't win. The people of Utah are smarter than that. They don't want to see runaway spending on illegals and state union workers. Not to mention the global warming and environmental nonsense. Just look at California. We are doomed here. Arnold is a failure and the state legislature is a bunch of socialists and weak-sister Republicans.

    June 18, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. maude

    I would love to see gorgeous Robert turn a red state BLUE! Maybe he can give a few acting lessons and some economic advise to Arnold, who thought that his very limited abilities could manage CA!

    June 18, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kristy

    Actually, I believe the state of Utah is one of the few states NOT in debt and a quite sizable "rainy day" fund. Red as it may be, the state does an amazing job with its infrastructure. I like Redford and the Sundance film festival for the amount of tourist revenue it brings to the state, but let's leave his politics out of it. Not that I love the state's ultra conservative social views, but fiscally they know a thing or two. Maybe Redford's cronies back in CA could take a few lessons on how not to sink their state financially!

    June 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pat

    That would be nice. Bring a little "blue" ice gel to that third degree burned "red" state.

    June 18, 2009 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |

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