Mike Lee may face a primary challenge from leftist republicans



Can you believe it, Senator Mike Lee may face a primary challenge from a liberal republican--and this is Utah, one of the most conservative states?

As the leftist Politico reports:

As the 43-year-old Lee plots his 2016 reelection bid, he is courting business leaders under the radar, hoping to head off a primary challenge backed by business leaders and other establishment figures in his home state, like billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr., an influential bank CEO and a former Utah GOP party chairman.

Some powerful establishment Republicans in Utah are tired of Lee’s hard-line positions. He stood with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas last year when the federal government closed

Huntsman, who founded the petrochemical giant that bears his name, refuses to meet with Lee because of his “extremely radical” positions and is considering putting his political and financial muscle behind a primary challenger.

Scott Anderson, a prominent bank president in Salt Lake City, has privately commissioned polls to assess Lee’s race while meeting with some of his prospective foes to gauge their interest.

And one former state GOP party chairman, Thomas Wright, is actively considering a bid against the Utah freshman, while others in the business world are keeping the door open about a prospective bid.

“All I can say is Mike Lee is an embarrassment to the state of Utah,” Huntsman said in an interview, calling Lee “an extremist” for his role in the government shutdown fight that he said cost his cancer research institute millions in federal dollars and hurt small businesses affected by the closure of national parks. “He’s been a tremendous embarrassment to our family, to our state, to our country to have him as a U.S. senator.”

--It's extremist to try and defund Obamacare? It's extremist to try to stop adding to our multi trillion dollar debt? What is the cost? A few days of national park closures? That's extreme?

--And what about cancer research? Not sure if that's true, but even if it were--what role does the govt have in cancer research? How many cancer medicines has the government produced? Zero? Who makes cancer medicines--Could it be... private companies?

--I don't know if it's more aggravating that Mike Lee may get a primary challenger, or that his small attempts to try and reign in federal spending are considered "Extreme".

(Politico)











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