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Statement on Mike Lee’s Jan. 6 text messages

 

Official Media Statement

When a sitting US senator asks what he should say, he is freely admitting he is more concerned with playing DC games–with the politics of politics–rather than the people of Utah. Utah wants someone to fight for our state–someone who refuses to be just another chess piece the Washington, DC, apparatus can push around.

This is exactly why I am running and committed to two terms. I am a classic conservative. I will be solely accountable to the people of Utah, not the machines of Washington. When you stay too long, Washington becomes corrosive, corrupt and dishonest. You start worrying too much about what the wrong people think. Career politicians say anything to stay even longer. As he campaigns for a third term, Mike Lee is no longer a credible voice to represent Utah.

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Today’s reports appear inconsistent with the senator’s earlier account of timing and his role. It’s distressing. When a sitting US senator asks what he should say, he is freely admitting he is more concerned with playing DC games–with the politics of politics–rather than the people of Utah.

Utah wants someone to represent and fight for the principles of our state, someone who refuses to be just another chess piece the Washington, DC, apparatus can push around. Utah wants a senator who cares more about doing the right thing, not one more concerned with his press clippings.

This is exactly why I am running for the US Senate and have committed to two terms. Twelve years is long enough. When you stay too long, Washington becomes corrosive, corrupt and dishonest. You start worrying too much about what the wrong people think. Career politicians say anything to stay even longer. Elites–and that includes long-time incumbents and special interests– have too firm a grip on Washington. They think they know better. They fail to see Americans have had it with the reckless spending, the unproductive tribalism, the disconnect from reality.

As he campaigns for a third term, Mike Lee is no longer a credible voice to represent Utah. Utah deserves better. Our nation deserves better.

Utah can count on me to be its consistently conservative voice. A voice for truth. A voice for what matters most. I have pledged to serve two terms, to hit the ground running and give it all I have. I will not waste time on partisan or frivolous distractions. I will be solely accountable to the people of Utah, not the machines of Washington.

If we want different outcomes, it’s time for a different kind of leadership- a leader that knows the hearts and minds of Utah, a leader doggedly focused on getting the right things done.