Comments about ‘GOP Senate opponents Tim Bridgewater and Mike Lee struggle to differentiate’

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Published: Monday, June 21 2010 12:23 a.m. MDT

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rpkeel

Both men are good guys. One has a businessman's view to politics and one has a constitutional lawyer's views. In my opinion Businessman should stay in business. Bob Bennett consistently voted for bigger government. I helped retire him in the convention and I am not ready to replace him with a younger version of himself.

Mike Lee is not a Washington based lawyer. He has spent his life preparing himself to defend the constitution. Tim cannot say the same.

I believe that the constitution is a gift from God and I want someone who has spent a lifetime learning about it and spent his a good chunk of his life defending it.

I've met both. Both are good men. Lee is the only sensible option. I'll vote for Lee on Tuesday.

Samantha187

With so few people decided in the race, it really is about getting out the vote. I am a supporter of Mike Lee because he understands what it will take to put this country on the right path.

Go Mike!

afraidofstupidity

Mike Lee

Yeah, I don't get why Bridgewater has acted like being a "businessman" is enough of a qualification. I think it's all about drive, intelligence, and ability to form a cooperative group to help turn the government into what it was truly meant to be.

Mike Lee is qualified in all these regards. He has excellent drive that led him to one of the most prestigious and respected posts in the legal field, clerking for a Supreme Court Justice. If you listen to him and look to his track-record, you can clearly see that he possesses the intelligence we need in the Senate. He also has a specific plan laid out of how he'll fit into this new young Senate of ours, and who he'll work with to make a difference.

Mike Lee has my vote already.

Esquire

Let's see who can out-extreme the other. We are doomed to being relegated to the bottom of the barrel in having Utah's interests effectively represented. We do we keep picking the craziest ones to send to DC? As I think about it, Lee is the worst of the pair, unless you agree with his hypocrisy. He claims to be conservative, yet wants to overthrow the principle of "stare decisis" to return back to his views which are based in 1787. This does not make sense, logically.

James T.

In addition to asking himself if something is constitutional, I wish Mike Lee would ask himself a couple additional questions, like:

1. Is this moral?
2. Do the majority of the people I will represent strongly oppose this?

Maybe then he wouldn't have been over-advocating for Energy Solutions "constitutional" right to bring nuclear waste to our state.

The Constitution is obviously given to interpretation and is silent on many, many things. So I would also like to know that Mr. Lee can get off his "constitutional" soap box and listen to his people.

I voted for Bridgewater. And I am still waiting for someone to tell me what Mr. Lee would do with his Senate votes that would differ from Mr. Bridgewater. To me there seems to be no difference, and all the "constitution" rhetoric seems like a marketing ploy more than anything.

Demisana

Looks like Lee's supporters got here first :-).

I've been leaning Bridgewater - enough lawyers already. I don't want nuclear waste imported to Utah, either. Lee would support it, Bridgewater would oppose it.

Besides, there's always my favorite quote from Shakespeare - "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers".

Cameron

@James T. | 6:55 a.m

"And I am still waiting for someone to tell me what Mr. Lee would do with his Senate votes that would differ from Mr. Bridgewater"

There are two votes that immediately spring to mind: No Child Left Behind, and Medicare Part D, which could also easily be named, Unfunded Mandate and Trillion Dollar Debt. Bridgewater supported both, Lee didn't.

nick

Demisana

Of the 55 members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, 34 were lawyers. It depends on what TYPE of lawyer you elect.

nick

Tim Stewart has been very clever in deflecting questions about the dirty trick Temple mailer against Mike Lee. He said that none of the campaigns was involved.

He refuses to say if any of Bridgewater's key supporters were involved. After the FEC investigation on this matter is concluded, I predict the FEC will find that the people who created the mailer where key Bennett AND Bridgewater supporters.

Al

I was in the undecided category but leaning to Bridgewater. Now I am definately in the Bridgewater camp because of the extremely negative campaigning I have received from those supporting Lee. From being 'push polled', which does nothing but offend me, to the advertisements calling him Tim 'bridge to no where' Bridgewater, I have seen the actions of a desperate man. While I know that Lee did not sponser the 'bridge to no where' ads, he has allowed them to stand.

In a close race among two candidates with almost identical platforms, the negative campaigning can be the deciding factor. How is this person going to behave under pressure? I think that Mike Lee has answered that question.

If I would have been him, I would have run a competitive campaign without the bad-mouthing of a fellow conservative republican. Then if I lost, I would have left a positive taste in the mouths of the voters and would have the name recognition to win the next time around. As it is now, there is no good taste in my mouth because of the name-calling and push-polling.

leer

Tim Bridgewater is the right, mature and more pragmatic person for the job...no question.

NGA

I thought Lee and Bridgewater were very similar until I learned about Lee's ties to EnergySolutions. Lee has sold out the state's interests before and can't be trusted--all in the name of constitutional law. If you Google: "lee playing energysolutions" you'll see what I'm talking about.

Go Bridgewater!

praxis

When Energy Solutions went to court arguing that they should be allowed to accept foreign nuclear waste, they took Mike Lee as their lawyer. Lee aggressively argued on behalf of ES and against the wishes of the people of the State of Utah.

Energy Solutions will eventually walk away from the Clive Facility and leave it to Utah taxpayers to maintain. That is in their business plan - they will walk away and leave all liability to Utah residents.

Lee says he is for change, but his actions clearly show that he is status quo. He didn't listen to the wishes of the people of Utah regarding ES and foreign nuclear waste, what makes you think he would be any different in elected office?

Demisana

Well, whichever one wins, we can always kick out Hatch in two years and put in the other one. Then we'll have two that are much more conservative than the ones we've had the last few terms.

Cats

Senator Hatch is probably the leading Constitutional expert in the Senate. Soooo....we already have a constitutional expert in the Senate.

Tim Bridgewater's business experience would be a good complement to Senator Hatch's Constitutional expertise.

Having said that, the most important thing we can do here in Utah is to deny Nancy Pelosi a House seat by defeating Jim Matheson.

I encourage all Republicans in the second district to cross ticket and vote for Claudia Wright. She'll be a lot easier to beat in November. Beating Mathson is the only thing Utahns can do to take Pelosi out.

Either senate candidate will be a great representative for Utah. BEATING MATHESON IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO THIS YEAR.

Cameron

@Al | 8:04 a.m

"In a close race among two candidates with almost identical platforms, the negative campaigning can be the deciding factor. How is this person going to behave under pressure?"

Do you mean to tell me that as a Bridewater supporter you haven't been getting the Tim Bridewater robo calls and negative mailers? Really?

Lane Myer

Cats: "I encourage all Republicans in the second district to cross ticket and vote for Claudia Wright. She'll be a lot easier to beat in November. Beating Mathson is the only thing Utahns can do to take Pelosi out. "

I thought your ethics were better than that. Can you do this? Yes. SHOULD you do this because it will be an easier path for a republican? No. If they are not strong enough to beat Matheson, they should not be in the House. Period.

Al

RE: Cameron

I live outside the Wasatch Front (thank heavens) and have received two robo-calls from the Bridgewater camp. Neither one of them put down Mike Lee, both mentioned the reasons why I should vote for Bridgewater and tried to counter the lies that are being perpetuated about him. I have also heard one radio commercial to deny accusations made against him.

On the other hand I have been push-polled several times from the Lee camp. I have also heard many radio commercials favoring Lee which did not mention Mike Lee even one time, they just name-called and spread lies about Bridgewater.

I have not heard the Bridgewater campaign say anything like "Mike 'how do you say nuclear waste in Italian' Lee; or Mike 'let's make it a super-majority of lawyers' Lee.

praxis

When Energy Solutions went to court to argue that they should be allowed to accept foreign nuclear waste, they took Mike Lee as their lawyer. Lee aggressively argued on behalf of ES and against the wishes of the people of the State of Utah.

Energy Solutions will eventually walk away from the Clive Facility and leave it to Utah taxpayers to maintain. That is in their business plan - they will walk away and leave all liability to Utah residents.

Lee says he is for change, but his actions clearly show that he is status quo. He didn't listen to the wishes of the people of Utah regarding ES and foreign nuclear waste, what makes you think he would be any different in elected office?

Kickit023

I am one of those guys on the fence. I've been leaning towards Lee, but I would like to know, "How do you go from being against nuclear waste, to fighting for it?" Was there something, a point in time, that you you changed your opinion? For Bridgewater, alleviate my concerns that you or companies you work with used government money in their businesses but you want to eliminate government spending. Bennett said he would rather it be spent in Utah than some place else, I would like to see it stopped completely and everywhere.

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