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Decisive win sends Mike Lee to Senate

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  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    I'm expecting a change in the Constitution as promised.. I'm smiling because I know it won't happen and I'm laughing because you people believed him when he made the statement.....

  • facts_r_stubborn Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    I didn't support Mike Lee. Now that he is the Senator he deserves a shot. He has much too learn. The campaign rhetoric needs to give way to some real education here, on the issues and on how to get power in the Senate to turn Utah values and interests into results.

    Frankly, other than general statements on principles and the Constitution, Mike as been quite dissapointing in showing that he is a serious problem solver, with leadership abilities. His experience in business and leadership thin, and knowledge of issues thinner.

    Having said that, he is intelligent and articulate. Wish he'd done a little more homework during the campaign, and said a few less trite political sound bites. But, only time will tell if this tea party darling is a show horse or a work horse.

    Achieving limited government requires action and leadership, not gridlock and grandstanding. Real change requires hard work and persistence over several years, not flash in the pan speeches, preening for the media and token toothless Committee assigments. It requires building a talented staff of dedicated constituent service people and legislative aids, not thank you political nepotism.

    Good luck, Senator Lee.

  • gharmons Helendale, CA
    Nov. 3, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    The Senator's father was my freshman class president and studentbody president at BYU. I greatly admired him. I wish his son well in helping restore us to being the constitutional republic our Founding Fathers gave us.

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    Mike Lee was Senator the minute he got the nomination at the Republican Convention. The "people's vote" in Utah is like sustaining in the church - no questions, no dissent. About 150 make the decision, everyone sustains. Sort of like North Korea

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    Atta boy Mike. We need more teapartiers who will cut away all the fat from the federal govt and hopefully save our country from bankruptcy. And it may just be in the nick of time.

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Nov. 3, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    It's awesome to read the whining today about Lee's win by the Progressives who fill these pages.

    I didn't know we were supposed to vote for people based on their occupation. If we don't need more lawyers in DC I'm sure the complainer didn't vote for Obama, right?

    Furry whines about Lee's credentials without giving any specifics why he isn't qualified, let alone who was the most qualified.

    St. George whines about hard core conservative dogma without detailing what is wrong with conservative principles. Maybe you should move to Vermont, MA or CT as they have their religion of hard core progressive dogma, which apparently you agree with.

    And then there is Orem who complains that the Repubs have a closed primary. Boo hoo hoo. Why should anyone outside the Repubs get to choose who will represent the Repubs? It doesn't matter that the Dems have an open primary or not. btw, it wasn't a few insiders who dictated this election it was those who got involved and voted for change. I was one of them who voted Bennett out. Hatch will go in 2012 too!

    Go Mike!

  • Jash Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    Congratulations Mike.

    Step carefully in DC, we will be watching you.

  • JustAsking Saint George, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 12:01 p.m.

    Lee's win is nothing more than a "tour de force" for the dogmatic fanaticism of the Utah Republican party. Clearly, they are the singular dominant force in this election. Its a sad day for all when we let party lines dictate our future.

    Utah wanted a party stooge and they got one. Apparently all one needs to get elected in Utah is to rattle the sabers of conservative ideology. All hail the new religion of Utah it is no longer the LDS faith it is "hard core republican/conservative dogma" that rules the land.

    "As we all proceed to make our individual "declarations of independence," I hope we can distinguish between liberty and license, that we can realize that freedom is only a blessing if it is accompanied by wisdom and intelligence. At the same time, we all need to resist the down-drag of mental laziness which sometimes leads to the premature hardening of the intellectual arteries." Wise Counsel from Hugh B. Brown

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    I will wait and see if this new congress will finally listen to the will of the people. I hope the president got the message! It's time to get this country under control and back to being number one in the world. There is nothing wrong with being number one.

  • tucknrolled slc, ut
    Nov. 3, 2010 10:48 a.m.

    What a blow out! Not even close. Holy cow. I wonder what went wrong for Granato? Could it be he is Sam Granato? Boy this is really hard to figure out.

  • radically_independent Orem, Utah
    Nov. 3, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    This is almost comical. Did anyone, for one second, ever think someone with a "D" next to their name would win a statewide offfice? Really? There is a story here? This man was elected to office months ago by a very small group of insiders. This public election for him was just for show.

    If Republicans really want to have any credibiity in Utah, they need to open up their process so there is transparency and actual citizen participation. Until then, a select few will choose who you get to vote for, and nothing will change.

  • Politicallyminded Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    I have had numerous conversations with Mike Lee along the campaign trail, and must say, that I am disappointed with him. I am concerned that he has won, however, he is now my senator and I will support him. He had better have integrity and hold up to his principles, as people want individuals who have standards in office. DO WHAT YOU HAVE PROMISED US YOU WOULD DO, AND BE HONEST!!!

  • tron527 Provo, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    Lux,
    That was exactly my earlier point, we are so blind that we will choose color over substance. We choose to put an over represented profession (lawyer) instead of an under represented one (small business owner). How can we expect anything to change if we keep putting the same type of people in office?

  • Lux et Veritas Draper, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    Yesterday, Utahns were presented with two options for U.S. Senate:

    A successful, main street-oriented local small business owner

    and

    A highly-paid Washington, DC-based corporate attorney/lobbyist.

    In their one-party ignorance, Utahn's chose the latter.

  • Freedom Huntsville, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    You might very well be looking at a future president.

    Mike won with votes to spare. Now, I saw all kinds of signs yesterday that read "Love your neighbor, vote democrat." Are going to love your neighbor or hate those you can't defeat? Remember spewing nasties isn't love.

  • geewiz Logan, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 9:33 a.m.

    Mike Lee will stick to his principles. He will be a great senator. He is a fantastic person.

    I'm glad Utah finally has a senator who understands the dangerous financial trouble this country is in. What amazes me is how many people still don't get it. We are on the verge of bankruptcy, yet people still want federal dollars to keep coming for their favorite or worthy programs. Our national debt is at 93% of our GDP, if you include local debt we are over 100%. That's insane.

    As I see it, our way of life will change one way or another. Either we bite the bullet and live within our means (cut up our Chinese Credit Card) or we will face the consequences of national bankruptcy.

    We need more elected officials like Mike Lee who have the guts to tackle these difficult issues.




  • common twit Vernal, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    @tron527...I could not have said it better myself. He is all we need in washington...another lawyer.

    I feel kind of bad for Granato too. He got caught in the backlash to Washington. Had it been a normal year, he might have been able to win. He certainly had the better message. Plus, he seeemed like a genuinely good person. The victor seemed a little too slick.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Nov. 3, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    At least the guy is going to Washington to try and change things. We all know that he will fail at first. The question is will he continue his fight over the next 4 years or just become like the rest of them after a year?

    The Government is out of control. Someone needs to step up and start making changes.

  • dumprake Toquerville, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 8:44 a.m.

    Not until states begin refusing federal "bribe" money, will the states ever be free of federal control. Only by bribing (or threatening) the states with federal money, is the federal government able to wield control over such things as education. At some point, states and school districts, must refuse the federal money. Somebody must stand up and say, "no, we value our freedom and independence more than money. We value control over what our children are taught more than we value "free" money from the Dept of Education."

  • tucknrolled slc, ut
    Nov. 3, 2010 8:19 a.m.

    What a blow out! The gap was one of the largest in the nation. Truely amazing. I didn't expect Granato to lose that badly. I feel sorry for him a little. It's like watching a boy with one leg try out for the football team.

  • tron527 Provo, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:32 a.m.

    Hooray, yet another lawyer in Washington! Is it just me of did his campaign "promises" sound a little bit like "one call thats all" assurances?

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington DC, MD
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:17 a.m.

    This guy is not on the same level as Rand paul. To hear that he actually wants to form an alliance with him is laughable. He will abandon Rand when he continues the fight his dad started, whic is to end the fed.

    A vote for lee is a vote for a liberal democrat. We would be in much better hands with a libertarian governo and a constituionalist senator. But I guess people lik tyranny too much.

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:04 a.m.

    Mike Lee will be a fantastic Senator. We have got to get federal spending under control. It will not always be easy on us. He will need to make tough and at times unpopular decisions but we must look beyond our own selfishness and understand that to have a free and strong America we muss be a debt free people. We can't have it all unless we earn it. The welfare state must be replaced with private charities and holding peoples feet tot the fire

    I applaud Mike Lee. He will make us proud.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 6:41 a.m.

    I am deeply ashamed that this person is now going to be a senator from my state. Of all the candidates (in all parties) running for the Senate, he was the least qualified and least worthy of the office. He is nothing more or less than an Energy Solutions shill, and has shown no indication that he would work for the benefit of the people of Utah against Energy Solutions' interests.

    We deserve better.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 6:24 a.m.

    Go Mike and do what you said you would do. Don't be like Obama and promise the world and then renig on everything, or you will not last. Show us that you mean what you say and you will be in the Senate for a long time. With two-thirds of the votes, the people showed they want change. The people have spoken.

  • newslover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 3:08 a.m.

    one term wonder

  • newslover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 3:07 a.m.

    One term for mountain meadows mike. I miss Bob Bennett already.