Sen. Lee already raising money for 2016 race


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  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    June 3, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    The number one goal of every politician upon getting elected... getting re-elected!

    Lee has been great with rhetoric that most conservative Utahns would buy. However it is rhetoric only! He really hasn't done much. Hasn't advanced any real 'cause' and hasn't really stopped anything significant.

    He's the "thank you for playing" guy in Washington. Just the kind of person we need! We could have sent anyone back for that... and guess what... we did! Now he wants more of our money so he can do it for six more (additional) years! It's bad enough he has milked his current government job, but to ask us to 're-hire' him so he can do it again...??

    Sad reality... with the "R" next to his name... We'll do it again and tell ourselves "he's the lesser of two evils."

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    May 31, 2013 7:25 a.m.

    Hello Mr. Lee!
    How about working for the people of Utah?
    Does that resonate for any of these "Public Servants" anymore?
    What a sorrowful commentary!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 31, 2013 1:24 a.m.

    Mike Lee has difficulty paying his bills on his $175,000 federal salary...

    Now he has to ask donors/voters to dig deeper?

    Fiscal conservative?

    Do as I say, not as I do?


  • tgadd435 Park City, UT
    May 30, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    Enjoy your last few years in DC, Senator. Your time is just about up...

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 30, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    I am thankful that Lee is working to obstruct the further damage BO, Feinstein, and the rest of the dems are trying to inflict on us.

    BO's administration is a joke. Fundraising is their first job, governing is a distant 3rd (behind scandal cover-up).

    CHS 85,
    the repub nominee will win in '16, Lee just wants to make sure he is the nominee.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    May 30, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    Oh pulleeeze! Must be a slow news day. A story about a public official raising money to get re-elected...imagine that! Much ado about nothing. The Deseret News is still in a snit that their fair-haired boy, Senator Bennett, was pried out of office by said Senator Lee.

    Mike Lee was not my first choice to replace Senator Bennett (who, like Senator Hatch, clearly needed to be relieved of duty), but he has been a pleasant surprise, and has brought a breath of fresh air to the shores of the Potomac. He has made a couple of typical freshman senator mistakes, but has also made significant contributions, far above what one expects in a first term. Go Mike Lee!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 30, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    Truthseeker and some others are exactly right.

    Lee will probably need all the money he can get in an attempt to set himself up as Senator For Life ala Hatch.

    Let's hope Utah voters have enough sense to dump this champion of obstruction at the first opportunity.

    But that would require a miracle -- and miracles don't happen in Utah politics.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    May 30, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    If he is seeking money now to run for re-election republican safe senate race, it demonstrates that he is beholden to the special interests that give him money instead of the republican voters who will certainly elect a republican senator in 2016. Stated another way he will be bought and paid for on election day.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    May 30, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    I don't really know what happened to Mike Lee and his house. I don't even know if it is true. If it is true, then Senator Lee made a mistake. If it isn't true, gossip is a fault as well, one that I wouldn't want to brag about in the public square. I happened to read his 'pitch' for money. I couldn't read anything in their about himself, only about stopping the insanity called Washington D.C. I can't figure it. There is not a person I know that doesn't believe that Washington doesn't have a spending problem, yet one would easily assume on these posts that we need more leaders who will spend more to fix problems that can't be fixed in Washington. Go figure.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    May 30, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    I'm not sure why he even needs to raise money. Can't he just have his name printed on the ballot with the (R) next to it and assure himself a victory?

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    May 30, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    Begging for money this far out is unbecoming of a US Senator. This does not seem to bother our beloved Senator "NO".

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 30, 2013 5:21 a.m.

    @bandersen 10:14 p.m. May 29, 2013

    I don't see the Jefferson Smith character deliberately choosing a job which lowers his income to the point he defaults on his mortgage. Smith was written to be a man of character. Lee wouldn't recognize character if it bit him on the nose.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 29, 2013 11:31 p.m.

    This appears to be a person who is insecure and nervous regarding the possibility of a future congressional term. I'm sick of the 2016 race already.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    May 29, 2013 10:14 p.m.

    Mike Lee is akin to Mr. Smith goes to Washington. It remains to be seen if he will succumb or make a difference. Anybody, anybody that throws a wrench into the train wreck called Washington D.C. deserves our admiration and respect. One term is enough, but he's causing heartburn with all those who want us to just put our heads in the sand!

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 29, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    "Already raising money for 2016?"

    Aside from obstructing everything isn't Senator Lee always trying to raise money for the next campaign.

    Congress is a joke. Fundraising is their first job, legislating is a distant 2nd. They only work Tues-Thurs now.

    They should be required to work 5 days like everybody else. They should be in in the Senate Chamber--debating bills like they used to and spending more time together. Congress today is like a dysfunctional divorced couple who just lob attacks at each other from a distance.

    Mike Lee is the prime example of what is wrong in Washington.