The Friends of Mike Lee (aka Mke Lee’s campaign) sent out this hack job of a mailer. It attacks Tim Bridgewater, calling him a Lobbyist and distorting the facts about his business interests. Take a look at the mailer for yourself.
The ironic thing about this piece is it really shows how pathetic Mike Lee’s campaign has become over the past month. Lets break down the mailer.
It claims Tim Bridgewater was a lobbyist. This has been explained multiple times. He was included on a lobbyist report by the Thai Frozen Food Industry. He never did the lobbying and Lew Cramer, the real lobbyist who is on every disclosure document related to Thai Frozen Food Industry, has stated that Tim was never a lobbyist. The Friends of Mike Lee fail to mention that Mike Lee has MULTIPLE complaints filed AGAINST him with the Lt. Governor office regarding his lobbyist activity. You can read the other blog entries to know more about Mike Lee, the REAL lobbyist. Don’t you find it funny that Mike lists his qualification for being a Senator as being a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito? Why wouldn’t Mike List all his clients that made him over $650,000 last year? Wouldn’t that be impressive to show how he became wealthy showing his constitutional prowess? Is he ashamed of his clients?
He then attacks Bridgewater on companies that accepted earmarks. Tim has been outspoken about eliminating earmarks. They are wrong and the government shouldn’t be taking taxpayer money and distributing it to others. But where does Mike want to draw the line on what a company can and can’t do with government money? Mike represents a company called EnergySolutions. They have government contracts to dispose of nuclear waste. Is it wrong for Mike to represent a company that takes government money? What about all the defense contractors? Should we be attacking Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumond, and Boeing for accepting federal dollars? This simple-minded attack shows Mike’s lack of business expertise. Mike’s $650,000 salary has been paid by private companies that have accepted government money. To put it into an argument that we can all understand, most conservatives don’t agree with Social Security, but when we retire, we aren’t going to refuse the checks in the mail because ideologically the federal government should never have created such a program.
The next point of the mailer was that Tim helped a foreign company get government grants. It seems hypocritical when he represents EnergySolutions attempt to bring in foreign nuclear waste into this state. Mike has stated that the reason why it should be allowed is that EnergySolutions needs to create a relationship with the Italian Government so they can expand into Italy and create a disposal site there. So Utahns have to accept Italy’s waste so Mike Lee and EnergySolutions can make more money. It appears that a self-proclaimed constitutional expert forgot about the 10th Amendment. Utah has the right to say no to foreign nuclear waste. We don’t want the Federal Courts telling us what we have to have stored in our state.
The last point of his mailer is by far the most ironic. Mike Lee attacking a businessman using exaggerations about his business practices. Has Mike Lee ever created a job, made a payroll, dealt with government regulations on businesses? Does he understand how health care costs are choking small businesses? Mike Lee has no real world business experience. Just remember, you don’t get a 2,700 page bill from a businessman, you get it from a lawyer.
The friends of Mike Lee are running a dirty campaign because they don’t have anything left in the tank. A lawyer with simplistic solutions can only take you so far in a campaign. There only way to get momentum is to attack the opponent. They have also created a website using these exaggerated “facts”. They will stop at nothing to try and discredit Tim. It isn’t working because you can’t use lies to discredit people.