Utah Senate Race Down to the Wire

Mike Lee with his wife Sharon


The Utah Senate race is down to the wire.  The top contenders appear to be Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater.  An amazing thing has happened in this race.  For the first time ever in my lifetime, I am hearing Republicans speak out against a businessman in favor of an attorney.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not endorsing Tim Bridgewater or Mike Lee with this article, because I already said I would not be endorsing anyone in the Senate race, but this has been an interesting turn of events.

Tim Bridgewater with The Tea Party Express

My father is a businessman.  He makes his living in the plumbing business.  There are times when he will go after government contracts because the money is so good.  It is obvious government “anything” whether it is a job or a project has more money involved then the private sector.  He hates having to wade through all the extra paperwork and extra strings that are always attached to this type of work, but if it benefits his company, and benefits his employees, as long as he is honest in his work there is no conflict.  What’s more, because he is a generous man, he then feeds this money back into the private sector through charitable donations, purchases, and raising the standard of living for his employees who also put money back into the economy.  He pays union wages even though his company is non-union.  More good happens when government money is put back into the hands of the private sector.  It would be great if the government never did most of these projects and spent our money to begin with, but it does happen.

So, here we are in the middle of a U.S. Senate race, and many people are blasting Tim Bridgewater for being a businessman.  Now, I would expect that from the left because, “If you haven’t been to Columbia, well, then what business do you have even thinking of taking office.”  However, from the Republican Party this has been quite a shock.  I have never seen such an attack on someone from the business sector ever before.

Republicans usually take great pride in saying, we are the working man, that understands business, that have run businesses, and we can bring Washington back to it’s knees by running it like a business, rather than with an open tap with no end in sight to funding.  Businesses and households cannot be run indefinitely in the red, and businessmen have a tendency to look at the ridiculous spending in Washington and want to cut the waste.  This has been one reason most of the administrations of the Republican Party are filled with working men that have been successful in their businesses, not just lawyers and professors.

Tim Bridgewater comes to this race with much business experience, and I have been surprised by the dismissal given him for his experience that in other races would put him in the top position.  Tim Bridgewater should not be removed in anyone’s mind for his business associations.  Many of the allegations on Tim’s business practices can be easily refuted with very little effort.  He is a good candidate and he is someone who gets things done.

Because of the nature of the problems in this country, Mike Lee, with his Constitutional law background gives a unique perspective to this race as well.   Let’s face it, few are excited about another lawyer in DC, but if there is going to be a lawyer back there, you would want it to be one that understands the Constitution from a Judeo / Christian worldview.  Mike Lee is a good candidate, too.  Some people say he will get nothing done.  Sometimes that sounds pretty good to me, as Washington getting nothing done, would mean they weren’t messing in my affairs either.

All will be decided on May 8th, unless of course, the people must choose between one of these two in a primary, which is not completely out of the question.

16 thoughts on “Utah Senate Race Down to the Wire

  1. Marty, I loved your comment. This is Jacqueline’s post, so not mine to mess with, but you sound like a young Snowboard Dude who THINKS and Questions boldly. Tell all your young friends to Think and Question as much as you. I’m an old twin boards dude, who still thinks a bit. I figure if I donate enough to Bridgewaters campaign, maybe he can get an operation and sound like a human. Senator Bob appeared decent, but was fourth in Fannie Mae campaign contributions after Dodd, Obama, and Kerry. Also received $115K in campaign contributions from Banks bailed out from his own TARP bill. This is all taxpayer money. If they’re there too long, they lose their soul. Keep it up.


  2. I was listening to Tim Bridgewater and I couldn’t get over how hoarse his voice is. He sounds he’s gargling with gravel or something, someone should get him some lozenges, like Ricola makes really good ones they give away at the ski resorts. I don’t like the Mike Lee guy, because he’s a lawyer and those guys always argue both sides of the coin, and then they keep your coin. He’s like all talking about State’s rights but when the state of Utah (greatest snow on earth!)doesn’t want this gnarly nuclear waste from Italy and Japan out here he say’s that’s strictly a federal decision and Utah’s gotta lay down and take it, so what does that say? I don’t know anybody who wants to chill around radioactive garbage that the Japanese would spend all this yen to ship all the way here! So Mike Lee, he’s for state’s rights until some dude writes him a fat check to be against them! But then Mike Lee says Bridgewater is a hypocrite because all his money comes from government contracts or bank bailout subsidies so how’s he gonna stop government spending if that’s how he makes his bux? It’s so confusing and I kinda miss Bob Bennett, he seemed like a pretty decent old dude.


  3. Hi Star, did we have enough yellow flags for you? I waved my little one, woosed out on my big one thinking it might be construed as “campaigning”. Here’s part of a writeup I did for my precinct. As an avid Tim supporter, I was very surprised and pleased by the results.

    I’m sure you all know the results by now.
    Some trends in the numbers I noticed are worth a few comments.

    Three things surprised me.
    1. How much Lee’s support had eroded in the last couple of weeks. I had him at 37%, and he was 28%.
    (His campaign manager, Dave Hauser called it “drip, drip, drip”)
    2. How much Bennett had picked up in the last couple of weeks. I had him at 20%, and he was 25.6%.
    3. How much Bennett’s and Eagars supporters did not like Lee. They broke predominantly for Bridgewater as 2nd choice.
    Between the first round and the third round, Bridgewater picked up 30.5%.
    Lee only picked up 14.5%. Tim came close to winning it outright.
    This bodes well for a Primary for Tim vs Mike.
    Interesting stuff, but much harder to pole delegates and see where they’re at, than the general populace.

    Round 1:
    Mike Lee 28.2%
    Tim Bridgewater 26.5%
    Bob Bennett 25.2%
    Cherilyn Eagar 15.5% (Out)
    Others 4.5% (Out)

    Round 2:
    Tim Bridgewater 37.42%
    Mike Lee 36%
    Bob Bennett 26.6% (Out)

    Bennett picks up little of Eagars, Bridgewater takes lead.

    Round 3:
    Tim Bridgewater 57.3%
    Mike Lee 42.7%

    Tim narrowly misses an outright win at 60%.
    We are in for a Primary. Let’s keep it clean for both their sake.


  4. Hey Bruce,
    Thanks for putting together such a nice response. I appreciate when people take the time to discuss their viewpoints and count me in for that ethics reform or anything else that will help us get the people leading this country again.

    Ron Paul is a good example of someone who has not allowed the current system to corrupt him. He has always stayed true to his beliefs and voted accordingly. Most others have not, including John. There are very few great men out there who most people in this world can agree on. A couple most would probably not object to would be Jesus and Ghandi. I think you would find many different viewpoints on John McCains greatness. I’m sure the majority will have respect for his military record, as they should, but as far as creating a better life for me with less government and more freedom, that’s a hard sell to me.

    Anyway Bruce, thanks again for sharing your response and I very much respect your position. We all want the same thing in the end and that’s to get government out of our lives. Let me know if I can do something else to help with that.


  5. Jacqueline, I heard you speak at the Tea Party rally at the capital. Great stuff. I might look like Josey Wales in other venues.

    Tom, my thoughts on John McCain: We’ve all had a Political Awakening in the last 18 months. I supported McCain also, because I could see what Obama was early on, and he scared the heck out of me. I gave the legal maximum $2100 (ouch) to McCain, then another $400 to his ballot judge effort. The most inept campaign I’ve almost ever seen. Though I thought Sarah Palin was brilliant, and her convention speech awesome, and then the media trashed her. Along with the Seniority System in House and Senate, and the Earmark System, in the end, the RNC is a good ole boys club. Buddies and buddies scratching each others back. This needs to be fixed. Term Limits, no more earmarks, support Conservative candidates, the best for “We The People” or else we will do it for you. George H.W. Bush raised taxes, allowed Perot headroom, then we lost to Clinton, but it was his turn. Bob Dole (God Bless him, good man) was not a candidate to take Clinton on in ’96, but it was his turn. I supported McCain in 2000, but Dubya was the RNC guy, it was his turn. Finally in 2008 for McCain it was his turn. Obama was the Socialist, and McCain the Socialist-lite. They both sucked, and what choice did we have? And McCain being the runner-up is still the current Granddaddy of the RNC. And so you have to pay your dues. Bridgewater supported him. Palin and Romney currently campaign for him, and Romney will introduce Senator Bennett on Saturday. Are we going to condemn them all? No, understand the good ole boy system, but work to change it at the same time. Teach them to be true to us as a Priority, rather than true to each other and the Party.

    I was a SL County delegate for the first time this year. I was astounded at the politics even down to the Treasurer and County Commissioner races. I did not accept a thing as a delegate. My State Representative sponsored a table at the SL County Convention dinner ($500, 10 seats). Invited me. I said, OK, but not on your nickel, thanks. And I sent him a $50 campaign donation, the value of the seat. And yet I know delegates that do it for the meals, movies, etc. We have an incredibly corrupt broken system I believe we have to rebuild from the ground up. I am going to push an ethics reform initiative through the SL County GOP, then the Utah GOP over the next two years. I hope you two will help me. So please don’t fault Tim for Loyalty to a great man and War Hero, when the (current) system demands he does. I still revere Senator McCain, I was a High School Junior when he came back from Vietnam and 5 years in a hole in the ground in Hanoi. But lately, he’s misguided, and the system is broken. The Seniority System, Earmarks, and good ole boys club of the RNC all needs to be fixed. I just feel Tim is not one who will lose his soul in the process of fixing it, and support him.


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  7. Jacqueline I presume? I am an avid Tim Supporter and volunteer. I’ve listened to him, and trust him as a man of Integrity. But Holly on the Hill says it better than me.

    Holly: Looking at all of those factors, I have chosen to endorse, support and campaign for Tim Bridgewater. In fact, I feel so strongly about Tim being the right man for the right job at the right time that I am focusing all my efforts on his campaign and only his campaign (sorry, Governor Herbert)! To me, Tim has SHOWN that he is principled. He walks the walk of fiscal conservatism. (As a quick example, just check out his booth at convention compared to some of the other “fiscal conservatives”.) He walks the walk of a 2nd Amendment rights supporter (and user, LOL). He understands trade issues – because he has dealt with them in several venues over the course of his career. He understands economic issues in a feet-on-the-ground way. He knows what it is to make a payroll. He knows how to work hard – he’s done it all his life. He does not act “entitled” – he knuckles down and works for everything he has gotten – even my vote. He understands how to manage and how to lead. He has REAL solutions for the problems we face and talks about how to really go about making change, not just continue to tell us we have a problem. Without fanfare, he just goes to work if he sees a need. He did not just complain about lack of educational choice to best meet his son’s needs – he put in the work to help start a charter school. He is a doer, not a talker – and does not look for public accolades for the service he provides. He has not been content to sit on the political sidelines, only showing up every few years to run for office – or to vote. He has been active and involved for many years, on many levels. He is also just a very nice, down-to-earth guy, who is not only patient and persistent, but he is kind and not at all arrogant. He “plays well with others” AND stands firm on principle – a combination of traits sorely needed in DC today. I invite you to join me in supporting Tim Bridgewater as THE best person for the job of US Senator.


    • Hey Bruce,
      I’m still looking into the different candidates, but one of the things that bothers me about Tim is that he is an avid supporter of John McCain who has been anything but fiscally conservative. Tim does not have a voting record, but John does. We might want to have some more light shed on this before we say he walks the walk of being fiscally conservative.
      Just some thoughts!


    • Yes, I am the author of that post. I highly respect Holly’s opinion. I am grateful for all the good people that have gotten involved as volunteers in each race. This says a lot about what we can expect in November from Republicans in general (I hope.)


  8. My issue with Tim Bridgewater is not that he is a businessman. When he spoke at the Davis 9/12 meeting he spoke at length about what a great conservative John McCain is and how much he supports him. While Tim echoes conservative principles, I don’t believe someone that is a strong supporter of McCain can truly reflect my principles and values. Someone only has to be reminded of his sponsorship of McCain-Kennedy and McCain-Feingold and his leadership in the Gang of 14 to appreciate my point of view.


  9. Assuming both candidates respect the constitutional oath they were to make before entering office – and that’s a big assumption – I would rather see a lawyer than a businessman.

    I say this because I don’t believe our government should be involved in business to begin with. They should not be working towards profit and grow. They should not be working to build a customer base and sway people through clever ad campaigns. A successful business man has shown their remarkable ability to make something out of nothing or more out of less, two things we don’t want in our government.

    On the other hand, our government has an obligation to ensure our freedoms. Freedoms mostly from government itself as was written by our founding fathers. A lawyer will be more effective as he/she has a better understanding of the constitution and how to protect it and use it to protect us. Their forcus would is on keeping the checks and balances in place through law, which our Republic is based on.

    Of course non or this matters, if neither party upholds their oath to office.


  10. “But if there is going to be a lawyer back there, you would want it to be one that understands the Constitution from a Judeo / Christian worldview.”

    “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

    What part of “no religious test” is unclear?


    • Good point, Pete. But a worldview is not a religion. The religious test means you must belong to a certain religion or belong to a certain faith. A worldview is what defines our country. A secular humanist worldview behaves very differently than a Judeo / Christian worldview. Our worldview is what defines our Constitution. We have a President in Washington who is a Constitutional scholar, but I believe he sees the Constitution from a different worldview. He sees is as a charter of negative liberties rather than positives. No kidding? The Constitution is designed to be a charter of negative liberties for the Federal government. It should be what the government cannot do, not what it should do in our behalf. That kind of thinking does not see the world through a Judeo / Christian worldview, what our country was founded on. So the religious test argument you are making is invalid. There is no religious test. I’m not asking him to be a practicing Catholic, Mormon, Jew, Methodist, or even Muslim. I’m asking him to have a worldview that agrees with our founders. And I believe that he does.


  11. I was also surprised that the business thing was an issue for some. When I’ve chatted with a couple of people about it and asked what bothers them, they can’t explain beyond a soundbite then sorta degenerate into how things ‘should be’- meaning zero government involvement

    I don’t disagree with having zero government involvement- it’s a good goal. I just happen to believe you start changing from ‘what is’ and transition to ‘what should be’. Just shaking our fists and speaking about the ideals won’t make them magically happen. It requires action and in order to act, you have to understand the problem.

    You cannot change what you fail to understand. The present system is so complex that it takes years and tons of experience to unravel it. Personally, the economy and PRIVATE sector job creation are huge issues for me. I see Bridgewater’s business experience as a big plus. He can hit the ground running on this issue.


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