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.
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.