This week on an interview on the Salem Radio’s Hugh Hewitt Show, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), opened up about a closed-door conference of GOP Senators that occurred earlier this week. Below is some of the transcript from the show:
Hewitt: There was, allegedly, a Republican Senate conference earlier this week where your colleague Ted Cruz took a lot of slings and arrows. Were you there, Sen. Lee?
Lee: Yes, Yes! I was there and normally I don’t comment at all on closed-door meetings among Republican Senators. It’s a pretty strict rule we follow. The one exception wIll make is in circumstances like this one where the contents of the meeting were leaked, deliberately, by several of my colleagues and leaked in a very one-sided way so I’m happy to tell you about it here.
Hewitt: Please do.
Lee: It was an all-out attack against Ted Cruz and me. It was unflattering, it was unfair, it was demeaning. It was demeaning to Senator Ted Cruz and to me, but more than anything it was demeaning to those who engaged in the attack.
Hewitt: How many Senators rose to speak against you guys?
Lee: Quite a few, enough that I lost count. And you know I have to ask the question, you know, why were those who leaked this, and leaked this in a very unflattering, unfavorable way, why were they not willing to attach their names to those quotes?
You know Ted Cruz and I spoke after the meeting and we both concluded we would both be fine with the American people hearing and seeing exactly what we said in that meeting. But we’re pretty sure that most of our colleagues would be very uncomfortable, and downright embarrassed if their constituents saw the way they were behaving.
Below is audio of the interview with Sen. Lee and Hugh Hewitt.
I find this appalling that a midst the government shutdown, the GOP establishment feels it necessary to attack members of their own party who have been working hard for the American people. They should be more focused on discussing how to work on and pass legislation to fund the government and defund or delay Obamacare for a year while they debate.
My hope is that they end the petty arguments and are work on what is best for the American people.