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Letter: A shoutout to Utah Sen. Mike Lee

Letter to the Editor Deseret News

As I found my airline seat in the coach cabin several months ago, I was surprised to be sitting next to Sen. Mike Lee. He was busily working on his mobile device. When I finally interrupted him, I remarked that he probably hoped the person sitting next to him wouldn’t start talking and keep him from his work. He pleasantly replied that he didn’t mind at all if the person was friendly. Obviously, others had been rude and demeaning in their conversations with him. How far have we sunk as a nation when some politicians openly call for the harassment of other public servants who don’t share their same views?

The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings had just concluded, and it was fascinating to hear from an actual participant what actually happened during the drama of those several days. Sen. Lee shared several other insights regarding the 2018 elections, and the gridlock of partisanship that has engulfed Washington, D.C.

I appreciated Sen. Lee’s friendliness and graciousness for answering and expanding on every question I peppered him with. Toward the end of our enlightening conversation, he reached into his suit coat pocket and retrieved a copy of the U.S. Constitution from which he quoted to emphasize a point. Kudos to Sen. Lee for his love of the Constitution and his passion for preserving its precepts.

AJ Smith

Salt Lake City