Is Utah Sen. Mike Lee Trying To Lose His Reelection?

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is facing a unique challenge this year from independent candidate Evan McMullin, with recent polling showing Lee with a narrow lead roughly around the margin of error and an internal poll released by the McMullin campaign even showing him with a one-point lead.

As much of a spectacle as that was for Lee to go on Fox News to beg for help from his fellow Republican Senator, Sunday’s opinion page of the Salt Lake Tribune might surpass it.

The op-ed headlined “Mike Lee has earned a reputation as a principled conservative” had a byline of “Mike Lee.” It’s a short piece — only seven paragraphs comprised of less than 300 words — and adopts the overly earnest tone of a middle schooler’s book report and was mocked for the third-person writing.

“Mike Lee serves as a United States senator representing the state of Utah,” Mike Lee begins his op-ed writing about how great Mike Lee is. “Since taking office, Senator Lee has earned a reputation as a principled conservative. He believes elected officials are responsible for keeping the federal government within its constitutionally limited role.”

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