Sunday, November 3 2013, 06:37 PM MST
Senator Mike Lee's Rock Star Reception
(KUTV) Amidst criticism of his handling of the government shutdown and his attempt to defund the Affordable Care Act, Senator Mike Lee Saturday was surrounded by hundreds of supporters who say they're proud of his actions.
The crowd chanted "We Like Mike" and "Hold The Line" and cheered on Senator Lee who said, "This is what it sounds like, this is what it feels like, when we take on the establishment!" In response to his no compromise attitude, Sen. Lee told the crowd, "Some people criticized me for that. Some people called that radical. But I said this is exactly what I promised to do and I'm just keeping me promise to my voters in Utah." They were words followed by loud cheers and applause.
While the majority of those who gathered were Lee supporters, there were some who came to share their disapproval.
One group carried signs that read "Shutdown Senator Lee" and spoke of the millions the shutdown cost taxpayers, accusing Lee of only representing a small group.
Utah's Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis issued a statement on the rally, saying Utahns deserved an apology, not a publicity stunt. It read in part, "Mike Lee doesn't speak for Utah. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, progressives and genuine conservatives join hands in being appalled by the freshman senator's grenade-throwing governing tactics."
By Amy Nay
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)