For UtahStandardNews.com / Oct 9, 2019
Updated Oct 10, 2019
Utah District 02 Congressional Candidate, Mary Burkett of St. George, announced today that she is calling on Senator Mitt Romney to end his personal vendetta and war of words against President Trump and begin working to unite, rather than divide, the Republican Party and America.
In a statement, Burkett said: “Senator Romney’s attacks on President Trump are appalling. He attacks the President’s personal style and behavior, but not the substance of what President Trump has achieved for America. As a Senator who votes with the President 79.2% of the time, I wonder why Senator Romney feels it is necessary to further divide the country this way.
My mother used to say that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. With the amount of media attention Senator Romney receives, he should be using his platform to give support to the President’s agenda, work on uniting a fractured Republican Party, and help to begin healing the rift in American society.
I taught my children that real leaders lead by example, by their actions. I expect as much from my Senator. As a man who spends a lot of time complaining about the lack of decorum shown by the President, I expect Senator Romney to exhibit some, even if he doesn’t personally like the man in the Oval Office right now.
Most Americans are well aware of the animosity between these two men. It is not appropriate for a sitting Senator to throw gas on the fire of conjecture and half truths in pursuit of winning his personal squabble with the President. Like the rest of us, he needs to give the time required to examine all of the facts and get to the truth.
Senator Romney was elected to represent the people of Utah. What he does in our name matters and affects every Utahan.
Senator Romney would do well focusing his energy on real problems in this country, particularly our out of control national debt, comprehensive immigration reform, and veterans’ issues.”
Burkett also released an open letter to the Senator:
Dear Senator Romney:
You are misusing the power given you by the people of Utah. Instead of doing what’s right for the people, you are adding fuel to a destructive fire that burns at the very foundations of our beloved Republic.
On November 9, 2016, liberals threw down the gauntlet, declaring war on the Republic and on We the People. Nearly three years later and not only does a war rage on, you have sided with those that want nothing other than to destroy an individual. That individual happens to be the President of the United States.
Who are the casualties along the way? Who will suffer long term? The opposition could not care less about how others are effected. They have demonstrated this repeatedly.
But Senator, YOU know better. You KNOW that when someone is down, you are responsible to help lift them.
And don’t even try to use that line about how things in politics are different. No. Kindness applies to ALL of life’s situations.
Whether you like it or not, Donald Trump is President of the United States. Nothing in the Constitution or any law in the land exists mandating that you or any American LIKE the person in the White House.
Common decency dictates that you put others before your own interests. By ending your vendetta against this President, you are serving your constituents, the very people who, as you well know, have been experiencing buyer’s remorse in your case.
I am imploring you to listen to Abraham Lincoln, “We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
Senator, swallow some pride. End the feud. Do the right thing. Help this President stand against his enemies. Help this President keep his campaign promises. Not only will you be helping the President, you will be serving your constituents, the very purpose for which you were elected.
Thank you, Mary Burkett
Candidate for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District
Ed’s note: Mary is Utah’s lone voice in bringing this issue to light.
Mary Burkett was born in Southern New Jersey, raised in Southern California, and has lived in Utah for many years. She and her husband, a semi-retired physician, have lived in Washington County for 15 years, moving from Salt Lake County. Mary is the mother of six, grandmother of thirty, and great grandmother to one. Mary believes in hard work and self-reliance and has instilled these same values in her kids. An example of what hard work and determination can achieve, Mary graduated from the University of Utah while raising six children as a single mother.
Mary has been involved in Republican politics in Utah for many years and is well-known in Republican circles statewide. During years of volunteer work in Utah Republican politics, Mary has served as a Precinct Chair, Washington County Vice-Chair, and as a member of the Utah Republican State Central Committee. Mary is the epitome of a grassroots Republican volunteer, attending committee meetings, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and being a leader in her community.
As a Constitutional Conservative, Mary believes in individual responsibility and accountability as the best way to live the American dream.
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