Republican Mike Lee Says He’s “Working” During Shutdown and Wants His Pay — Then Lies About Saying It

mike-leeSome of you might know Utah Senator Mike Lee as one of the right-hand men standing with Ted Cruz behind the initial Republican push for a government shutdown.  He often stood side by side with Cruz pushing for a shutdown if “Obamacare” wasn’t defunded.

You could say he’s one of the key figures that started this whole mess to begin with.

Oh, and he’s an absolute scumbag and a liar.  “Shocking,” I know.

See, Senator Lee did an interview with KUTV in Salt Lake City, where he said that he was “working” during the shutdown, therefore he wouldn’t forego his pay while the government was closed.

Well, apparently when news broke of this story, Lee’s Communications Director came out with a statement saying that the story was wrong, and that Lee would be donating all of his pay during the shutdown to charity.

Unfortunately for Senator Lee, it’s 2013 — there’s this thing called the Internet and something called technology, which makes finding out who’s telling the truth in this whole situation easily verifiable.

So KUTV, eager to prove that they weren’t fabricating a story, quickly posted the full version of Lee’s interview he conducted with them.  The reporter asked Lee about some in Congress who have decided to donate, or refuse, their pay during the shutdown, and if he would be following their example:

Reporter: Do you have any plans to do something like that?

Mike Lee: I don’t.

Reporter: So you will continue to be paid, right?

Mike Lee: I’m working, I’ll continue to be paid.

And that’s what you call being busted flat-out lying.

Doing “the right thing” isn’t really doing the right thing if you have to essentially be forced to do it — which is exactly what happened here.  Much like North Carolina Representative Renee Ellmers, who made the asinine claim that she wouldn’t be deferring her pay because she needed her paycheck (she has now decided to defer her pay during the shutdown due to overwhelming negativity resulting from her comments), Lee appears to be following the same example of only doing the right thing after intense public backlash.

But even in “doing the right thing” he still blatantly lied about it.  He basically tried to throw KUTV under the bus and insinuate that they were fabricating the story.  Well, that was until they released the full interview where he said exactly what they reported, and they proved Senator Lee is a liar.

So not only is this man one of the key figures behind this ridiculous government shutdown in the first place, he fully expected to keep every bit of his pay during the shutdown.  Then when a news station reports exactly what he said to them, damage control kicks in.  Lee’s Communications Director basically says the station is lying and that Lee planned to donate his pay all along.

Sure he did.

With “morals” and “ethics” like we’ve seen here, it’s easy to see why he and Ted Cruz seem to be two peas in a pod.

They’re both scumbags.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • onewhoknows

    And how will we know if they really donated their paychecks? Would be nice if they were collected into a slush fund for the real workers in washing who didn’t get a choice on collecting a salary.. Interns, security, park workers, etc. They are the ones who need it the most.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      I’ll bet it will be far easier to prove Democrats donated their checks.

      • onewhoknows

        Why does it have to be one vs another? ALL of their checks should be collected.

      • dragontech64

        How about because it is the GOP that threw the nation under the bus, and has shown time and again that they don’t give a damn about human beings, only about multinational corporations run by the stinking rich.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        AMEN BROTHER…but it will never happen.

      • debiannj

        Senator Coons from Delaware said he was refusing his check. Haven’t heard from Rep Carney or Senator Carper.

    • debiannj

      If they donate it, they get the tax write off for it. It would be easy to check when the taxes are reported. But I think that they need to stop the checks from coming out of the treasury period. When they fix the budget, they get their money. Not one minute before. Maybe they can lay off the guy that pushes the button.

  • Robbo

    And I’m sure that Senator Lee is donating the money to the Mormon Church and using it towards his “Tithing” requirement for the year. Namely he is donating it, but would have donated it anyway.

    • mngrayfox

      He’s learned well from the likes of Mitt Romney! Ever wonder why MItt did not pay income taxes for all those years he would not produce his income tax statements for? All scumbags are the same!! Liars all!!

    • debiannj

      The government should stipulate which charities they should donate to. If Lee donates to the LDS, they are liable to turn around and either give it back to him or give him tax credits for more than he donates.

  • Chuck W

    He’s working so he deserves his paycheck? So are friends of mine who work for the Social Security office, and they deserve their paycheck too. But they aren’t getting theirs, are they? But if they refuse to come in and work for nothing, they will be fired. Isn’t that slavery?

    • Sean

      At least they get to work. Some of us a aren’t even allowed that distraction from oh hey where’s my pay check? We’re not even allowed to show up to our jobs. But I agree he’s full of shit, because as a member of Congress your job is not about the paycheck, it is about serving the people, the paycheck is merely the acknowledged courtesy that you too need to live while supposedly serving “the people’s” interest.

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      • Bob H

        Fanta, it is slavery until they get paid.
        If they will be fired if they don’t come in, and won’t be paid until legislation is passed.
        That is slavery.

      • Che

        You’re fucking crazy.

    • Che

      It’s hard to believe they’ll be fired. It’s next to impossible to get fired if you work for the government.

      • Dennis Baxter

        Just ask a Congressman.

      • GPFandango

        Sorry, but with the attack on public service unions, it’s a whole new ballgame.

  • RJG

    they will compensate themselves from their campaign funds … trust me, they will not do without.

    • saltcay

      I’m sure the Koch Brothers will be more than happy to repay them anything that they “donate”!

  • James

    We should promote giving him the nickname “Lying Mike”.


  • He obviously has a severe case of “Romneysia”, a disease known to cause the afflicted person to contradict himself twice a day while hoping that others will forget his earlier statements.

    • Robert Martin

      And the ACA will even cover that. It is after all, according to the President when he diagnosed Romney’s case, “Obamacare covers preexisting conditions” … but maybe that’s why Sen. Lee wants to defund it… because the diagnosis is VERY accurate and he might not have to worry about the coverage and continue to spout of inane, idiotic things like all the other Tea Partiers do.

  • John Cross

    There is Dumb. There is Dumber. And then there is your average TP Representative.

  • labman57

    The mantra of out-of-touch, self-serving Republicans:
    “Full pay and benefits for me, and none for thee”.

    They genuinely seemed shocked when they experience the public backlash over this empathy-devoid mindset.

  • mickey

    i’m still waiting to here from jim gerlach in PA. about this

  • barblu

    I’ll donate my paycheck to charity – Oh yeah, then I get to take the tax deduction for it – I don’t NEED the paycheck – I don’t have to pay for anything anyway – I get per diem, medical, pension, lobby gifts, and a whole bunch of other good stuff so this doesn’t hurt ME!!!! Too bad about you little guys!

  • dagobarbz

    It is incredibly amusing to see these old, ignorant farts trying to navigate their yesterday reality in today’s world, where your interviews are up on Youtube, your words are recorded on the internet forever. There is not walking it back. There is no dodging a video of you saying the very thing you denied saying after saying it was taken out of context. Sound familiar? It should. It’s been happening a lot. They just don’t get today’s technology or culture.They don’t realize that their words can always be retrieved with a few mouse clicks.

    It’s like, we’re playing Blurnball and they still have the Baseball manual out.

    • Bob H

      The funniest thing about it, is that Mike Lee isn’t that old.
      He is just a lying scumbag, playing by the old rules.
      You got the rest of it spot on.
      I just don’t think that it is an age thing. It is a thing where politicians in general and Republicans and tea partiers in particular have forgotten that it is much easier to tell the truth, and you won’t have to worry about covering up your lies.

      • dagobarbz

        You are absolutely right about this not being an age thing, although it often is. I think it’s also a tendency to keep on in that old rut, hiring young hip n’ diggy types to handle the online aspect of a campaign, as they are clearly too ignorant to handle it. The path of a candidate is laid out already. The internet is still underestimated, yet they pretty much continue to ignore its potential. Good thing, too. It’d be funnier than it already is, this reality show starring any GOP clown happening across the stage at any given time.

  • JLP

    I’m from Utah and am completely embarrassed and frustrated with Mike Lee. He is the worst of the worst, his politics are toxic. I sincerely hope Utahn’s will wake up and throw this guy out in 2014. But, it’s highly unlikely because Utah Republicans live in a bubble.

    • Bob H

      Mike Lee isn’t up for re-election until 2016.
      He is a senator, with a 6 year term. He was voted in during the 2010 election.
      If you watch the senators, you can tell the ones that are up for re-election shortly.
      The Republican leadership in the Senate is quiet, because they are up for re-election in 2014.
      Mitch McConnell KY and John Cornyn TX have been very quiet during this shutdown.
      McConnell is already facing heavy tea party opposition during the primary, so he can’t say much at all.
      I’m not sure about Cornyn in TX, but I haven’t seen or heard of him saying anything before or during the shutdown. Have you ever known a Texan that wasn’t talking good or bad about something?

      • JLP

        Thanks for clearing that up for me. For some reason I thought he was voted in during the 2008 election. I guess I’m suffering from wishful thinking.

      • richir

        lots of grumbling and throwing of the RINO label toward Cornyn’s way since he’s not lockstepping with the junior senator

  • katherine norton malek

    None of these goobers were working BEFORE the shutdown! Holding votes (40+ to repeal ACA) over & over & getting nothing worthy passed with respect to “jobs jobs jobs” (he platform the ALL ran for office on), obstructing every attempt made to move our economy forward like minimum wage increases, equal pay for women, jobs for veterans, campaign funding & tax reform…is NOT considered working. If I sat at my desk all damned day but did nothing, my company would NOT view that as ‘work’. Work is when you get your to-do list done. Theirs is very long & NONE of its been done. Govmnt shutdown aside, they do nothing to earn their pay. Rhetoric & talking points to media – is NOT on their to do lists but thats ALL they do. Nice work if you can get it. Paid for nothing but getting themselves in the news.

  • Fuck you, Mike Lee

  • Rick Heath

    Why are these corporate lapdogs getting paid in the first place? What ever happened to being public servants? My my understanding of the definition of servant… you dont get paid at all to start with….

  • Michael Hoksbergen

    I want to see the receipts from the places that they claim to have “donated” their pay!

  • Suluby

    How ’bout the DC police who work every day to protect everyone in DC – Senators and Representatives and all their staff ….. don’t *THEY* deserve their paychecks, too??

  • JanisArnoldDravenieks

    Scumbags like this need to turn over all monies from special interests (lobbies) too.

  • LJB

    Obviously Republicans saying they’ll donated their pay but who are already known to be scum-bag liars are going to say they did pass on pay cheques, but probably won’t. So they’ll have to actually prove it with documentation to be believed. Mike Lee , I’m talking to you!

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  • Robert R

    I am from UT and we on the left call him “short sale” Lee after he short sold his home to the tune of $300,000 loss. He said he didn’t make enough money, now that he was a senator to make the payments. So why did you run? Mike Lee would like to run the government like he runs his house, SHORT SALE!