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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