Convention of Statesmen



Dear Friends:

The Los Angeles Times recently published a story about a man in Utah who has dedicated much of his free time and disposable income toward helping elect a new type of Republican to the United States Senate.

The article included this line, which caught my attention. It describes the movement taking place right now, which is motivating him and millions of other Americans to take action to save their country.

It is an awakening, he suggests, of conservatives who say that government must be rooted more firmly in the Constitution and that lawmakers need to focus less on power, perks and pork-barrel spending.

It is an awakening -- a realization that the Constitution was written to restrain the federal government so it cannot take away our freedoms.

The man in the story is working day and night to help elect Mike Lee, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Utah. I hope you will help Mike too.

Over 3,000 delegates gathered at the Utah State Nominating Convention to select two candidates to be on ballot for the June 22nd Republican primary. The convention made national news because the delegates eliminated the incumbent Senator, thereby ending his 18-year career.

One of the two candidates who emerged was Mike Lee -- an expert in constitutional law and the most reliable conservative in the race.

Mike Lee is the son of Rex Lee, who was one of the most prominent defenders of the Constitution in the past thirty years. Rex Lee served as Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan and was the President of Brigham Young University. But most importantly, he was a father to a son whom he taught to love the Constitution.

After law school, Mike practiced appellate law, served as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office, and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Mike also started a project called the Article I Society, where he gave lectures on the Constitution and the limits it places on the authority of Congress.

Mike Lee is running for the U.S. Senate today because Washington has ignored the Constitution that was created to protect Americans from a government that spends too much, taxes too much, and regulates too much. Mike and his wife Sharon have three young children, and they want their kids to inherit a country as free and as strong as the one they grew up in.

Since he started his campaign, Mike has been the conservative standout.

Mike was the first candidate in this race to support the Enumerated Powers Act, which forces Congress to justify -- under Article I -- the constitutional authority for any legislation it adopts.
Mike was the first candidate in this race to point out that the individual mandate in the President's health care takeover was unconstitutional. He was the first to sign the pledge to repeal it.

Mike was the first candidate in this race to stand up to the reckless spending in Washington by pledging to ban earmarks and to support a Balanced Budget Amendment.

Mike was the first candidate in this race to stand up to the idea of career politicians by pledging to support a term limits for members of the House and the Senate.

Mike is focused on limiting our government in a way that I have not seen from many candidates. He knows that the government should not be subsidizing, bailing out, and taking over private companies. He would have opposed the Wall Street bailout and I need his help to end bailouts forever.

At the beginning of every lawmaker's term in office, he or she goes through a swearing-in ceremony. Most see it as just a formality or a special occasion to commemorate the event by having their picture taken with the Speaker of the House or the Vice President.

But the oath is a pledge to "support and defend" the Constitution, and we desperately need new leaders like Mike Lee who take it seriously. For Mike, the Constitution is not an abstract idea or a campaign slogan. He knows it's the road map for changing the course of our country.

If Mike is elected to the Senate, he will add his voice to the growing number of new Republicans who understand that supporting and defending the Constitution will restore the greatness of America.

Please join me in supporting Mike Lee's Senate campaign today. Make a contribution so he can get his conservative message out before the June 22nd Republican primary.

Mike's opponent is self-funding his campaign rather than relying on grass roots support from donors like you. Let's make sure Mike has the resources he needs to win this race. If we all work together, we can do it.

It's not good enough to just be a Republican anymore. We need true leaders who are going to stand up for the Constitution when it's popular and when it's not. We need constitutional conservatives like Mike Lee.

Thank you for your support. The next few months are extremely critical to our nation's future. Please continue to do whatever you can to support the conservative comeback.


Jim DeMint
United States Senator

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