In an interview at Merit's headquarters, chief executive Fred Lampropoulos called the tax "egregious" and "unfair." But he also said Lee's crusade went too far.
"I'm an Army officer and I'm a businessman," said Lampropoulos, a major GOP fundraiser. "Tactics and strategy are very important. You've got to pick your fights."
Asked whether he would back Lee's re-election, Lampropoulos leaned back in his leather chair and sat silent for about 20 seconds. "He has to convince me to vote for him again," he said.