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October 23, 2013

In Utah, tea party favorite Sen. Lee faces GOP backlash over government shutdown


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.

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