On December 1 former state lawmaker Morgan Philpot announced that he would challenge fellow Republican Governor Gary Herbert and Wednesday night he came to Cache Valley looking for support. Philpot spoke at a town hall meeting hosted by the new Cache Valley Citizens Forum. He described current Governor Gary Herbert as a “good man” but said he has not done enough to assert the state’s power in the face of the federal government. He said Herbert has also failed to control spending. “Our current governor has just proposed the largest budget ever in the history of Utah: $12.9 billion, the largest proposal by a sitting governor in the history of Utah,” Philpot told the group in attendance. “He and Jon Huntsman, Jr. have also, under their budgets, increased our federal dependency.” Philpot says the federal government, as it stands right now, is leading the nation toward a European-style socialist democracy. A lawyer by profession, Philpot says he would fight the federal government’s power to enforce Obamacare with lawsuits and would even be willing to be taken away in handcuffs in defiance of the law.
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