Park City official lauds Utah lieutenant governor of as ‘the real deal’
A member of the Park City Council at a meeting on Tuesday lauded the lieutenant governor of Utah in a statement that was far more overtly political than those typically made by Park City’s elected officials within the halls of the Marsac Building.
City Councilor Tim Henney’s comments were unexpected and were made the day after a group from Park City heard from Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox during a trip to the Capitol. Cox, a Republican, could mount a campaign for governor in 2020. Park City’s elected positions are nonpartisan. Henney, though, is seen as leaning toward the Democratic Party platform, making the comments about Cox even more intriguing.
“He’s a Republican in a red state, and I like him so much because he’s a candidate that builds credibility, legitimacy, and I trust,” Henney said about the lieutenant governor. “And I don’t necessarily align with red state Republican platforms, generally, but I do like to find the best candidate regardless of, you know, party affiliation.”
Henney described Cox as an official that moves between partisan boundaries.
“I’m not a fan of tribalism, and everything I heard from Spencer Cox appealed to me. And he is somebody who can be a counterforce to tribalism and to partisanship politics,” Henney said.
The City Councilor did not explicitly endorse a gubernatorial campaign by Cox, but Henney noted the possibility of the lieutenant governor seeking another post.
“This guy is the real deal, and I look forward to a potential run for a higher office from Spencer Cox,” Henney said.
The Republican gubernatorial ticket of Gov. Gary Herbert and Cox in 2016 narrowly lost Summit County, garnering nearly 47 percent of the vote against the Democratic ticket of Mike Weinholtz and Kim Bowman.
Henney was at the Capitol with the current class of Leadership Park City, a training program designed to prepare participants for broader roles in the community.
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