"There's a huge disconnect between conservative principles and conservative politics," said Enid Greene Mickelsen, a former U.S. congresswoman and former Utah Republican Party chairwoman. Then she got specific: "Greg Curtis is not conservative," she said of Utah's Speaker of the House.
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The soccer stadium deal in Sandy, Curtis's stomping ground, was a favorite target. Local governments didn't want to subsidize the project, but then the state's "conservative" government stepped in and handed over $35 million.And what will you actually do about it? Zip. But hey, at least the Sutherland Institute is finding things to occupy itself these days. Those daily pro-voucher studies were a blogger's best friend.
"They weren't breaking even and the taxpayers helped them get over the hump," said Sutherland president Paul Mero, who added that conservative leaders were wearing team jerseys at the news conference and were proud of it.