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Lee’s shutdown strategy: some see it as brilliant, others a giant blunder

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"Thank heavens for Mike Lee is what I’m saying right now," he said.

Friel appreciates that Lee, his favorite Utah politician, is unrelenting, believing that Republicans in general have been far too willing to negotiate and compromise with Obama.

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"He is holding to principle and somebody’s got to do that," he said. "There has been too much caving to political pressure."

While the shutdown hasn’t hit Friel directly, it has impacted his family. His son Bret is an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and has been furloughed.

But Bob Friel has little sympathy for a son who worries about missing a paycheck, believing that this is the time to take a stand.

"He is whining and moaning right now. I said, ‘Buck up, sonny, we have to fix the problem.’ "

tburr@sltrib.com mcanham@sltrib.com

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