‘Utah Politics’ podcast: Get to know Blake Moore, a new congressman from Utah

Moore will take over for the retiring Rep. Rob Bishop.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Rep.-elect Blake Moore on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Rep.-elect Blake Moore says it’s time for the Republican Party to acknowledge Democrat Joe Biden will be the next president.

“President Trump has every right to explore his legal options when it comes to this election. But the states have certified the result. The Electoral College has voted, so we need to respect that,” said Moore during an interview on the “Utah Politics” podcast.

Moore, who will take over for Rep. Rob Bishop in January, says he has no intention to join other Republicans who may have plans to challenge the Electoral College results on Jan. 6 when Congress meets to certify the election. He also did not support more than 100 of his future Republican House colleagues signing an amicus brief backing a Texas lawsuit challenging the election results in four states that voted for Biden in November. That lawsuit was quickly slapped down by the Supreme Court.

“I support the Supreme Court decision,” said Moore. “They made their decision based on the Constitution. Ultimately, that should instill a lot of confidence.”

Moore also discussed the issues he’s hoping to work on once the new Congress gets underway, and the areas where he may be able to find common ground with members of the Democratic majority.

Also on the podcast, we talk with Tribune reporter Taylor Stevens about a recent article detailing spending in the Operation Rio Grande effort.