Chaffetz escorts a Democrat deep into conservative Utah
Moab • Between bites of his Dutch-oven dinner, Rep. Elijah Cummings throws out a bomb of a question and then a knowing wink.
"So, what do all of you think of Washington?"
The Maryland Democrat looked to his left and his right, surrounded by Republican leaders in rural Utah. State Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, sought a polite answer, a friendly grin showing below his white Stetson.
Finally, he manages: "It’s a nice tourist spot."
Bruce Adams was equally chummy, a hand draped over the back of Cummings’ chair in the old country dining hall. But the San Juan County Commission chairman wasn’t going to dodge the question.
"They are the enemy. They are uninformed," he said. "That’s why it is refreshing to have your eyes and ears on the ground here."
And that was the point, at least part of it.
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