Republican Senator Steve Urquhart's endorsement of Ben McAdams for Salt Lake County Mayor has touched off a bit of a firestorm online.
Urquhart writes on his blog that after his endorsement of McAdams, he got a threatening call from Crockett's campaign manager, Randy O'Hara.
I didn't want to say anything at all about Mark Crockett—and I didn't. No big deal. But then Crockett had his campaign manager call to harass and threaten me for endorsing Ben. So, I'll go ahead and share an aspect of my thinking, which Crockett and his campaign clearly ratified with the nutty, unhinged phone call.
I do think Ben McAdams is outstanding. That stands alone. On the other side of the ticket, I simply don't think that Mark Crockett is stable enough to be county mayor. He can't handle disagreement in a mature way.
My interest in Salt Lake politics started with Rocky Anderson. I thought Rocky hurt the capital city and the State, by being unnecessarily polarizing, hostile and emotionally immature. Salt Lake County (and the State of Utah) doesn't need a Rocky from the right, and yesterday's unbridled call has me further convinced that would be the case with Crockett.
Urquhart then posted a link to his blog post on Twitter, and O'Hara decided to respond -