Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, says he’s getting all kinds of crazy emails.
“They are saying I should get boils on my skin, that my insides should rot out, that I should die in pain,” Noel joked with other House members on the Chamber floor before Friday’s session started.
Noel said he has a good attitude toward such taunts.
An email shared with UtahPolicy.com does not hold skimp on the vitriol directed at Noel. The subject line reads, “You are a despicable scumbag.” It does not get better from there.
“May your skin blacken with painful boils before it peels from your bones,” the email reads. “Your next term will be in Hades.”
However, he said he is bothered with “people just lie about me, and my disclosures.”
Noel has been under fire from environmental groups who claim Noel did not disclose land he owned in and near the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. There are claims Noel stands to profit personally from President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink the monument last year. A national group has asked Attorney General Sean Reyes to investigate the matter. A Democratic member of Congress also is asking the Interior Department for clarification on the land issue.
Noel says he has disclosed for years his properties on county records, and that everyone around his area knows what land he owns.
In President Donald Trump’s recent proclamation reducing the size of two national monuments in southern Utah, that 40-acre plot falls out of one of the monuments. Noel has been vocal in fighting monument designations for Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears.