Behind the Headlines

Burgess Owens’ debate snub, Mike Lee’s overture to Mitt Romney and lessons for Great Salt Lake

(Xiangyao “Axe” Tang | Pool) Darlene McDonald, left, and January Walker speak in a 4th Congressional District debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Rep. Burgess Owens did not attend and was represented by an empty podium.

At the last minute, Republican Rep. Burgess Owens pulls out of a scheduled political debate, citing objections to the event’s moderator: Salt Lake Tribune Executive Editor Lauren Gustus. Owens says the newspaper she leads is racist because of a political cartoon it published equating the congressman’s own fear-stoking rhetoric about immigrants to that of the Ku Klux Klan. Plus, Sen. Mike Lee pleads for Mitt Romney’s endorsement in the upcoming November election. And lessons from the western edge of the Great Basin for the Great Salt Lake.

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