Local supporters of congressional candidate Andrew Badger conducted a honk and wave at Main and 200 North streets in Logan on May 23.
KIMBALL JUNCTION – Candidate Andrew Badger is running an angry, insurgent campaign for Congress and it appears to be working.
“It’s time for a revolution,” Badger says, “not just in our country, but also in our party. We cannot elect establishment Republicans and expect change.”
Badger, a former civilian intelligence officer, is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Blake Moore in the Utah’s 1st Congressional District and former Morgan County commissioner Tina Cannon in the upcoming June 28 GOP primary.
Moore, he says, is a “squishy RINO (Republican in name only) who needs to be kicked to the curb.
“Establishment Republicans fought (former President Donald) Trump harder than they now fight (President Joe) Biden,” Badger explains. “My opponent, Blake Moore, helped to pass a censure resolution against Trump; he’s yet to even mention one against Biden.”
Badger’s fiery rhetoric is gaining traction in the heavily conservative 1st Congressional District.
Moore is fighting for his political life after a poor showing at the Republican state nominating convention on April 23.
After three rounds of balloting, Badger narrowly missed capturing the GOP nomination with 59.3 percent of the ballots cast as opposed to Moore’s 40.7 percent.
“As the Utah GOP convention made clear,” Badger says, “this is a contest between a grassroots candidate backed by the people and a big-donor funded candidate backed by the establishment.”
Badger insists that Moore spent 10 times the amount he did in the run-up to the convention, but his volunteer team still won by nearly 20 percent.
Since arriving in Washington in 2021, Moore has acquired a reputation for bipartisan cooperation with Democrats. He defends that impulse as the only way to get things done in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. But that excuse seemed to cut no ice with GOP delegates to the state nominating convention.
Badger says he is well-equipped to deal with the complexities of Washington politics.
After a two-year mission in South Korea for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in Government and Middle Eastern Studies, then went on to Oxford University to obtain a master’s in Diplomacy.
His professional experience includes a stint with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, where he volunteered for duty in Afghanistan in 2014.
“Our catastrophic defeat in Kabul last summer convinced me that our elected representatives aren’t willing to hold this government accountable,” he says.
If elected, Badger promises to do that and more, including asserting more aggressive congressional oversight of the Biden administration; dismantling the so-called deep state and returning power back to local government; and, returning to Trump’s “America First” platform.
Badger admits that all of those goals are dependent on true Republican conservatives reclaiming control of both houses of Congress in the midterm elections in November.
“A republic cannot survive if a significant portion of its citizens do not have confidence in the integrity of its electoral outcomes or procedures,” he acknowledges.
To restore that trust, Badger advocates for voter identification; signature verification on absentee ballots; ending mass mail-in balloting; auditing voter rolls; and, ensuring that state legislatures – not courts – write election rules.
“I believe that it’s time for a new generation of conservative leaders to fight back against a corrupt and unaccountable establishment in the District of Columbia,” Badger says. “We can return power back to everyday Americans who just want more control over their own lives.
“We are fighting to preserve our way of life,” Badger argues. “Not just for us, but for future generations of Americans.”
Badger is scheduled to face off against Moore and Cannon in a debate being hosted by the Utah Debate Commission on Thursday, June 2 at 2 p.m. That event will be carried live by KVNU.
He will also attend a meet and greet with local candidates for elected positions on Saturday, June 11 at noon at Green Canyon High School, according to Cache County GOP Party Chair Shellie Giddings.