Sam Granato on Principles & Values
Lee said that his views match Utahns who "are reclaiming their right to constitutionally limited government. We have to focus on limiting the size, scope, reach and power of the federal government."
When asked about his religious background, however, he says that he "grew up in a family with a lot of dynamics." He was brought up a Mormon by his mother, whose ancestors came from Ireland to Utah with Brigham Young and helped settle areas in southern Utah at Young's direction. His father, Frank Granato, however, was "an inactive Catholic but very active Italian," and, thus, proud of his Catholic heritage. He also was an influential Democrat.
The criticism remains valid. Even at the end of July, his campaign Website only listed three issues--health-care reform, Wall Street reform and job creation--and, in all three, Granato basically says "there's a problem" without offering any solutions.
That safe approach for Granato comes across while watching Granato talk to people. When challenged about his work ethic or questioned about his stance on a particular issue, he will often respond with a joke, or a platitude like "I do things, instead of say things."
Another aspect of the campaign strategy is to let Lee talk about the issues, because his "extreme" positions will scare most voters. Granato, on the other hand, will continue to emphasize that he will be a senator of the people, instead of a senator of ideology. "The campaign isn't issues only, nor should it be. It's about the candidates as human beings, because you're electing a person to back and represent you. Sam is somebody you can trust," the spokesperson says.
Watching him campaign, it appears that he's simply having fun being a candidate and hates it when somebody ruins it with politics.
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