He even acknowledged on the tape that he was turning over the running of the state government to his Chief of Staff and Lieutenant Governor during the campaign.“Just so you know, this will be unprecedented for me, because I will be going on the high giddy-up campaign trail for the next few weeks. We’ll come to your office, you bring them in and we will give them quality time, but we’ve got to raise the money, there’s no ifs, ands or buts, we’ve got to raise the money somehow,” Herbert said.In a recent fundraising strategy session with his campaign team and allied lobbyists, which was recorded, Gov.Herbert discussed meeting with rounds of lobbyists one-on-one in kind of “speed dating” to discuss policy issues.
The state’s going to be run by Justin [Harding, the governor’s chief of staff] and the lieutenant governor,” Herbert explained. Herbert is facing a strong primary challenge from conservative businessman Jonathan Johnson.
At the recent Republican Party state convention, Johnson won the backing of 55 percent of the Republican delegates, which triggered the statewide primary.
That a challenger to an incumbent Republican Governor was able to secure a majority of Republican delegates indicates broad opposition to Herbert within the activist base of the Republican party.
Johnson, who is a board member of Overstocked.com, has personal wealth he can tap for the primary race against Herbert.
“However we want to do this — if we want to have multiple meetings or we sit down and talk and you give us a check later or before.