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Third-party Senate candidate spreads his message across Utah

By Richard Piatt | Posted - Sep. 14, 2010 at 6:01 p.m.



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CACHE COUNTY -- A Cache County man is crisscrossing the state to let voters know there is another choice for U.S. Senate this fall other than the two major-party candidates.

Who is... Scott Bradley?
Scott Bradley is an independent business owner from Logan who has been involved in Utah politics for over 40 years. The former republican has served as a County Central Committee member, a Precinct Chairman, County Delegate, State Delegate, and State Central Committee member of the Republican Party of Utah. He made the switch to the Constitution Party to "better champion the Constitution."

Scott Bradley is Constitution Party candidate running alongside Republican Mike Lee and Democrat Sam Granato. Bradley is a serious student of history who says his platform is the Constitution itself.

"You're going to get more of the same if you elect either one of the other candidates," Bradley said.

Bradley is not very well known, but he's working hard to change that.

Traveling around the state, often alone, he wrote a book called "To Preserve the Nation." The book, like his campaign platform, has a basic premise: Bradley says strict adherence to original Constitutional principles are the solution to the nation's problems.

What is... the Constitution Party?
The Constitution party aims to restore the U.S. government to its Constitutional limits and the law to its Biblical foundations. It is the third largest party in terms of registered voters with 367,000 members nationwide.

"My intention is not to run against anybody. My intention is restoration: the restoration of the principles this nation was founded on," he said. "If we kept our actions within those boundaries, all these other things would have a quick solution. Our deficits would vaporize."

And, Bradley says, so would problems regarding abortion, health care, immigration, taxation, gun control -- the list goes on.

At speaking engagements across the state like one held in Clinton, Utah, Tuesday -- which he calls "Freedom Forums" -- Bradley says he wants the Constitution as it was in 1787 -- the original intent of the document.

Among the issues he targets are the 14th and 17th Amendments, concerning birthright citizenship and election of Senate candidates.

Current interpretations are not the original intent of the founding fathers, Bradley says.

"When we got the Constitution, when it was brought forth, ratified, got the Bill of Rights and the nation applied those principals, then suddenly we began to stand tall," he said.

Neither Democrat Sam Granato or Republican Mike Lee have much to say about Bradley's presence in the campaign. Granato's campaign Tuesday just said he "welcomes all candidates in this race."

Scott Bradley is not included in many candidate forums or debates where Lee and Granato are appearing. He is hoping to gather enough support -- and apply enough pressure -- to get a place beside them.

E-mail: rpiatt@ksl.com

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