Is it a shock that McMullin is currently unable to repay his alleged 2016 campaign debt?

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin speaks at a rally, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Salt Lake City. McMullin answered questions at a University of Utah candidates’ forum as he tries to fend off a new wave of criticism from Republican Donald Trump supporters who are trying to stop McMullin from winning what is became a draw state. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Evan McMullin apparently incurred a debt of approximately $670,000 when running for the Senate against Mike Lee in 2016. A debt he reluctantly was unable to repay immediately to several vendors, the highest amount being d about $500,000 to a law firm in Florida.

On the attack ads falsely claiming that McMullin had refused to pay the debt, he indicated that at the time he was working hard to eventually get it out. Not so shocking that he couldn’t refund immediately.

One way to repay is to use some of the political contributions he receives for his 2022 senatorial run against Lee. If he doesn’t use it all for the current election bid, the law allows him to use the rest to pay off the previous debt from 2016.

Lee’s political attack ads focus on McMullin’s non-payment of the 2016 debt. I don’t claim to understand all the details of the debt, but I do understand the difficulty for a relatively unknown person to come forward against a Senate incumbent with unlimited black money and campaign volunteers at no cost to his personal wallet.

Put yourself in McMullin’s shoes with limited personal funds and very little volunteer help campaigning against a Trump-backed incumbent able to reward contributors regarding future legislation furthering their personal financial interests. Hundreds of thousands of dollars flooding the airways with campaign ads costing Lee nothing.

What choice did an anonymous like McMullin have to compete on this unfair basis? He didn’t have the $670,000 to try to somehow counter Lee’s financial onslaught. Is it a shock that McMullin is currently unable to repay his alleged debt? What if you had decided to run?

I believe that McMullin is a completely honorable person and will try to pay off the debt once he becomes a senator and is eligible for non-binding financial aid as a senator.

Raymond A. Hult, Bountiful

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