Tuesday, March 4 2014, 02:57 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Building a Thick Skin
SHAUNA LAKE: Are you getting a thick skin? Are you learning to deal with people who don’t like you as much?
SEAN REYES: You know I’ve always been around very diverse environments with very divergent feelings. I mean look, I was…I’m a conservative LDS guy who went to law school at Berkeley. You don’t think that I heard some interesting questions and comments…
SHAUNA LAKE: That is a good dichotomy.
SEAN REYES: About my religious beliefs or about my, you know, political ideologies you know in the middle of Sproul Hall at Berkeley. But I’ve always felt like if people could get to know me, they would understand that I’m respectful of their views. And if I were a policy maker I think it would afford me perhaps some different opportunities to work with creating and crafting laws. I’m not. My duty and my oath is to uphold and protect the laws that the policy makers have put into place, and so while as a friend I can wear one hat and be perhaps sympathetic to different situations, as the attorney general I have got a very narrow hat, and that hat is to stay focused on what the law allows us to do. But again, I don’t apologize my conservative background, I grew up you know since I was a kid a Republican, and my dad dressed me up in these Republican pajamas I remember. It’s interesting you know. He comes from a country where a lot of freedoms were oppressed during a dictatorship. There were a lot of people around us on welfare programs and he sad you know we’ll never take any welfare. Nobody owes us anything. It’s hard work, and it’s self-reliance and pull yourself up from the boot straps and those things spoke to him about the Republican party, and I guess having grown up in that environment, I’m proud to say I’m Republican, and I’m conservative. At the same time I’m proud that we have a country that allows such a diversity of thought, and I love friends who have different ideologies, and I hurt when they hurt. And these types of decisions for me, you know, I feel their pain acutely, and I don’t apologize for that either. So I think you can be truly a compassionate and conservative person, yet I make tough decisions and I’m pretty law and order, rule of law kind of guy. It opens you up for some criticism from people, but that’s part of the job too.
-Written and produced by Leslie Tillotson