Deception the focus of GOP mayoral debate: Mike Winder vs. Mark Crockett focuses on trustworthiness

Mike Winder, left, and Mark Crockett debate as Utah Taxpayers Association and KCPW host a debate between Mike Winder and Mark Crockett, the candidates for the Republican nominee in the Salt Lake County Mayor's race Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Mike Winder invited the fictional Richard Burwash into the Salt Lake County mayoral Republican debate Wednesday night, and Mark Crockett made sure he stayed awhile.

While responding to a question about which GOP candidate has the better chance of winning against Democrat Ben McAdams in November, Winder listed the controversy over authoring news stories under a false name as an easy target for his opponents.

“Someone may (bring up) a certain pen name incident that happened last year,” Winder said about midway through the 90-minute debate at The Leonardo. “You might have heard of it.”

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