'Stormy Daniels Rampway' Should Run Near Trump-Honoring Highway in Utah, Democrat Says

A Utah Democrat proposed Monday naming a road after the porn star at the center of reports that Donald Trump's lawyer paid her to keep quiet about an affair with the future president. The move is an attempt to thwart Utah Republicans over their plans to name a highway after the president in honor of him opening up national monuments to oil, gas and coal mining.

Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis promised to add an amendment to a Republican-backed bill, HB 481, that would put the "Stormy Daniels rampway" just alongside the proposed "Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway," according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

"HB 481, 'Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway Designation' passed House Committee 9 to 2. If it gets to the Senate, I will present an amendment that the frontage road be designated as the Stormy Daniels rampway," Dabakis tweeted Monday.

Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, was reportedly paid $130,000 by Trump's longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, in October 2016 to keep quiet about an alleged affair. The payment was discovered in January, and Cohen later stated he made it on his own without anyone from the president's campaign or company having knowledge. Cohen has denied that any affair between Trump and Clifford took place.

Utah Republican State Representative Mike Noel originally proposed the measure to honor Trump for removing protections on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The president's executive orders in December removed 85 percent of protected lands from Bears Ears and 46 percent from Grand Staircase-Escalante.

"President Trump cares about public lands and he cares about Utahns and what we think," Noel said Monday before the state's House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee according to The Tribune. "He cares about the impact of undue regulations on the public lands. He cares about those people that use public lands, that run cattle, that cut trees, that recreate on those lands."

Dabakis' amendment is likely to fail in Utah's Senate, where Republicans maintain a 24-5 majority.

Trump's name would be attached to the existing Utah National Parks Highway, stretching more than 600 miles through southern Utah and many of its canyons.