"It's their personal tragedies," said Dixie Huefner, UEG communications chair. "I don't want to look like we're dumping on people when they're down."
Huefner said lawmakers can be tempted and make mistakes.
"We're not interested in judging those mistakes," she said. "We're interested in having the public understand the highest ethical standards in our public officials that we can reach for. We don't have those yet. That's why we care so much about trying to get our initiative on the ballot."
Those standards go beyond the situations in which Killpack and Garn found themselves, she said.
"Sometimes Utahns only get really worked up when it's an issue of sexual morality or drunkenness," Huefner said. "People should be just as upset about financial conflicts of interest and the influence of big money on political decisionmaking … than about someone's personal mistake."
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