Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Should Utahns be worried about NSA monitoring?

Published: Sunday, June 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Webb: We Republicans love to complain, justifiably so, about the overreaching federal government sticking its nose into things it has no business in, like education and health care. Well, immigration policy is absolutely and unequivocally a federal responsibility, demanding a congressional solution. And yet, Congress has refused for decades to deal responsibly with this issue, leaving America in a gigantic mess. If our members of Congress can't be productive problem-solvers and take care of this festering sore, they ought to resign and let someone else try.

All forms of wagering are against the law in Utah. But if politicos could bet, what are the odds of Attorney General John Swallow resigning or the impeachment process beginning, in the next 30 days?

Pignanelli: House Republicans will deliberate this Wednesday with the knowledge that 80 percent of Utahns want Swallow to resign (survey conducted by prominent BYU pollsters Quinn Monson and Kelly Patterson). Afterward, legislative leaders will quietly offer Swallow an opportunity to depart with dignity. The attorney general resigns — or impeachment proceedings begin — by mid-July.

Webb: If you absolutely believe you are innocent of a charge, do you stay and fight, or give up? If you give up, what message does that send to your children and friends? I believe Swallow is convinced he did nothing wrong, and he wants to keep fighting for his name and honor. That makes sense — up to the point that it really hurts his office, his employees and the state of Utah. We're now at that point. He can continue to proclaim his innocence while agreeing to step away for the greater good. That's what he will do in the next several weeks.

Republican LaVarr Webb is a political consultant and lobbyist. Previously he was policy deputy to Gov. Mike Leavitt and Deseret News managing editor. Email: lwebb@exoro.com. Democrat Frank Pignanelli is a Salt Lake attorney, lobbyist and political adviser. Pignanelli served 10 years in the Utah House of Representatives, six years as minority leader. His spouse, D'Arcy Dixon Pignanelli, is a state tax commissioner. Email: frankp@xmission.com.

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