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Chris Crowder of Layton to run for Kevin Garn's House seat

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  • no way no how
    March 27, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    I know MR. Chris Crowder and have done business with him he is not honest, in dealing with is fellow men. A vote for him is same old same old. Good luck with that

  • Kristy
    March 15, 2010 12:37 p.m.

    PEOPLE! Get Ready (JIC)! Educate yourselves with the Word! And how UTAH puts people in office. We do it different here, and instead of worrying about who was or who is or who is going to be in a political office for any district, show up to the political party caucus that you represent! I want to Thank Mr. Garn and Mr. Crowder both, for doing SOMETHING for UTAH. If you want the right person for the job in office then get out there and put that person there! "Judge not lest ye be Judged!" G.
    Character/Integrity is not voted for it is a trait that shows itself over time.

  • @Bob2
    March 15, 2010 11:51 a.m.

    Isn't skinny-dipping the same is getting naked in the water?

    Sure, this story didn't repeat every single detail, but don't you get the idea?

    Pretty harsh on one person, who wasn't even working for the paper in 2002.

  • bikhazi
    March 15, 2010 10:23 a.m.

    As a physician in the community, I consider integrity to be paramount to anyone representing public office. I have know Chris Crowder for 11 years and know, for a fact, that he has integrity in his interactions with others. He is selfless and dilignet as well. Anyone who values integrity of character should consider him seriously to represent our district.

  • Bob2
    March 15, 2010 7:04 a.m.

    Thursday's revelation that House Majority Leader Kevin Garn went skinny-dipping been courting delegates....

    See, Mr. Dogherty--this is probably where the Des News got off the track in the first place. The revelation wasn't that Kevin Garn "went skinny-dipping." Wouldn't it be nice for The Deseret News, Mr. Garn and the State Leg that gave him a booming standing ovation?

    No, the revelation was that he climbed naked into a hot tub with a fifteen year old child, that he paid to keep her quiet after being counseled by local church leaders and that the Trib and Des News, along with reporters like yourself, sat on the story. That was the revelation, Mr. Dogherty. One day after the revelation is probably not the best time to start trying to re-write the revelation or to start trying to distance your employer from their culpibility.

  • Chris Webb
    March 14, 2010 3:30 p.m.

    I have known Chris Crowder for several years and his values, and commitments to the Lord, family and our community; and these values and commitments should be welcome in the Utah House of Representatives District 16.

  • concerned
    March 14, 2010 3:04 p.m.

    watch for the Republican power-brokers to try to crush Chris Crowder and push another "good-ol-boy" on us.The wealthy connected club will attempt to put one of their own in i.e. Steve Handy or Mike Bouwhuis and keep their circle of power unbroken.Its time for us to elect someone whose political hands are clean.

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2010 9:31 a.m.

    Chris Crowder and his wife are a positive influence in the church. The fact that he is not taking advantage of Garn resigning shows that he is a leader who will stick to the issues. I support him and know he will be highly effective for our community.

  • voter
    March 13, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    some of you are misrepresenting crowder on Garn.He didnt call Garns actions a mistake he said responsibly that any "potentially criminal" activity will not be his to determine.

  • From Layton again?
    March 13, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    Seems Layton is having a challenge coming up with candidates with good moral fiber. The community should be sure to check out anyone running from their district before letting them loose on the state political scene.

  • Mormons are Christians
    March 13, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    OK, this man is a Christian. But the earlier commentator is guilty of judging Mormons by Rep. Dougall's behavior on a few occasions. The public needs to make allowances for shifting values by those in public service.

  • Liberty
    March 13, 2010 12:10 p.m.

    Garn is gone, but this guy looks like more of the same.

  • It's simple
    March 13, 2010 9:53 a.m.

    1. Garn was with a minor in a hot tube naked
    2. Garn paid money to keep it quiet... during an election
    3. He has run for reelection year after year trying to keep this quiet
    4. He has come forward only after the statute of limitations

    Simply put He has a pattern of showing a lack of judgement and he hasnt lived up to his responsibilities.

    Garns money wont help him get past the delegates. And in a primary I think he is even more vulnerable even though he has more money than his opponent. This year people are ticked at corruption and I cant beleive voters will give him a pass.

  • Time for Garn
    March 13, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    to step down. If Kilpack had to go, so should Garn as what Garn did in my opinion is far worse.

  • Knowing When to Bow-Out
    March 13, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    If there was ever a time when a reasonable person would know when to stop running for office, it's now. Garn may be decent man, and have provided public service for many years. But he's now tainted with personal scandal which shows lack of judgment. Most people can't relate to paying someone $150,000 hush-money. That's something right out of a Prime-Time soap-opera. Please don't besmirch the office any longer. Time for a new generation.

  • Mark S.
    March 13, 2010 9:40 a.m.

    It's time to clean house, and I mean the whole house of Rep's. Thisas is really disturbing!! If you or I was found out doing this crime, we would be in jail. If the AG won't do his job of enforcing the law, then he should be investigated as well

  • Politically Correct
    March 13, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    Tip to Mr Crowder: your referring to this crime as a "mistake" puts you in with the same crowd who gave the perpetrator a standing ovation. Not a good way to start your campaign protecting the good ole boys.

  • KCProbasco
    March 13, 2010 9:00 a.m.

    There are many mistakes in judgment and behavior that a man can repent of and grow beyond to become a wiser and more trustworthy leader. Then there are serious mistakes in judgment and behavior that evidence a much deeper rooted pathology that, even if repented of, ought to disqualify a man from positions of authority. In my judgment--and I am not afraid to judge--Kevin Garn's mistakes in judgment and behavior are clearly of the latter quality. I am deeply ashamed of the Utah legislators who rose to their feet to give Kevin Garn a wholly undeserved ovation.

  • Christian Candidate
    March 13, 2010 8:47 a.m.

    We should get behind good Christians that choose to run for office. The Legislature is too riddled with those who may profess religious values, but whose actions are far from Christian. For example, Representative Dougall's reprehensible treatment of an elderly woman who wished to engage in public dialogue, Senator Killpack's drunk driving and the general lack of civility, kindness and compassion for the less privileged in Utah. I am very tired of being lumped in the category of unworthy gentile and being excluded from civic affairs because I am a Christian and not a Mormon.

    Garn should receive forgiveness from all of us that he represents, but forgiveness doesn't mean forgetfulness in the closed election booth.

  • Daniel & Lisa Unger
    March 13, 2010 8:33 a.m.

    As many have known for quite some time, Chris Crowder has been diligently working for a position in Utah State Legislation. Mr. Crowder will not only bring new light to Layton, but he has a proven track record of integrity and uncompromising values and principals. The applause that followed Mr. Garn's late announcement is representative of how our value system has dimished and how power, money, and status seem to prevail in politics. Instead of applause, we, as tax paying citizens, should be contacting our District Attorney and asking him to investigate into this illicit conduct with a child half his age even if the statute of limitations has passed.

  • Layton
    March 13, 2010 8:28 a.m.

    If Chris Crowder can not even distinguish between a mistake and a crime then he is not ready for public office. We need leaders who know right from wrong and the courage to stand up for right and justice. Mr. Crowder dosen't sound like that kind of man. He sounds more like too many of the others that we have in elected office who their real interest is in their crown of office and self prestige.

  • It's simple
    March 13, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    1. Garn was with a minor in a hot tube naked
    2. Garn paid money to keep it quiet... during an election
    3. He has run for reelection year after year trying to keep this quiet
    4. He has come forward only after the statute of limitations

    Simply put He has a pattern of showing a lack of judgement and he hasnt lived up to his responsibilities.

    Garns money wont help him get past the delegates. And in a primary I think he is even more vulnerable even though he has more money than his opponent. This year people are ticked at corruption and I cant beleive voters will give him a pass.

  • Nicholle
    March 13, 2010 7:15 a.m.

    Chris Crowder has been preparing to run for office for several months now. I know him to be a very intelligent and organized person who is open to discussion. He has a great reputation both within the community of Christian Life Center and Layton Christian Academy and outside of it. His involvement with these organizations has made a huge impact on their effectiveness as well as growth. I see him as a man with integrity and eagerness to serve his community. He has my support and deserves yours as well.

  • Bill Witcher
    March 13, 2010 6:45 a.m.

    Having come to know Crowder and his entire family, I'm totally confident in my vote for him to replace Garns. Although there are no perfect people, now that the truth about Garns is known, still not because of his free will but only to dodge yet another bullet, I respectfully bid Garns farewell and thanks for your service as you rightfully step down for the integrity of the position.

  • Not just skinny dipping
    March 13, 2010 5:38 a.m.

    but with a 15-year-old girl. That, to me, is the really disturbing part.

  • Stan Johnson
    March 13, 2010 4:28 a.m.

    It seems to me that if Garn stated that he served the girl alcohol, got her naked, in a hot tub and she was only 15, he should be in jail. He is a pedophile and should be marked as a sex offender. It wouldn't surprise me if Garn was trying to pay off Crowder as well. I can't believe that anyone would even think of running for office with his record.

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2010 2:20 a.m.

    What Garn admitted doing was not a mistake, it was a crime!

  • It's simple
    March 12, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    1. Garn was with a minor in a hot tube naked
    2. Garn paid money to keep it quiet... during an election
    3. He has run for reelection year after year trying to keep this quiet
    4. He has come forward only after the statute of limitations

    Simply put He has a pattern of showing a lack of judgement and he hasnt lived up to his responsibilities.

    Garns money wont help him get past the delegates. And in a primary I think he is even more vulnerable even though he has more money than his opponent. This year people are ticked at corruption and I cant beleive voters will give him a pass.

  • voter
    March 12, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    I am tired of the priviled taking care of their own from local to national politics.Any common sense person can do a better job than we are getting now. The Crowder candidate looks good to me.

  • layton
    March 12, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    Actualy I know Crowder and he has been working on this campaign for several months,he did not just jump in the race. That is untrue. It is also untrue that Rep Garn explained in a weekly email what he was doing. That weekly email was from the GOP and was forwarded on...I get the email. Again you don't know what your talking about

  • to "crowder needs"
    March 12, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    "opportunist" you dont read well.Crowder has been working for months on this.you owe an apology to Mr crowder.Further being "effective" doesnt always equal ethical.

  • crowder needs...
    March 12, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    To pay more attention. Rep. Garn sent a weekly email detailing what was going on in the House of Representatives and what issues he was working on. Obviously this guy is an opportunist who is trying to take advantage of a bad situation. Given all of the facts, I still think that Rep. Garn is a more effective legislator than Crowler could be.

  • Garn must go
    March 12, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    Garn got an applause for being caught? Seriously? A bigger man would have owned up to his mistakes BEFORE he was caught in the middle of his deceitful cover up.
    Bye Bye Garn.

  • peoples champ
    March 12, 2010 8:00 p.m.

    Crowder said that everyone makes mistakes, and thats true, but Grans "mistake' was of a sexual criminal nature, and he should leave office along with all those "representatives" that gave Gran a standing ovation after his little "confession". Call it for what it is and dont hide behind politness youll get more votes that way.

  • LCP
    March 12, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    If Crowder is for more transparency in government and tougher ethics rules - I am in favor of him. It is time for Garn to go.