Garn did the only thing that was politically expedient, resign. Is there anyone
out there dumb enough to believe that this was not done with full knowledge of
the Ruling Party in Utah politics. I suspect that a lot of back-room agreements
and decisions were made long before brother Garn stood up and wrung his hands in
full view of his cronies. I suspect that after an acceptable amount of
contrition and pennance on his part, Garn will be back again in front of his
voters who will support him for being so forthcoming in his revelations. Too
bad he didn't do this before he paid the $150K, which he stupidly thought would
make it all go away. Never has, never does...
With loony nonsense coming from the left, the DEMOCRATS,it is no
wonder this state is so strongly republican.
People REsign over the dumbest things.So you have a dumb moment in a
Hot Tub 25 years ago.If the girl was a minor it was just barely, and
the stats have way run out.From that time on you had led a good
life, riddled with tremendous guilt for your one slack moment or event.Own you did it and ride it out, don't resign.
I am absolutely astounded by the hysteria that oontinues to be written about the
Garn problem. Of course the Legislature wasn't applauding Garn's misdeeds.My goodness, every time a teacher or policeman or doctor or clergyman or
ANYONE commits a crime or hurts a child--do we scream that all teachers are
corrupt or that all policeman are lawbreakers or that all doctors should loose
their licenses or all should be jailed? Obsolutely NOT. I am not guilty
because I know someone who is.Each individual who has apparently
broken the law needs to be investigated and judged on whatever happened in that
particular circumstance.Before you scream to "throw all the
incumbunts out" please take the time to look at the legislation and how your
legislator voted. See if he or she represented your values and beliefs.Obviously no one votes exactly as I want them to--but I want a
legislator who will vote the majority of the time the way I would hope he
does.Be reasonable, use your head!
Pelosi doesn't abuse power and what planet are you on. Haven't you been watching
the news! Emjay has it right. Everyone is so quick to judge.
November seems so far away, but soon enough Democrats will be looking for new
employment. And with employment down I hope they get a taste of what many are
going through.Our own Jim Matheson told me that Social Security was good for 30
years. He lied!! They all lie, but Republicans lie to, so here's the deal
Republicans, read our lips, you had better listen to, or we will vote you out
you dems are just made your out numbered 10 to 1 and none of you has past sins
Pelosi abuse power? Nah, never! Just use her power to fly her and her family
all over the world and use our money to feed and booze them. Golly, she is such
a stateswoman! Even CNN has exposed her.Check out "That Terrible Woman"
Come on, you guys. The legislature wasn't applauding the mistake Garn made
years ago. They were applauding his service in the legislature. Let's not get
so nasty and irrational.
I NOW resign as a republican. Ive had enough.Hopefully----Obama will do his job?!?!?!
My thoughts and following emotion exactly!If only.
Do not give the guy any ideas.That is the way our legislator is run. You
run for a while and get some bribes, then you quit or get kicked out, then you
come back as a lobbyist hand out the bribery money, and get a big check for
yourself. ( look for Garn next year as a lobbyist)This is what happens
when there is one party rule.Republican-Democrat does not matter, its two
sides of the same coin.We just need to keep their numbers equal so they
will fight among themselves, and get nothing but the most important things
I agree, Clark needs to go. Send him packing.
Dave Clark should resign for allowing that admission of smut on the floor of the
I couldn't believe it when I heard that Speaker Clark had been informed of Rep.
Garn's problems early in the last week of the session. That Clark had to know
what was up when Garn asked for a few minutes at the end of the sesson. That
Clark did nothing to stop Garn from speaking. That Clark, immediately after
Garn finished, expressed hope that Garn would remain in the House. All this in the face of a selective cofession that did not mention the
$150,000 payment and non-disclosure agreement (read "hush-money") and did not
include Garn's statement of resignation.The Speaker of the House,
knowing the problems were much deeper than what Garn mentioned his speech
listened intently to this political theater then encouraged Garn to remain in
the House, and then presided over a standing ovation for him.Gotta
admit, sounds like pretty poor judgment to me.Unbelieveably poor judgment.
Clark's resignation would seem appropriate to me.How in the world
could a House Speaker condone Garn's behavior like Clark did?
Horse is dead already! Quit beating it!
I think the real story is that there is a registered Democrat in Utah! I'm
surprised the Churchislature hasn't hunted him down yet.
There is a Democrat Party in Utah?
I totally agree. The only way we can get out of the mess we are in, is if every
single incombant is votded out of office. Both at the federal and local levels.
Government has become corrupt at all levels.We also need to get Obama out
as soon as possible. If he get's this health care bill pushed through, we will
be living under comunistic rule soon after.
He absolutely should NOT resign. Hansen is acting like a spoiled brat. You
dont have to agree with everyone around you, but look at the good these people
have done as well. Everyone is so quick to judge it drives me insane!!!!!
@ PelosiIn what way has Pelosi abused power
Agree that everyone that applauded should step down, what a terrible example.
Poor timing by our House and poor taste as well. Clark tried to spin it another
way in the press but the bottom line was we never applaud those that rape,
assault, expose, molest (or whatever he did or didn't do) to this child. His
record in congress means nothing, his "coming clean" means nothing, he is a
criminal and should be tried for his crimes (probably came clean because the
state statute has expired)
I agreee that Rep. Clark showed extremely poor judgment in leading that charade.
For that alone, he absolutely should resign as House Speaker. He clearly
doesn't speak for the House, and his actions demonstrate very bad judgment. If
he doesn't resign on his own, as Speaker within the next week, the Utah House of
Representatives should proceed with his removal from this position of
leadership.However, I do not think this one action rises to the
level of calling for his resignation as a representative. That should be left
to the voters in his district to determine if he has represented their interests
to their satisfaction.
There are far worse things than showing some skin in front of someone else.
Nancy Pelosi's abuse of power would put her in jail for much longer than this
Garn incident if the justice system decided to look into it.
It's about time Utah Dems and the rest of them in Federal government grow a pair
and start fighting back. When Repubs do something like this they need to have
their noses rubbed in it.
I would like to see every incumbent in every race thrown out. Both parties have
gotten us into this awful mess
Just wonderful how our legislature once again made this state the laughing stock
of the nation!! Standing ovation for illegal acts with a minor, everyone who
applauded such behavior should resign and our state must begin anew. The reality
is, the robotic voters will re-elect and even praise those who condone such
Investigate Garn. Time to move on from the story of applause following remarks
made by the speaker. I would imagine his colleagues will vote him out as speaker
when the chance is given. This incident was unfortunate, embarrassing, and
ridiculous. But, time to move on to a new story. I'm sure it will only be a
matter of time before our legislators give us another CNN news worthy scandal.
We have a reponsibility to enforce the laws of this country on those who break
the law. Garn did break the law. By getting naked in front of a 15
year old girl. Peolsi, did not.
we have balance in Washington. You live on what planet.
Now more than any other time voters throw out, meaning vote out "Every"
incumbent here in office in Utah and also nationally in the next 2 elections.
These people have degraded our lives with their deciet and lies and we need new
blood. The new ones that replace the gray beards need their feet held to the
fire or they will serve "1" term! This whole representative thing is a farce,
and benefits the pockets of the elected primarily. Out with every incumbent
Hansen knew that Garn had committed criminal activity while a member of the
legislature years earlier - was, in fact, guilty of child abuse and had never
been tried for that offence, and his votes on matters for the last week of the
legislative session should not have mattered. Besides, he was also afraid of
what has been come to be called the bookends of this legislative session -
Killpack at the beginning, and Garn at the end, holding up the sham of an
"ethical" legislature. What an absolute joke. I think, to make them feel good
about themselves, we ought to invite Roman Polanski and a few hundred Catholic
Priests who have all done the same thing Garn did to come to our legislature to
receive the praise and adulation for what they have done from an obviously
receptive crowd. If it's good for the goose, it's good for the gander.
I agree with Sammy. You all need to resign. What made me sick, is you all patted
yourselves on the back for a job well done. What a crock! The tobacco tax was
the last straw for me. I will vote against every incumbant this year. Including
the Gov. Also everyone up for re-election in Washington. Crooks.
Oh, brother. How ridiculous.
That's all good and fine that Ogden Democrat Neil Hansen calling for House
speaker David Clark to resign over Kevin Garn scandal, HOWEVER, whose demanding
also that Bennett quit?. Utah is having its caucuses next week. People will be
picked as delegates to go to the State Convention. At the convention, if Bennett
cannot get 60% of the delegates to support him, he will either be defeated at
the convention or be forced into a runoff. Bennett's campaign is encouraging its
supporters to show up at the caucuses and lie as best they can to become
delegates to the convention. Right now there is a heavy anti-Bennett bias even
within the official Utah Republican Party. Having Bennett's supporters come in
and claim to be wholly undecided or hostile to Bennett could help send his
brigade to the convention to protect him. Desperate men do desperate things. We
have the video of Senator Bennett’s son encouraging supporters to hide
their allegiance to the senator to increase their chances of becoming a
I think it would be great if the whole legislature resigned. We'd all be better
Sorry Rock, Nancy Pelosi will not and should not resign. You see- on the
federal level we have more balance - unlike here in Utah. Any political system
works with better with balance - too many Republicans or Democrats is a problem.
I'd like to call for all of you guys to resign.You are all equally
Yeah, this wouldn't make sense unless Pelosi got naked in front of a 15 year
old girl. Guess what? She didn't. Not a very clear story here.
I read the headline: Utah Dem calls for speaker to resign!My heart
accelerated and I felt a wave of excitement sweep over me. Could it be that
James Matheson was calling for Queen Nancy Pelosi to resign?One
could only hope.What a let down.
I agree - everyone that stood and applauded Garn on the floor of the people's
House should resign.Utah politicians should, above all, show the
highest attention to integrity and ethics, and preserving the importance of the
people's house.But what we usually hear is the same old lame excuses
and arguments made by gentile politicians.
Somebody smells blood in the political waters. Let the frenzy begin.
While i was infuriated by the applause of the House for Garn, I have to
seriously laugh at this call coming from Hansen, The laughingstock of the House.
This guy does nothing. He hasn't had any legislation pass in years and does
nothing but point fingers and criticize others. Wake up Neil and resign so
someone who will work for us can have your seat!
I don't get this. Why should the Speaker resign over Garn's indiscretion
twenty-five years ago?
I completely agree! I don't think any other profession would applaud a colleague
guilty of crimes against a minor.
That the House minority Leader David Litvack completely disagree with Rep.
Hansen. The KSL story states "Litvack praised Clark for what he says was
'unprecedented access and a great working relationship' for Democrats during the