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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 21 2008 12:00 a.m. MDT

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"letter of reprimand" ?

Love how the DN sugar coated it- "letter of reprimand"
Mr Hughes have you appologized to your constituents for being guilty of conduct unbecoming?


It was not Hughes on trial, it was our legislature and we all lost. A letter of reprimand is all the closed door, sworn to secrecy panel could come up with?

Hughes never denied that he tried to buy votes for vouchers, he just claimed that is how business is done in the legislature. If our legislators would have had nothing to hide, there would have been an open hearing, and the truth would have been set free. Instead, we get more secret combinations.

It is time for Utahns to change our corrupt one party system that poisons even good people who desire to serve faithfully. We need at least two parties in the legislature, not more secrecy, and good ol' boy corruption.


Hughes' arrogance continues to amaze me. He still hasn't got it that his behavior is embarrassing to many Republicans that live in his district. I have not heard anything of apology or taking responsibility of his actions from him, only that he chalks this thing up to "dirty politics". The endorsement letter I received from Mayor Smith did not impress me, only left me wondering why our Mayor is supporting someone with character such as Hughes'? I think it is important to remind Representative Hughes--he got off because the rules were not strict enough to nail him on anything. By saying his conduct was unbecoming of a member of the house, they are basically saying, yeah you did it but because of our rules we can't do anything about it. DRAPER CAN DO BETTER THAN A LEGISLATOR WHOSE CONDUCT IS UNBECOMING OF A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE. Draper, vote for Lisa Johnson.

Full acquittal???

The first paragraph of this article is misleading. The ethics committee basically admitted that the current ethics rules are useless. So, they did the only thing they could. They unanimously (every Republican and Democrat) told Hughes he was guilty of conduct unbecoming a member of the Legislature, and asked him to apologize.

I haven't seen an apology from Greggie yet. I for one won't even consider voting for him until I see that.


The real issue here is the educational establishment. They are behind the smear issue. The question we should ask, do we want then governing both our children and us?


Why is the fact that Jones was the executive director of the anti-voucher group just being mentioned now for the first time? That would have been a very interesting piece of information to have had as I read each of the stories on this sneak attack.

Glen Ogden

What we need more than ethics reform on Capitol Hill is courtesy reform in our public forum. It's disturbing to me that the political process in our state has become so mean spirited and personal. Candidates and supporters take differences on issues as personal attacks and then lash out at anyone who disagrees with them indicting their character and personally attacking them and their family. This kind of brow beating has to stop. NOW is the time to restore decency to the political process. Support our representatives of both parties and disagree without being disagreeable. Now is the time to join together to solve our problems not beat one another up over our disagreements. We need more honorable men and women serving in public offices. Personal attacks of any kind prevent those good people from wanting to be involved. Please, please be the person who says, "I'll stop the madness" and let the restoration of decency start with you.


I agree with you, Glen Ogden. We need to be able to rise above this. If we make reasonable and rational arguments on policy issues, there's no need for personal character attacks. It's this kind of childish bickering that is the cause of American's distrust in politicians and the political process.


Good to see the D-news pullin for Hughes with this gleaming article. Shouldnt they have just written an endorsement instead of this 'news' article?


It's the politicians like Greg Hughes who have made the process "mean spirited and personal." Hughes only listens to his charter school/voucher supporters and no one else. He has bullied and lied his way through the legislature and was the one who killed an ethics bill last year. It's so funny that now he is having to pay the price for such unethical, unbecoming behavior. Vote for an ethical, smart rep - vote for Lisa Johnson. That's how the mean-spirited political process will change. Get rid of the trash.

Watch out Greg!

Don't let the door hit you on the way out!


In last Saturdays' Tribune, Paul Rolley took the high road and acknowledged that one of the charges against Hughes was the result of one his columns. He had the courage to state that the information in his article was not valid enough for charges. Let's see, UEA, Phil Riesen, contribution to Lisa Johnson from the Riesen's attorney, Lisa releasing a piece on ethics reform just as the Lawrence letter was released.....be careful. With Johnson you have the UEA pawn.

UEA utah county

UEA is made up of teachers who teach your kids. If you hate the UEA and the public teachers who belong, home school. Our schools are the most overcrowded and underfunded in the nation as it is. We won't miss your hate or your kids.


Hughes is unethical. Tying his opponent to his problems. If you meet her, you know she is honest.

Your behavior is unbecoming a member of the legislature Mr. Hughes.

Anything he says you can reverse and point it right back at him.

Draperite for Hughes

It amazes me that nearly everyone in these forums accepted Hughes was guilty before his hearing and then after he was acquitted just dismisses the system and maintains he's still guilty.

Whatever happened to the possibility of someone being innocent? Is that no longer guilty? Hughes may not be the nicest guy in the state (but maybe he is), but if he is innocent, he really got the raw end of the deal and deserves some sympathy.

Re:Concerned and UEA Utah County

I am assuming from your posts that the UEA and the Jordan teachers have endorsed Lisa Johnson. Thanks for the clarification. If our teachers are supportive of and backing Lisa Johnson, then I will be, too. I trust their voices. I appreciate their efforts in the election process.

To Draperite for Hughes

Hughes is as guilty as they come, that is the reason for the slap "conduct unbecoming of a member of the house". If our ethics laws were a little tighter he would be out of office right now. BTW, OJ was acquitted too but it doesn't mean he didn't do it. Voters are smart enough to understand the ruling of the committee. Hopefully, they will take what they said and use it to vote our "unbecoming legislator" out of the house.

Dare to Differ

What a farce. Sunlight could not even work itself into a neutral corner in this investigation. Physicians were at least admonished to heal thyselves......legislators, just simply shut the doors, cover the windows and bury the truth. Appearances seem highly indicative... especially in light of the obvious need for a letter of reprimand. This act alone speaks volumes and very loudly of more than what the public is being told.


As one who has had many encounters with both Greg Hughes and Lisa Johnson I believe the choice for voters is clear. Hughes'"aquittal" was simply the result of an inability of legislators to enforce their own weak ethics rules. He is mean spirited, arrogant, conspiratorial, and not only supported vouchers, but lead the attacks against Utahns for Public Schools during the referendum. Lisa on the other hand is smart, well informed, open minded,and honest. If she says she knew nothing about the ethics charges before the public did, she knew nothing about the charges. She is too ethical to say one thing and do another, and besides, Hughes has made plenty of enemies with his positions and attitudes. The list of those cheering when his bullying tactics finally came to light is long!
No sympathy here, Greg. Go, Lisa.


I think that a couple of the charges made against Hughes are illegal, meaning they are aginst the law, even if they are not against the legislature's ethic rules. These issues should be pursued by an independant prosecuter.

I am sure it won't happen, but it should.

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