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Utah attorney general GOP candidates Sean Reyes, John Swallow engaged in nasty battle

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  • ignoranceisbliss Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2012 10:57 p.m.

    Vote for Andrew McCullough, Libertarian candidate, Attorney General!

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    June 20, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    The negative ads against Reyes are just plain sleazy. Accusing him of road rage and slipping a $5,000.00 bribe under the table. I plan on voting for Reyes.

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    June 20, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    I look at this as an illegal immigration issue.

    Swallow's main problem is the endorsement of Mark Shurtluff. He should have paid attention to what Shurtluff's endorsement did for Carl Wimmer at the convention. On the other side Swallow brings up the illegal immigration issue at meeetngs and states that he will be different than Shurtluff and will uphold the laws. He also makes a strong statement of support of immigration laws on his website.

    Reyes is probably the best lawyer, but being a lawyer is not even required to be elected attorney general. Reyes is a little more of a slick lawyer than Swallow. Reyes says the right things when someone brings up the illegal immigration issue at town halls, but doesn't bring it up himself. Illegal immigration is not mentioned as an issue on his webiste. His main problem for me is his close association with the illegal alien advocate groups, often doing pro-bono for them

    In any case either one of these should be a much better AG than Mark Shurtluff.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 20, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    @ dwayne: If you have an attorney who doesn't have good debating skills against another attorney in front of a judge or jury in trying to sell your cause, you are at a huge disadvantage, regardless of how great a mind he has.
    That "great mind" attorney you mention had darn well better be able to explain his mental reasoning in front of others... often necessary via debating in a court room situation. You are a naive idealist to think or say that debating skill aren't important for attorneys. It's not the only thing he needs by any measure, but still an important skill nonetheless. And you better believe that our elected attorney general will need to be selling the causes that Utah cares about. Common sense should make that clear to you or anyone else.

  • prelax Murray, UT
    June 19, 2012 11:32 p.m.

    I don't care for either one. And Shurtleff is not a moderate, best laugh I have had today.

  • OLD-GUY Central, Utah
    June 19, 2012 11:30 p.m.

    TNhanks to the Deseret News for putting the ability to Like certain comments. I happen to also like scrolling through the comments to see which ones are liked the most.

    Without making a spreadsheet it appears that Mr. Reyes has the most.

    I think Mr. Swallow's position of "taking back" Federal Lands has hurt him, at least with some I have talked with despite the opinion of several other attorneys that it is unconstitutional. I know that in my out-of-state business that the idea doesn't do Utah any good.

    I would like to see a spreadsheet of the income to be gained, what it would be used for, the costs of administrating those lands, who they might be sold to and for what uses and problems such as surveys, right-of-ways and getting water to and for some of the more isolated parcels.

    When you have all of the cost, benefits & other factors where you can present them, then would be the time to argue the merits of such a proposal.

    Don't get me wrong, I am in favor of multiple-use management but you can't have all uses on every acre!

  • Vaughn J Kearns, UT
    June 19, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    Swallow has made claims that sound like he was responsible for the court action against OBAMA care that reached the supreme court. Other attorney's in the AG office and the legislature were responsible for writing the bill that "ALLOWED" Utah to have standing. Swallow did not debate before the courts.

    Mark Shurtleff has selected Swallow as his replacement. His endorsement, considering his remark in the GOP convention that Mai Love was A NOVELTY indicates that his endorsements are short sighted. Mile Lee's endorsement also is suspect when you consider his unwillingness to work to get things done in the US Senate. Other than being a fly in the ointment I have not seen much from him, other than sponsoring a bill directed at Washington DC regulations, not Utah.

    Reyes has experience and is a good administrator and Lawyer. His degree from UCLA was due to financial decisions because he could get instate tuition there. His family background makes him very aware of the need to maintain, protect and defend constitutional issues. His father fled from a dictatorship before coming to the USA.

    Sean is running because many of his peers encouraged him,rather than political ambition like Swallow.

  • wandrew Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 19, 2012 7:41 p.m.

    I listened to the debate with more than casual interest this morning. As the Libertarian candidate for Attorney General, most people do not give me a chance of having much effect on the race. I wonder what personal attacks will be made on me if I do appear as a threat to the "establishment" candidates. Nevertheless, I think it is important to give voters a real choice. I was disappointed, but not surprised, that neither candidate questioned the "war on drugs" that is destroying the Fourth Amendment and turning a whole generation of young people into criminals. If Mr. Reyes really wants to head the "people's law firm", he will agree to rethink policies which fill our jails with those who do nothing but offend the sensibilities of those in charge. Vote Libertarian..

  • CathyRodriguez Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2012 3:47 p.m.

    I've personally met both candidates and honestly was not impressed with Reyes. Every time I've been in the room with Reyes he has slandered Swallow's name. On the other hand, I've been very impressed with Swallow talking about the issues and his vision for the office, he's stayed very positive in this race. I trust John Swallow.

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    Swallow has the support of Mike Lee. Anybody or Anything Mike Lee supports is a great reason to vote against. Mike Lee is a disaster.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    June 19, 2012 2:14 p.m.

    "His campaign has focused on Utah's fight to take control of federal lands in the state and overturning the Affordable Care Act."

    Oh look another reason not to vote for Swallow. The land grab is a joke and is going to waste millions of dollars of tax payer money.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    June 19, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    Reyes, too, considers himself a conservative Republican and said those principles will guide his approach to issues. But "largely the function of the attorney is nonpartisan in defending families and defending people's rights and liberties."

    I know who I am voting for! Reyes all the way.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 19, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    Swallow's ad has two huge mistakes. Considering who he's appealing to, it doesn't matter that he is so wrong. The ad says he'll take back Utah land, something the State has never owned. It's owned by every American and should continue to be the property of every American.
    The second mistake is that he says he'll protect the constitution. How is the AG of Utah going to have any affect at all on the constitution? To begin with, it is protected by itself. Secondly, if anything, it's Swallow's party that wants to take away constitutional rights, not protect them.

  • mightyhunterhaha Kaysville, UT
    June 19, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    Senetor Lee supports Swallow. That is enough for me to vote against Swallow. Lee is not the most ethical person. We've seen that in his home buying decisions which now is a short sale. Lee also has the support of the Tea Party. A vote for anyone connected with the Tea Party is a vote to hurt Utah.

  • kattawn ,
    June 19, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    I noticed Senator Lee standing behind Mr. Swallow during a political commercial. So is the Tea Party going to hijack this race too? I'm beginning to fight back against the Tea Party with my votes even tho I'm a conservative. So, yes, Midwest Mom, there is alot of contention.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 19, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    This is just more of the sleazy dealings we've come to expect from too many GOP candidates in Utah.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    June 19, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    Contention seems to define today's Republican party.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 19, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    I've watched and listened to debates between these two, with no prior bias either toward or against either of them. I've tried to remain as objective as possible.
    While Swallow seems like a nice guy with good intentions, I came away more impressed with Reyes. He is definitely more articulate in how he communicates, and seems to have better debating skills... things very valuable in any type of attorney service, particularly as a state attorney general.
    Both have good office objectives in wanting to limit federal influence in our state. But I was particularly impressed with Reyes emphasis on wanting to ensure stronger parental rights in families. As we all know, the family unit is currently under attack in national politics. And as most of us know, the family unit is the foundation of society and having strong families will be key to our future success as a society.
    Bottom line... while having nothing against Mr. Swallow (he would probably do a good job), I sincerely believe Mr. Reyes will do a better job as our state attorney general and will be getting my vote.

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    June 19, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    Swallow is a perpetual candidate, with his eye to the mirror.

    As for his claim to being a conservative because he voted for "school choice" (vouchers), it shows he is not a thinking conservative, because vouchers is another government subsidy that would bring private schools under control of the government, eventually eliminating "choice!"

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    John Swallow is the new Merrill Cook.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    June 19, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    Neither one of them is all that great. Swallow's background in representing pay day lenders, is not an impressive lawyer creditial, particulary when its only one politician hiring another. Further, the notion that the State can successfully sue to obtain title to federal lands is utter political nonsense and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Reyes isn't a lot better. With all the excellent republican lawyers in this state, we deserve better.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 19, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    The Attorney General office in Utah is more than a litigation office and that appears to be Sean Reyes whole plan. There are a lot of other aspects to the office and some are political and not just legal law issues. The current AG has put some political flavor into some of his aspects but he has been a political person during his life. With the many attorneys in that office in Utah, there is a wide breadth of knowledge and experience. Working as a corporate attorney doesn't necessarily bring what we need in Utah. Mr. Reyes says that Mr. Swallow worked as a lobbyist and that should disqualify him. Working as a corporate attorney is actually more of a problem. Lobbyists at least have to register and have rules and regulations to go by for their actions and behavior. Corporate attorneys are paid by their clients to keep their messages silent and not obvious. Mr. Swallow has run for statewide offices for Congress and has experience in the AG's office. Some attorneys there like him and some don't, I am sure, as he is the boss for some. Attorneys are professional and not all political.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    June 19, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    There is "ONE" thing I don't like about any of these elections and the way they are run today. There is way too much media dialogue, coverage, differing viewpoints, and in general it's a feast money wise for the media and they are not running for any office but play way to much in brain washing to citizens as to their choices by their management and what they want! Much shorter campaign lenghts and less media involvment is severely needed now and in the future!Let people decide more and not be swayed by print and broacast media!

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    June 19, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    Who ever turns out to be the AG, if they pursue unconstitutional " message" bills, they should be disbarred.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    June 18, 2012 11:25 p.m.

    The Stache stated that Reyes "lacks some experience that seems to be gained by those who serve in public office (any public office)." The attorney general should be a lot less politician that leader of the state's legal team. Swallow's experience, if checked, is very limited other than buddy time with Shurtleff at the AG's office. Reyes seems to have plenty of experience as an attorney.

  • The Stache Salt Lake City, UT
    June 18, 2012 11:12 p.m.

    I've had the opportunity to listen to both candidates speak at several open houses held by the Republican party. After spending several hours listening to each explain their positions on pertinent matters, I am most impressed with Mr. Swallow. He has put a good amount of thought into his proposed actions and seems to be guided by conservative principles. He is extremely well versed on the federal land issue as well as Obamacare.

    Mr. Reyes is also a thoughtful candidate, but doesn't quite seem ready for a statewide office. His answers to voter questions were rushed and not well developed. He lacks some experience that seems to be gained by those who serve in public office (any public office). Perhaps that experience will come with time for Mr. Reyes. It would be great to see him square off against Sim Gill in the Salt Lake DA race in 2014.

    Furthermore, endorsements for Mr. Reyes from the SL Tribune and Bob Bennett don't serve a candidate well in a Republican primary election.

    Best of luck to Mr. Swallow in the primary next Tuesday.

  • Brian Wasilla, AK
    June 18, 2012 9:39 p.m.

    Nasty lawyers? Say it isn't so!

  • Maverick West Jordan, UT
    June 18, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    @DN Subscriber:
    True Utahn? Swallow grew up in Nevada, since that's closer to Utah than California does that qualify him as a true Utahn. Reyes is a corporate attorney and Swallow worked as a Lobbyist...I'm confused...which background and values would you not want in the Utah AG Office? So are you against capitalism as well given that Reyes works for a corporation? Here in Utah, most folks tend to value skills obtained working in the private sector and we frown upon lobbyists.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 18, 2012 7:30 p.m.

    Swallow has proven his is a thoughtful, articulate, and reliable conservative, with proven experience as a legislator and teh AG office. He is a true Utahn.

    Reyes has a great story, but his background growing up in California and attending UC Berkeley and as a corporate attorney are NOT background and values that I want in the Utah AG office. If he were running in California, I would support him there, but not here in Utah.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    June 18, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    Why does this office have to be a partisan issue?