AG Shurtleff has held that office for a long time and has made it probably a
very political office that some of the Attornies probably haven't enjoyed.
However, Shurtleff has done a pretty good job in that office as he has had good
assistants and deputies that have done an outstanding job while he has done his
guiding and politics of the job. John Swallow is a different type of
AG candidate but will be good for our state as he has shown his ability to work
with his staff and with the Federal agencies involved with the Utah AG office.
Thank goodness Dee Smith stepped up to this task to be a candidate
so as to have whoever win, win due to an opponent at the voting booth.I know it is hard for a person to do this type of campaigning when the odds
are against him but thanks again, Mr. Smith.
The highest profile case pending in Utah is that of Greg Peterson, accused of
using his religious credentials and political relationships to commit multiple
rapes. He and Swallow are close friends - in Peterson's role as a partisan
fundraiser, he contributed greatly to Swallow's campaign war chest. One
cannot help but wonder how their friendship, and political connection, would
impact the prosecution of that case.Since Dee Smith isn't all
that interested in being AG, perhaps we - and the DesNews - should be looking at
the other name on the ballot, Andrew McCullough, a tireless defender of
individual rights. Someone dedicated to personal liberty and government
integrity, rather than a criminal prosecutor, would be a real breath of fresh
air in the Attorney General's office.
There IS another candidate running for AG beside these two! One question, Can
you give the take of Andrew McCullough on these issues? He is a legitimate
candidate running for this office. He seems to be in the papers in New York and
other states for his recent work for civil liberties, but in Utah he gets no
respect. I did not even see him as an "also running is. . ."
Smith wants to be AG. But he clearly understands the money is stacked against
him. I shudder to think what the ad-men working for Swallow will do
to him. They were like crazed Pitbulls in last run-off. Leaving his opponent -
a good man who refused to take part in the sickness that plagues the Swallow
campaign - torn, bleeding and shredded by the lies and innuendo Swallow's
campaign smeared all over him. I can't stand the
schoolyard-bully politics practiced by Swallow. Some say you can buy anything
in this world with money. I know it is foolish, but I keep hoping it isn't
true all the time.
Ouch! Not even a mention of my name as the Libertarian candidate. I still have
not seen any polls which show that I have so little support that I can be
ignored. I am running so there will be a real choice. What a shame that your
paper will not even acknowledge me. Thanks to those commenters who did.
John Swallow is not close friends with Greg Peterson. Greg supported
Swallow's Republican opponent over Swallow. So, guilty by association does
not apply there.Dee Smith wants the death penalty for a man who
defended himself against a bunch of guys breaking into his home. I would have
done the same thing if these same men broke into my home. I could understand
putting the guy on trial, but to seek the death penalty for someone who was
defending himself from an invasion while he was sleeping? That's a bit
extreme!And, I agree with the other comments about a third option in
this race. I think it is always worth looking at ALL candidates, not just the
R's and D's. Why is it that the media rarely ever mentions that there
is another option?
Andrew McCullough is the libertarian candidate running for Attorney General in
Utah this election who supports women's rights, marriage equality and
ending the drug war.