Comments about ‘Utah A.G. race: Reluctant candidate Dee Smith vs. candidate-in-waiting John Swallow’

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Published: Friday, Oct. 19 2012 6:14 p.m. MDT

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JWB
Kaysville, UT

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.

Clark Griswold
Cedar City, UT

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.

ScottLiberty
Salt Lake City, utah

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. . ."

terra nova
Park City, UT

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.

wandrew
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

CBC
Ogden, UT

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?

CBC
Ogden, UT

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?

vdouroux
Draper, UT

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.

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