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Published: Saturday, Feb. 9 2013 9:45 p.m. MST

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SLars
Provo, UT

It sounds like the attorney Generals office needs to be investigated, including Shurtleff. Much of this happened while he was in charge.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

It makes absolutely no difference to me whether Swallow is a Republican or a Democrat.

And I don't know if Swallow did anything technically "illegal" or not.

That is the problem. Whether state or local politics, these guys can do things that we all know are WRONG. But, what they do may not be illegal.

Shouldn't we have laws that insure that things that are clearly wrong are also illegal?

How can an elected official take large sums of money from a person or company and then cast a vote which affects that person or company? Does that make sense to anyone?

DaveRL
OGDEN, UT

Sounds like the fox is guarding the hen-house.

Vaughn J
Kearns, UT

During the campaign in 2012 I visited his meet and greets. It seemed to me that he was a slick, suave and had the stereo-typical car salesman attitude. His endorsement by the previous Attorney General seems to have been one of the many reasons the voters bought into his public personification. It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out. Depending on the outcome MAYBE Utah's voters will learn to pay more attention to their candidates than to sound bites placed in the media.

cah
orem, UT

Has AG Swallow hired a lobbyist to try and influence the Federal investigation into the allegations against him? If not, why not. This is the advice he gave Mr. Johnson. Thus it must be a legal, ethical, and effective way to try and influence the justice system in one's favor.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor should be appointed by the governor and serve at the governors discretion. I am a constitutionalist. Translation. The government should stay out of my businesss dealings no matter how questionable or unethical. We don't need any government regulation in a free market economy.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

There is an unfortunate prevailing belief that Utah politicians and businessmen (who are members of the prevailing religion) are distinguished by their "values".

But those "values" do not put them above corruption, they blind their constituents and customers TO corruption that is more nuanced and subtle.

Call4Moderation
Salt Lake City, UT

This doesn't look good, but then again, neither did the JJ stuff, and that all ended up to be a bunch of poor media stories, and lack of investigative journalism. Maybe we should learn from that and just wait and see.

Dante
Salt Lake City, UT

"and puts in focus the roll money plays in gaining access to decision makers"
should be
"role"
Is there an editor in the house?

DonO
Draper, UT

I say again, Swallow is finished. He needs to step aside now for the good of the state. Even if it is eventually proven that he has done nothing illegal, his judgment will be forever in question. This is not about someone's political career, it's about what's best for the state's taxpayers.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Neil T says: "I am a constitutionalist. Translation. I am a constitutionalist. Translation. The government should stay out of my businesss dealings no matter how questionable or unethical. We don't need any government regulation in a free market economy."

So is he saying, "Translation. The government should stay out of my business dealings no matter how questionable or unethical [I may be in my business dealings]?"

If so, then he should be ashamed -- and should know that is exactly the reason why government SHOULD be involved in his business dealings.

Unfortunately, that is the kind of attitude that seems to rule in Utah (and possible national) Republican philosophy. We need look no further than their protection of Wall Street and crooked bankers.

one old man
Ogden, UT

John Swallow has a very long history of extremely questionable ethical and political practices going back long before he became a candidate for the AG office.

We saw a large number of them on display during his candidacy both in the GOP primary and the election itself.

He should be placed on some kind of administrative leave until a thorough, non partisan investigation can be completed.

michael cooper
south jordan, utah

re: neilt
The term constitutionalist is not a defined word in the dictionary. It is an invented term to try and justify the right to interpet the Constitution as one pleases to one's own desires.
Self interpitation and no oversite of ethics is what resulted in the 2008 financial crisis. In reality, as devestating as that was, such practices as you suggest are what results in monarchies and dictatorships. Too many "govenor" appointed officials is not democracy, it is the path to more coruption.The world is full of countries that have these same principles and have no freedom as a result of.
Without ethics and govermental oversight, you too neilt could be a victim of your own policy.

David
Centerville, UT

I don't begrudge Swallow advising people who are in trouble. I am sure we all would be willing to direct someone or give them advise if they needed help or had done something wrong and needed counsel. Isn't that what attorney's do?

The thing about this case that is revealing and disturbing to me is that money is required to get an audience with government leaders. If the allogations that Reid's influence could be accessed for $600,000 are true, that is deeply disturbing. Shouldn't government leaders be there to serve an not enrich themselves?

Also disturbing is Swallow's willingness to take contributions from individual's and businesses whose cases he would be working on as attorney general. This represents poor judgment and I am sure that Swallow could represent just the "tip of the iceburg" with this sort of thing in campaigns and receiving contributions.

This seems to say much about our society. It would be wise for us to consider a return to simpler times when values and faith really meant something to people. I believe that many and most people still hold to faith and values. But too many are losing them.

FT
salt lake city, UT

At some point, a GOP leader will question Swallow's credibilty for office. But until that time he'll remain. Being a one party, autocratic state with a distaste for ethics makes it difficult to get a person of Swallow's integrity out of office. And for those of you who stand behind his charecter I ask with what we know as facts why should we trust this man?

AlanSutton
Salt Lake City, UT

This is an excellent article, really the best I have read on the subject of Mr. Swallow and his current troubles. It doesn't ask for his resignation or removal, but instead raises important issues with a balanced approach. Clearly his history of office-seeking suggests that he craves public praise and believes that elected office is the end-all in personal accomplishment, but he doesn't seem to have fully considered how real success comes about.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

I think Johnson has cleverly turned the the media's attention away from all his misdoings and is calling "Wolf, wolf!" Our attention is taken away from the guilty party ("Poor me" attitude of Johnson), and the media enlarges the story to keep this in the headlines. Some then pronounce judgment upon a good man like a jury's pronouncement of "guilty!" before there is any court proceeding. Like the Manti Ma'o story, people tend to feed on trivia like maggots on the dead corpse.

I have met John Swallow. In no way did he seem to come across as a "slick, suave, and stereo-typical car salesman attitude." To the contrary, I saw him as a sincere, honest, and good man running for public office. I think it rude to judge one so harshly on a one chance meeting.

I hope we eventually get back to Mr. Johnson and the case at hand. He will try to anything to pass the buck on to someone so that he doesn't have to go to trial. He has a history of that! So obvious!

Good luck, Mr. Swallow, and I hope the truth will prevail!

Impartial7
DRAPER, UT

@BYUalum

"Good luck, Mr. Swallow, and I hope the truth will prevail!"

If the truth actually does prevail, Swallow may be facing prison time.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

It would seem to make sense to have the Governor of Utah to have a non-partisan investigator look into this matter from an ethical as well as legal viewpoint. I just don't understand why such an obvious step is being avoided in this case.

Most Truthful and Patriotic
Layton, UT

".....a guileless person prone to giving others the benefit of the doubt.
"John is by nature someone who trusts people,"

Exactly the WRONG person for the AG job. We need people with a healthy skepticism, not blind-faith followers of the latest person to talk to them.

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