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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12 2013 7:00 p.m. MST

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Layton, UT

It has been suggested that the media were aware of the situation well before the election. If true, it would have been importasnt for them to have fulfilled their responsibility to the public they represent, and let us know what they knew.

Spanish Fork, UT

I'd never met either Swallow or Reyes before the convention and met both there. I thought Swallow was a "bit" dodgy, but, not bad. I thought Reyes to be very aggressive and determined and to the point with my questions. I voted for Reyes.

Now that Swallow's indiscretions are public, he should resign and the governor should appoint Reyes.

Barney Google
Beaver, UT

Well, we know why Gov. Herbert is not the AG. Shurtleff did the right thing and handled the issue correctly, people need to look at this situation, Shurtleff's job was to handle the legal affairs of the state. It wasn't to rush to judgment on any issue.
Think about this; what if Shurtleff came out publicly before the election and it was all false, Swallow then looses because of the allegations? Huge liability for the States.
Shurtleff handled it correctly, it will all come out in time.

South Jordan, UT

There was a flyer that went out prior to the election telling voters he was under investigation.

Normal Guy
Salt Lake City, UT

The article either wrongly quoted Dabakis or Dabakis doesn't know what the word 'feckless' means. I wonder if they meant 'fearless'.

Bountiful, UT

If its really true he was willing to sell influence for money, he ought to quit the office of attorney general.

Ogden, UT

"Still, the governor wasn't sure it would have made a difference in the outcome of the election"

Well, that tells you just about all you need to know about the political scene in this state.

Bountiful, UT

Why is it so wrong for the rich and powerful to be able to buy unequal justice? One reason is that if a law is a bad law, Those in power and their friends need to be subject to it so that they will see the importance of recinding or changing the law.

The same concept applies with majorities and minorities. Whenever a majority insists that a law be rigorously enforced that is predominately broken only by minorities, it is time to insist that laws broken primarly by majorities also be enforced rigorously. This is the only way the majority will see the burden (by analogy) they are placing on others.

Ideally common sense ought to apply in enforcement of the law, however if a person or group of people insists that 'the law is the law' for others, this ought to be applied to them also. By the same measure which ye judge, shall ye be judged.

Bill McGee
Alpine, UT

This is what happens with a one-party system where the citizens are groomed from birth to conform to normative peer pressure, not complain, and blindly follow their leaders in a top-down hierarchy. There is no reward for thinking for oneself or pushing back, even when it is apparent that something is terribly wrong. What we get instead is a corrupt legislature and outrageously high levels of passive-aggressive behavior because there is no place for legitimate dissent or discourse.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

It is concerning that the attorney general of the state was meeting with an indicted individual who was represented by counsel in the subject discussed. This was after his deputy did the same thing. Instead of investigating the allegations made against a member of his staff, he tried to do a lateral pass. Fumble.

west jordan, UT

With the latest news coming out about the AG. Makes me think some people never change.

Roy, UT

What character does AG have? Are his priorities in proper order? What oath does an AG make? Questions questions...

S.L.C., UT

There weren't going to say anything prior to election, it's like;y if they had voters would had elected a democrat or worse. As is worst case scenario is Mr. Swallow is forced to resign and the Governor gets to appoint another loyal republican to take his place.

Something to think about
Ogden, UT

I'm not sure the exact nature of Swallow's role in this situtation? However, if he's found to be guilty of wrongdoing, those who knew before the election and kept their silence should also be found guilty for their silence.

While the subject matter is totally different, totally different..., the silence reminds me of the situation surrounding Penn State Football. It's the old school establishment trying to 'gloss over' a bad situation to avoid the consequences that come with wrongful actions.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Slowly, ever so slowly, the rampant corruption common in Utah government is being exposed.

Unfortunately, even if this information had been available before election day, Swallow would probably still have been elected simply because he had the magic letter "R" beside his name.

That is just as disgusting as what's happening now. Perhaps even more . . .

New to Utah

This is at least the fifth or sixth article on the same topic: removing Swallow. None have added any new points just regurgitation of the same mantra. Perhaps Jim Dabakis doesn't realize that Utah has a one party state when it comes to the media and that is Democrat.Sean Reyes is a great person but John Swallow was elected and until more than allegations surface he is the attorney general.

slc, ut

Swallow as AG knows all the scandals, legal or not. I can see why the powers that be did not spill the beans prior to the election.


As a county delegate last year, I met Sean Reyes and was impressed by him and his legal background. I voted for him and would love the Governor to ask for Swallow's resignation and appoint Reyes so that the State of Utah can move past this.

kearns, UT

I believe Mr Swallow needs to resign. Our great state deserves a person in his position to be above reproach.

one old man
Ogden, UT

There is a very disturbing story currently on the Salt Lake Tribune website. Its headline is:

Swallow suggested cash in exchange for protection, sources say
Politics » Businessmen describe fundraising meetings, offers of favoritism from top law enforcement official.

This charge and many other DEMAND thorough investigation.

The plot thickens. Or should that be Sickens?

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