Concerns over Swallow's dealings should have been shared with voters, state leaders say


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  • heated_up Salt Lake , UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    The move to remove Swallow from office as a result of the claims of a not-so-trustworthy business man are nothing more than political posturing. Johnson's accusation simply gave the dems something to run with. Maybe we should remember that John Swallow is not just the Republican Attorney General, but a human being with everything at stake, who happens to adamantly claim he is innocent of any wrong doing. He deserves due process like any other American. What kind of country is this if every time someone is accused of something they are automatically guilty? I don't see what is so wrong with allowing the judicial system to do their jobs and find the truth. Then we can make our recommendations and pass our judgments.

  • heated_up Salt Lake , UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    Why should Swallow leave the office of AG based on the claims of a crooked business man that he adamantly denies? Johnsoon cries "he said I could" basically, and people think John Swallow should have lost his career over it. The political climate in Utah and in the US for that matter is often very disturbing, but that doesn't make Swallow guilty. He should not have lost a chance at his career before the election and shouldn't lose it now as AG based on claims made by a not-so-trustworthy character. Swallow has a right to due process just like every other American.

  • MFranko85 South jordan, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Tell me, how are these things fair, or just:
    How is it just that he should irreparably be held in public contempt without chance to clear his name?
    How is it just that we demand he step down on basis of charges, alone, and before there has been any finding of guilt?
    How is it just that voters went to the polls while this was under wraps? Don't they deserve to know, before they vote? Isn't that, too, justice? If Shurtleff had given this to the FBI, it should have been public. That, too, falls under the Bill of Rights, where it suggests not only a quick trial, but a public one.
    How is it fair for an attorney general to have to conduct his office under such a cloud of guilt? Or, how is it fair to the people who bring cases to the attorney general? How is it just and fair that the people have an attorney general who some say cannot perform the functions of his office, so great the cloud upon his office?

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    "a man who is indicted as perhaps the greatest fraudster in Utah history? "

    Haha, Mighty Mouse, that's funny. The greatest fraudster in Utah history? Not even close. No, Utah is well known for its fraudsters. Haha, too funny.

  • Lermentov PROVO, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 6:14 p.m.

    The real race for attorney general took place in June during the Republican primary. Sean Reyes was brilliant, and I was surprised that he didn't win. When he lost it gave me the same feeling as when Obama won the presidency--a pit in the stomach and wonder at the electorate and how they don't do their research.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    It seems like Republican leadership is trying to distance themselves and make sure they appear clean from this type of scandal.

  • Bomar22 Roberts, ID
    Feb. 13, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    Swallow was Shurtleff's hand picked successor and it is apparent that he was aware of Swallows questionable judgement. There are many opportunities for elected politicians to profit from their position and it takes a person of character to resist. We see it in Washington, we see it in Utah, in the state and local government, both elected and appointed, both Democrat and Republican. It is very important for the voters to educate themselves before casting their ballot.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    If our legislators wanted to know about this before the election, they should read City Weekly. They did an investigative report about Swallow. Too bad the Deseret News doesn't read City Weekly.

  • Mighty Mouse Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 13, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    "Involved in an alleged bribery scandal?" Seriously Deseret News? Is that your standard of jouranlistic ethics that you print allegations based solely on the self-serving declaration of a man who is indicted as perhaps the greatest fraudster in Utah history? I think Utahns need to take a deep breath and consider that nothing new has come out about this "alleged scandal" since the story broke but nonetheless the media keeps recycling the same stale information under a new headline as if it were a recent development. And, as far as other Utah politicians picking up stones to throw at Swallow, is the Legislature ready to live by the same set of rules they like to apply to everyone else? Now that would be a story.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    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 ยป 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?

  • alpinecoach kearns, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 10:50 a.m.

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

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    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.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Feb. 13, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    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.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    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 . . .

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    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.

  • goodnight-goodluck S.L.C., UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    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.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 7:42 a.m.

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

  • blazefan01 west jordan, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 7:11 a.m.

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

  • cookslc Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 7:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Bill McGee Alpine, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    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.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    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.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 5:32 a.m.

    "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.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 5:19 a.m.

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

  • Normal Guy Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 5:03 a.m.

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

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 10:44 p.m.

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

  • Barney Google Beaver, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 7:25 p.m.

    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.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 7:20 p.m.

    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.

  • hnoel Layton, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    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.