Allegations against Utah attorney general concern party officials
This does not bode well for Mr Swallow. As with all politicians
everywhere...follow the money.
All politics be it national and local need reform. However, Swallow was not part
of this. It is getting a bit irritating that every story is about Swallow. How
about letting the justice system work it's course before convicting the
The only thing that concerns "Party Officicals" is getting re-elected.
Be it Democrats or Republicans. Swallow is on his own to defend something he did
3 years ago while not a Career Service Employee. Most politicians will distance
themselves but in the end Swallow will be found innocent.
I agree MFranko, a person with a very questionable character makes an accusation
against Swallow, and everything that is wrong with Utah politics is placed
squarely on his back. It's an opportunity to grandstand for the dems and
nothing more. The ongoing attack on Swallow regarding this so called
"scandal" is so far from serving the public interest it is ridiculous.
As a constituent, I want my party officials to focus on the real issues and let
the experts deal with these "accusations" in the appropriate manner.
It's not fair to use Swallow as the fall guy for what has been wrong with
politics in Utah and in America as a whole for a very long time. If this
situation has prompted the need for ethics reform, great! That doesn't make
Swallow guilty of any wrong doing.
The problem with letting the legal system take its course, is that it is a long
course. The issue demands quicker resolution. Nor should there be anything wrong
with it being a public matter. As much as any other case I can think of, the
John Swallow situation underlines why it is so important that the Sixth
Amendment promise of a speedy and public trail should be accorded our citizens.
And, it underscores that it is not happening. Of course we should have a quicker
system. Why would it in any way be wrong to have a trial right after the charges
come up, and to bring all the charges and evidence and witnesses that at that
point are available and act on them immediately? It does seem to me that that is
no more than what the Bill of Rights calls for. If the case is pursued beyond
that initial trial, so be it. If further investigation is warranted, and more
evidence is found, and more witnesses step forth, that is fine. We already have
cases lingering in the court long past when they were started. At least by
having a quick trial, some of them can be nipped.
The spirit of "a speedy and public trial" promised in the Sixth
Amendment suggests that wherever we can move to resolving such issues rapidly,
we should. If this means quicker impeachment proceedings, that should happen.
What are we waiting for? "Speedy" does not mean waiting six months while
a cloud of doubt hangs over Swallow and his office. It does not mean leaving the
office strangled until a resolution is finally arranged. Every government and
political body that has a determination of justice to make in the matter --
whether it is the courts, themselves, the Legislature, or the party -- should be
pursuing their decisions in "a speedy and public" manner. Seems to me
that way, at least if the words of the Bill of Rights are to be taken to
heart.One more thought. Injustice is not in being tried and
condemned. Injustice is being condemned without being tried. No, that does not
we mean we wait for the courts to run their course, for we can see that the
public will condemn on its own time frame. If we are to provide justice, then,
we must place the trial ahead of the public's rush to judgement.
I don't think this is a rush to judgment. The criminal justice system will
take action in due course. But as Chairman Wright points out, meeting with
Johnson at the Krispy Kreme was unethical. I don't think Mr. Swallow denies
the meeting and there is a tape of it. We should be able to expect more of our
attorney general. Staying a weekend on Mr. Johnson's luxury houseboat is
also very questionable to me. From admitted facts, I think it is clear that Mr.
Swallow was insensitive to the nature of his position. If you take campaign
contributions from businesses that, as attorney general you are likely to have
to investigate, if you take weekend houseboat trips from people you are likely
to have to investigate, if you have private meetings with donors who are being
investigated by federal agencies, as an attorney you have acted improperly.
People will naturally expect leniency based on their donations and relationship.
We deserve better from an attorney general or his chief deputy.Also,
Mr. Jackson, double jeopardy would prevent further investigation and a
subsequent charge after an initial trial.
As far as our politicians go, there are things that are clearly wrong and there
are things that are clearly illegal.Unfortunately, the two do not
Public officials need to be held to a higher standard. The appearance of
impropriety ought to be enough to call for their resignation. Mr Swallow has
placed a seed of doubts in Utahn's minds, that is enough for him to step
down as the top law enforcer in the state. But pride will not allow him to do
so, he will fight this and taint his name and the office even further.
That's too bad for him and for our state.
After talking with other members of the GOP central committee yesterday, I think
they prefer to let the legal process takes its course before they do anything.
Personally, I would like the party to show some leadership on this issue. I want
to send a strong message that the party does not condone Swallow's actions.
That we will not support anyone that breaks the public trust this way or shows
this kind of character. Not sending this message, also sends a message
doesn't it? Aaron GabrielsonWasatch County Republican
If the Utah Republican Leadership believed in Good Government, they would lead a
move to Impeach Swallow. There is no way these corrupt politicians will ever do
that, it would hurt their own power base.
Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright reminded committee members of the party's
platform. "We demand honesty, integrity, morality and accountability of our
public officials. We will work to expose and stop corruption," Wright said,
speaking at the Juab County Fairgrounds.When I see quotes like that
it makes me wonder when they plan to start. Saying it and DOING it are two
widely different things.
HeatedUp -- are you absolutely sure that only "Dems" are grandstanding?
What does it matter? The dems just want to make noise,Swallow will just wait it
out and be re'elected in 4 years, and now some of the Republicans can thump
their chests and tell him how they really supporterted him the whole time!
Besides, it's still yet to be determined if Swallow will be a good AG.
This is a real story!Where's the typical Utah Conservative
Republican outcry? I'm disappointed that Swallow is getting off so
lightly! Come on Utah, where are you?