When the vast majority of Utahns vote straight ticket or party line, most of our
elected officials by default actually get elected in the caucuses and
conventions by a tiny group of often politically extreme power brokers. This has
created one of the most corrupt and corruptible elections systems in the county,
and that's how we end up with a consistent crop of elected officials like
Swallow, who exist on the political fringe, and who do not actually represent
the majority of Utahns. Guilty or not, the whole thing is an embarrassment, and
it is our own fault for being irresponsible and thoughtless citizens.
The mere thought of Mr. Swallow trading cash for future favors is wrong on so
many levels. Mr Swallow has sullied the office and should resign now!
This whole thing stinks. Swallow is not to be trusted.
I think Republican party cronyism is at fault for Mt. Swallow's continued
presence in his office. Had the AG been a Democrat there would have been
multiple calls for his "head" so to speak. People knew who Mr. Swallow
was, and what his values were long ago and chose to overlook them for various
reasons. Now no one wants to touch the matter for fear of guilt by association.
This why we get what we get, it isn't so much straight party ticket
voting, although that plays a part, but ignorant (lack of knowledge) voting.
The signs were there if you looked close enough. Someone allegedly
said that money is the life-blood of politics, but I feel it also corrupts the
weak of character and those whose sense of worth is tied to a bank account or
title. True public servants, people who are open, honest and self-limit their
time and exposure to the siren call of politics are rare, and that too, is sad.
It seems odd that the Attorney General Swallow would file his response to the
Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell who is also under investigation but for alleged misuse
of power. That is like the fox guarding the hen house. I know they have to do
their job but it seems also odd that the Attorney General has his paid staff
doing work for this type of effort. If they were violations prior to him taking
office, then that seems as if it would be on his back and not state funds. That
again, is the fox guarding the hen house. It was not part of his job when he
ran for the office of Attorney General. He might have been the Chief Deputy
Attorney General but when he is meeting at the "donut shop" that was his
campaign, not official stats. Attorneys know the law and that means how they
can get around what the normal person does or knows. AG Swallow has
run for political offices and was an elected official prior to this situation.
He knew what is required during an election process from running for Federal and
State elected positions. He got full backing from AG Shurtleff.
Key to the effectiveness of any public official is trust and credibility. Given
that the AG is entrusted with enforcing the laws that govern all of us, it is
particularly vital that the conduct of the AG be beyond reproach with regard to
both law and ethics. Appearances matter. We need an AG who strides openly and
confidently in clearly legal and ethical territory, not one who seems always to
be skirting the line and repeatedly having to explain why a given action
doesn't "technically" violate the law. I voted for Swallow (and I
never have voted a straight ticket), but now feel that his credibility has been
so damaged by all this dancing on the edges of legality that I believe he's
lost the confidence of most of the public. He seems repeatedly to be in
ethically murky territory having to make explanations for his behavior. I no
longer feel that he commands sufficient trust and credibility to perform the
vital duties his office demands. Pretty tough to effectively and credibly
investigate violations of the law when multiple investigations seem to be always
lurking over one's own head.
Truth, Honesty, Honor and Integrity are what the Attorney General is to espouse
for our state. If any one of those is missing, then he needs to resign as he
can't make what he has sworn to do last January 2013. I do have a problem
still with Mark Shurtleff backing 100 percent his Chief Deputy Swallow all the
way to the election when he knew prior to election day that Swallow had some
potential problems. I guess it is just like Governor Herbert making statements
that the Lieutenant Governor is not at fault in this latest investigation. The
Governor said that DePaulis resigned on his own volition. That is a play on
words as DePaulis said he was resigning because of the Lieutenant
Governor's ability to make life miserable for DePaulis and his DCFS leaders
and managers if he stayed. He may resigned instead of being fired by the
Governor at-will but the Governor is not telling the truth as he is trying to
deceive people in the real intent. The AG and Lieutenant Governor
are two of the top people in Utah's government, Honest and Integrity in all
their dealings with their constituents.
IN times like this we need to remember that those who filed allegations against
Mr. Swallow are only one side of the story, although their position reflects the
current public distrust of elected officials. Mr. Swallow deserves to have his
response fairly reviewed and not be tired in the court of popular opinion. I
don't know the man and he certainly has a lot of questions to which he
needs to provide answers. However, allegations by biased parties should not be
the basis for forming opinions and certainly not for taking action. Be patient
and this will work itself out one way or another.
Did he resign yet?
John Swallow was in Kanab running for Congress. I know he has been fighting
with other states to get federal lands and agencies to protect what Kane County
has a lot and with just 5,000 people. The Governor doesn't have as much
zeal in that fight, as he picks his fights, also. You haven't heard too
much from the Lieutenant Governor since the middle of February and a lot from
the Governor. AG Swallow doesn't speak much and has his various people in
the AG office speaking for him. I also know that Utahns don't
like the Federal government snooping around into people's lives but bit by
bit the various agencies delve into Utahn's lives more and more.There is a balance and the Attorney General needs to be above all the chief
enforcer of the law and cannot do that when he is involved in his own battles.
I have known John Swallow to be an honorable man. Let the investigation play
out and prove guilty or not.
Those who oppose John Swallow as expected immediately respond that he must
resign. We actually have a system in place that makes our country different than
others it is innocent until proven guilty. John Swallow has at this point done
nothing that would require him to leave office. Democrats and Republicans who
want someone else will never stop demanding he leave.
The AG, Auditor, Treasuer, should be appointed by the Governor. The governor
should have the right to choose his own cabinet. That is the way the feds do
and many other states do it.
I voted against Swallow due to many of these concerns were made before the
election. It is difficult to know how to vote because you really don't
know these people. You rely on what's said, delve into the candidates
backgrounds etc. I generally vote more republican than democrat because
I'm more conservative in nature but never vote straight party. I think
that is a mistake. I hope Mr. Swallow comes out of this okay. I hate to see
anyones life ruined. However if they find enough evidence against him then he
should be released. If that were to happen I would want the democratic
challenger placed in the office though I know that will never happen. Too much
Even if Swallow is guilty, we need to let the process play out. If he were to
resign now, it could empower opposition groups to always cast accusations at
elected officials and call for their resignations. I didn't
vote for Swallow, and I fear that he is guilty of some or much of what we hear.
Republicans leaders are quickly distancing themselves from him, which seems to
speak to their opinions of his position.I still say to let the
process play out.