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Published: Tuesday, April 9 2013 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Bill McGee
Alpine, UT

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.

stevo123
slc, ut

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!

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

This whole thing stinks. Swallow is not to be trusted.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

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.

Deserthiker
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

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.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

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.

Ed Meyer
Kanab, UT

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.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Did he resign yet?

JWB
Kaysville, UT

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.

Lillie
Panguitch, UT

I have known John Swallow to be an honorable man. Let the investigation play out and prove guilty or not.

New to Utah
PAYSON, UT

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.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

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.

GD
Syracuse, UT

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 republican power.

David
Centerville, UT

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.

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