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Published: Thursday, May 30 2013 5:35 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Republicans want this to all go away and want to now throw him under the bus. This is a political/religious/cultural problem that the feds are investigating and it goes way way beyond the AG office. The only reason Herbert won't get indicted is because without a gov. lt. gov, speaker of the house etc..the state would be incapcitated. When is church going address this problem of rampant fraud, abuse of power and greed? Seems this is more important than the other "problems" they are concerned with.

Draper, UT

Leave, Swallow! Now! You have disgraced the AG's office and Utah politics in general, if not yourself. If you truly are a public servant you owe it to the people of Utah to step aside while this mess you have created is resolved.

Anti Government
Alpine, UT

I have zero tolerance for political corruption regardless of party.

If they are guilty they need to go. Wish more people would be as intolerant of corruption as they are of their supposed opposition party.

Throw the bums out until they realize we the people hold everyone accountable.


Salt Lake City, UT

Wow - the second email linked online (not discussed in the story) shows that Rod Snow was representing Swallow way back in October 2012. Why was he (a criminal defense attorney) representing the candidate for attorney general a month before the election? And why didn't the voters know about that then?

terra nova
Park City, UT

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

...And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards [Salt Lake] to be born?

(From "The Second Coming" W.B. Yeats,
except the words "Salt Lake" are substituted for Bethlehem.)

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Did anyone read the article? Isn't it about a civil trial and the dispositions allowed in a civil trial vs a criminal trial and the dispositions allowed in a criminal trial?

Of course the facts never get in the way for those who made up their minds before any facts were presented. Just seeing the "R" in front of Swallow's name was all the evidence that many needed to "prove" that he was guilty. That's all the evidence that they required to convict Nixon and Reagan and Bush, even as they told us that Clinton was perfectly correct in asking us what "is" is and then telling us that Obama couldn't possibly be involved in any scandals because he has yet to set foot in the White House.

We have a two "standards" in America. One standard is impossibly high for Republicans, and, after reading these posts, the other standard is non-existent for Democrats.

Has anybody even thought of asking Harry Reid why he tried to get Internet Gambling approved immediately after he was re-elected, but then the Democrats tell us that Reid can't be bought.

Salt Lake City, UT

This mess is shameful and I feel that in what is a relatively small state politically speaking, a lot of people knew a lot more than they are admitting. It is time that we resurrect the old phrase of the Nixon scandal, what did the governor, senate president, speaker of the house, fill in the blank, know and when did they know it.

This did not happen in a vacuum. People knew and kept silent. Mr. Swallow's association with pay day lenders, who I feel are bottom feeders socially and morally, and other fast buck artists should have triggered several investigations by the press.

I think Mr. Swallow has rendered himself unfit for office and should resign, or be impeached.

Mr. Swallow sold out for money. Maybe he should have held out for Wales. My apologies to Mr. Shakespeare.


Ironic to get advice about running the state of Utah from a Californian. One state is practically bankrupt and one has not debt. Overall our elected leaders have established good policies for our state. Having said that, in no way do I defend John Swallow. He has some very troubling ties to certain companies that, even if he didn't benefit financially, make the business playing field uneven. He should resign.

Glendora, CA

You don't need to tell me about my state's problems. They are much too numerous to count. The relavancy of my comments are more directed to a state, which is dominated by a faith, to which I also belong, that is becoming a knee-jerk GOP voting block. I would hope the species of my creed, so much represented by the great state of Utah, would be more circumspect in their leadership selections. I personally believe there could be a great contribution to the Democratic Party, for its improvement, by talented defectors. Or, maybe that's just a pipe dream.

Clearfield, UT

Don't blame me. I voted for the other guy.

not here

I thought this story was about Swallow but here is good ole JWB off in la-la land talking about Hillary and Obama. Hey JWB how did this go from Swallow and a problem in Utah, to a statement that Hilary made about a 3AM phone call. Wow man maybe you better lay of or at least cut back on the green Jello.

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