I love how whenever a republican is being criticized we always have a group on
this board that will try to justify it by changing the discussion to the other
party. I would think that the party that claims to be the party of morals and
values would want its own people to be above reproach regardless of what the
other parties people did. The so called double standard is that republicans
attack democrats for any and everything, and then justify what thier peple did
because the democrats did it first.
John Swallow didn't show up to the GOP Organizing Convention, the only
elected State official not to be there. I didn't see the Lieutenant
Governor but he could have been doing his investigation of the Attorney
General's actions as he wouldn't want to be appearing as having a
conflict of interest, either.If the AG is sure he would be proven
innocent, then he should have been out there stating that to the people who
voted him in as the party's candidate, 20 minutes after meeting with Jeremy
Johnson in 2012. He was the Chief Deputy and had the highest accolades of his
boss, Attorney General Shurtleff. They appear to have been to some fancy places
together and with that kind of support from the current AG, Mr. Swallow would
surely be elected in November 2012 with such a high number of Utah GOP voters,
15 percent going to the polls trying to elect their candidate as President, a
very special time.Ethics are not just going by the law. That is how
law makers and law enforcers get into trouble when they are actually judged on
ethics. Attorney and Generals know the law but not necessarily ethics.
I did not vote for Swallow and think he should resign but I agree with Redshirt
there should be no double standard and much of the Obama Administration should
resign first because their sins are worse and impact many more people
The AG, state Treasurer, and Auditor are all part of the governors cabinet.
They should be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Same as
the federal government. We have had an AG and Governor of different parties.
That leads to conflict and more partisan politics. Never trusted
Swallow and never voted for him.
To Red Shirt,I agree with you. Obama, Eric Holder, Susan Rice, and
many top Obama administration officials should also resign from office.These scandals go all the way to the top. When you consider the issue with
the IRS, Benghazi, and spying on the media; running arms to Mexican drug
cartels; these issues go all the way to the top. It is not possible that Obama
did not know about each of these. It is quite plausible that he not only knew
about these, but that they originated from him. There is no double
standard and I cannot support John Swallow in any shape matter or form. Even if
what he did was legal it was certainly unethical and he needs to step down or be
To RedShirt,Yes I do think that U.S. attorney general Eric Holder should
To the those who say that Swallow should resign, do you also think that Eric
Holder should resign? If what Swallow did is worthy of resignation, what about
Eric Holder, who ran guns to Mexican drug cartels?Please be
consistent. If being involved in an investigation is cause for resignation,
then President Obama, Eric Holder, Susan Rice, and many top Obama administration
officials should also resign from office.
Swallow should apply for a job in the Obama administration. He would fit right
DN Subscriber 2 -- A multitude of voices in Utah are not speaking
out against Swallow because he is a conservative. The problem is he has
apparently engaged in numerous activities that, if not illegal, are certainly
sleezey and which are shining a strong and unwelcome light on the Utah political
power structure of which he is very much a partmicawber--As long as the AG is elected he or she will engage in politics -- fish gotta
swim and birds gotta fly and elected officials will engage in politics. Even if
the AG were appointed he or she would have to be very sensitive to politics to
further and protect the agenda and career of the Governor.
Conservative/Republicans claim to be about value and morality but Utah politics
has shown them to not be immune from scandals, hotubbing with minors, DUI and
other activities that contradict.
DN Subscriber 2,I wonder how conservatism is supposed to manifest
itself in the office of attorney general. The attorney general's job is to
enforce the law, not engage in politics.
DN Subscriber 2 what Kool Aid have you been drinking. Any other law Enforcment
Officer in the State would be placed on Admin Leave for these allegations.
Swallow sits on the POST council and judges other Law Enforcement Officers. This
isn't liberal or conservative this is about what is right! I do belive you
need to rethink what is conservative. Conservatives stand up for justice and
what is right. Conservatives stand for proper financial mangement. What has been
alledged against the AG does meet this standard!
"It could be that everything John did was within the law and yet still
unethical," Mero said.This is exactly the point in most
politics. Our politicians have failed to police themselves and passed laws
making things that are clearly unethical, a crime.How can a
politician take huge donations from Corporations or Unions and then craft or
vote on legislation that affects those entities?Any judge would have
to recuse themselves as a "conflict of interest" in a criminal or civil
case.We need to wake up people. If the R and D would band together,
they could force laws to clean up our politics.Until you get the
money out of politics, those with the money will buy favors.
"...He is so far to the right, he can't turn left...".I
enjoy good attempts at defining todays politicos...Let's
see...if he's so far to the extreme right wing he could possibly... return
to the left... but may not be able to continue further along the extreme right
wing path...which leads to the question of correctly defining the observable
essence of todays extreme right wing politicians...who is the most extreme right
wing politician in Utah?...by comparison in the United States?Anyone...Anyone...
DN Subscriber 2. You have an interesting slant on Utah Politics. Mr. Mero is
about as right wing as the come. He is so far to the right, he can't turn
left. Besides, we need moderate people getting into politics in this State.
President Eisenhower said it best, "The left and the right side of the road
are for gutters, the best place to drive is in the middle."
DN Subscriber 2 may want to review what has been said about John Swallow for the
past five months. John Swallow may be a strong conservative, but he has
disgraced the office of Utah Attorney General. Liberal or conservative, the
people of Utah deserve better.
Sutherland Institute USED to be a conservative group, now it is squarely in the
moderate-liberal wing, and prone to attack any real conservatives.John Swallow is a strong conservative, hence the attack from the "new"
Sutherland director.The combined attacks on this conservative from
the liberal establishment coalition (media, some career politicians, and the
rabid Democrat left) may eventually force Swallow out of office, overturning the
results of a primary and general election but achieving their goal of preventing
I agree with the Sutherland institute. It is time for John to go...
Look what happened to all the West Valley City arrest charges filed that were
dismissed because of misconduct on the part of the police department. Can Utah
afford to have important state criminal and civil cases be contaminated and
thrown out because of the possible corruption on the part of the Utah Attorney
General. Even if such charges against Mr. Swallow are not criminally legal, can
Utah afford to have his judgment and approach to operating the State top law
enforcement position become the norm? It seems real dangerous to allow Mr.
Swallow to remain in office just for the distraction and morale issues that can
effectively lower the ability the General Office and staff to do their job.
Paul Mero is finally right on something. I agree that Swallow should step down.
But, I don't believe for a minute that he is a man of integrity. Mr. Mero
seems to be making excuses in saying that all politicians fall for the money and
power!! Mr. Swallow has portrayed himself as standing tall in support of doing
what is right. He has apparently fallen very short of his self portrayal. One
party control has caused a sense of arrogance among many of Utah's
Republican Leaders. Swallow and Shurtluff will both end up in the same state as
Walker, Garn, Kilpack, Curtis, and other disavowed and displaced politicians.
We need Open Primaries, Term Limits, Finance Reform, and a good recall law. I
hope the Republican Leadership will step up and fix this mess. They helped
create the monsters among us, now they need to clean up the mess.