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Published: Tuesday, June 11 2013 5:00 p.m. MDT

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let's roll
LEHI, UT

Swallow shouldn't be surprised when the citizen's of Utah continue to question his judgment when he decides the best use of his time at this critical juncture is to attend an out of state conference boondoggle at taxpayer's expense.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

That is the best comment in 3 months of controversy with John Swallow. That is an executive judgment and the legislature needs to rethink their options. The Governor cannot rely on his own attorney as that doesn't have the same force of law as an Attorney General. The Governor didn't agree with how the AG was handling the Utah and Federal land issue. The AG thought he could use the power of his office to get the Federal land people to bend. Instead, he is bending over backwards and is ineffective in the marathon race he is supposed to run for us as a public servant. The Governor may be far from perfect, but he has said for months that the AG is not effective. Not effective means he can't do what he was elected to do with trust, integrity and honor due to his ethical and potential other issues.

Trust is vital even though the Federal non-elected AG doesn't have any of those qualities and is very political in what he does. He can't even be professional as an attorney is supposed to have Ethical values and demonstrate those to the public.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

It doesn't matter if John Swallow is guilty, losses the public trust, tarnishes the office, drags the entire State of Utah through the mud....

So long as he has the "R" next to his name - he can do no wrong, and will always be elected.

Truly makes the mob politics of Chicago pale in comparison.

I hope the GOP is proud of him.

charisol
Smithfield, UT

Sorry, John. I don't think this could happen to me.

Interloper
Portland, OR

The federal government is not responsible for putting John Swallow in office. The voters of Utah and, the Republican Party of the state, are. As a leader of the Utah GOP, Gov. Herbert bears some of the responsibility.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

here is some one keeping him in office. There has to be an agenda to finish.

gotold
Ivins, UT

Well John Swallow has gotten himself into a real mess! There doesn't appear to be any way out of this for him.... other than resignation or impeachment. Either way, he has no where to go, he is a professional politician with apparently no other viable career choices. I feel badly for him and his family but Utah will be better off when he is gone.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

Cudos to the governor for having the wherewithal to come out and publicly say what he and most people in Utah feel.

Sorry Mr. Swallow but if you wrestle with pigs you are bound to get dirty. Your poor choice of asociation here is going to cost you. But it is the same lack of good choices that is going against the grain of Utah citizens.

stevo123
slc, ut

I feel that this scandal can and will go beyond Mr. Swallow. Let us let the investigation run it's full course and clean the whole system. This may sound trite, but this scandal has "legs".

fish8
Vernal, UT

When you hang around in the barn yard with the pigs you are going to get some mud on you, even if you're not doing anything wrong.

r0cky74
Erda, UT

Finally the governor opens his mouth, though it be too little, too late. He apparently wants to wave his wand and make the Utah sheep believe that he has had nothing to do with the actions of an AG who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Still, he wants us to believe there is nothing he can do about Mr Swallow and that he is powerless to lift a finger. Do you really buy this Utah? Do you really believe that the AG for the state of Utah is all powerful and answers to no one but the ballot box? Wait, I hear the governor calling. It's time for the sheep to return to the shephard.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Doesn't Utah have any provisions for the Governor to appoint an independent investigator to look into these allegations and make specific charges or exonerate John Swallow? I somehow doubt any school teacher, college professor, or police officer would have lasted a week. If the Governor feels so strongly, perhaps he should consider making such an appointment rather than complaining to the press.

SlightlyOffCenter
Salt Lake, UT

"What happened to me could happen to anyone"? John, this did not "happen" to you. Traffic accidents happen, getting hit by a foul ball happens, getting robbed happens. But this, this you did to yourself with every unethical decision you made.

Oldcoach
Hurricane, 00

Swallow will never resign because he is a narcissistic politician only thinking about himself. He seem to have seen his position as a way to money and more money.

One of the biggest problems we have with our elected officials is that as soon as they get elected, they try to figure how to get re-elected rather than serving with honor and letting the electorate decide if they should vote for them again. Honor is a precious thing that has been forgotten in our world. We will soon be as a 3rd-world country politically. Citizens United was the worst Supreme Court decision ever. Bar none.

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