"It does not specify the number of Republicans or Democrats but would
presumably reflect the overwhelming GOP majority in the House."Yup. Just what you might expect. The Repubs know that if they can stall it
off or "investigate" with the usual GOP thoroughness, Swallow, Shurtlef
and their cohorts will be perfectly safe.
"Bi-partisan" is the important word here. Many if not most states
compose such committees of equal representation from both major parties. It has
been suggested that the committee should reflect the strong ratio of Republicans
over Democrats in the legislature -- which of course is how we have been
represented for the past years, but has been anything but bi-partisan. Some
people believe that it is just this lop-sided representation that has
facilitated situations the committee will now investigate. Such a composition
will only weaken the committee, if not in reality, at least in public
perception. This is no time for hard-line politics. A hard job must be done.
Both parties can work tegether, in equal numbers, to see it is done right.
This may be a burden for the House of Representatives but if it is done
correctly will bring some facts to light with a bi-partisan and fair process,
hopefully. The State of Utah should have had this process prior to
the election if the prior Attorney General had been fair and forthcoming with
the GOP and the citizens of the State. If the prior AG was honest and ethical,
we might not be in this situation now. Again, after living in Illinois for 9
years, this is very similar politics for a lot of their high elected officials,
state and national. Ethical is as important as keeping the law for
the Attorney General. He is to espouse trust with the citizens and those people
he is to enforce. He seems to be arbitrary and capricious in how he administers
the law and has favoritism as a quotient in public office. Quid pro
quo is not authorized in his dealings as the Chief Deputy and Attorney General.
He has blown the trust and should be dealt with by the legislature, good, bad or