I've been around for awhile, but I don't recall ever having a state
level elected official surrounded by this much controversy. The negative side
effects are the inability of that official (Swallow in this case) to function
effectively while under such scrutiny, and the additional cost to tax payers of
ongoing investigations. It's all very sad and frustrating for everyone
involved. Given those negative effects and the fact that this
process could be ongoing for quite some time, I still feel, as mentioned a few
months ago, that the best option for all concerned would be for Swallow to
resign his position... regardless of whether he is technically guilty or not.
The controversy already generated is very real and will not be going away
anytime soon. That same ongoing controversy will very much limit his
effectiveness in trying to do his job. Even if acquitted, a cloud would continue
hanging over him. If there wasn't so much personal pride
involved, he would be able to clearly understand this and voluntarily do the
right thing... the overall best for him, his family and for the citizens of
Why am I not surprised?Nothing is going to be resolved.the Legislature is trying to run out the clock on this one. Hoping that
eventually we will forget about this issue.
To see the Legislative light on the Capitol building last night is a significant
moment for our elected Attorney General and his special appointment he received
from the previous Attorney General. Who are his opponents? Are
they really opponents or people who want an Attorney General without
deficiencies with ethical issues? We don't want an Attorney
General that phrases everything he says to make it appear politically and
ethically correct. We want an Attorney General that is clean and has a pure
heart with an intent to tell the truth not parse words and meanings.His honeymoon of 90 days ended short of the 90 days in February 2013.
However, both the Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor are receiving a high
rate full-pay and benefits while we have people that are jobless in Utah.