First-of-its-kind panel should expect to be sued, attorney warns
A person can lead an "honorable life" and still make some bad decisions.
From what has been reported, there is sufficient evidence to conclude that
Swallow recently made some bad professional decisions in his choice of
associations and dealings. Almost everyone caught in such circumstances then
takes on the victimhood mindframe. Swallow appears to be no exception.This report claims that the ensuing investigation will cost taxpayers upward
of $3 million. I very much doubt there is any way Swallow can contribute that
much in service to the state in his remaining 3 year term. There comes a time
when it might be best to swallow (no pun intended) personal pride, resign and
salvage whatever face is still salvageable. I'm confident he could then
have a successful career in private practice, away from the media. Swallow's reputation is already very much compromised. No Utah politician
in recent memory has been this controversial. Even if he gets off on a
technicality, his ability to function effectively as state AG would still be
doubtful. Again, and for the aforementioned reasons, he should seriously
consider a resignation for the good of the state and his political party.
How can ethically and morally challenged people be so unaware? If you are a
politician or a public office holder, and you accept gifts and money from anyone
as payment (acknowledged or not - wink, wink, nod, nod) for some action you
undertake for that person, you are doing something fundamentally wrong. You can
run to the highest mountains and loudly and often profess your innocence, but
your friends, neighbors, and the divine leader of us all see what you are doing.
I wish Mr Swallow well, but if he continues to fail to understand what he did,
he seriously needs help and spiritual guidance. Just the things he admits doing
are enough, so I am not trying him in absentia. He admits doing things that are
abhorrent to decent law abiding people.
"Do they know about the boat"? -- John Swallow
He may be technically innocent.. But, what honorable person, that wants to keep
from looking bad, would hang out with guys that do payday loans, Online
gambling, and offer the use of their toys!If I DON'T want people to
have the impression that I drink alcohol, its probably best if I dont spend time
in bars. The last 2 attorney Generals have taken money from some slimy people..
Then with the slimy people get in trouble, the Attorney Generals say how slimy
they are.. Not fair to the slimy people :)
The conclusions of the House investigation are still some ways off, but what is
clear from the facts already known in the case and admitted by Swallow, is that,
while he may indeed have technically avoided crossing over the line into
illegality, he has been tiptoeing along the bare edge of violations of the law
frequently. Many of his actions, even if found technically legal, are clearly
ethically suspect by most citizen's standards. The very confusion and
questions such behavior creates is what renders him unfit to function as the
leading law enforcement officer of the state. With his integrity in serious
question, he lacks credibility or moral authority to perform the job for which
he was elected. It's not about him, it's about the citizens of the
State of Utah needing an AG who has the trust of the people. We deserve better
than to have the AG's office sit essentially paralyzed, unable to perform
in any meaningful way, while months of investigation into Swallow's
conduct drag by. If his purpose is really the good of the State, it's time
for him to step aside.
"Why is the media and the Legislature giving so much credence to allegations
of these types of people?" Swallow said. Why? Because those are
the "types of people" that you had inappropriate dealing with.
Literally????That would certainly save the taxpayers a whopping amount of
I am sure he is indeed "blown away" by the investigation, as afterall he
has watched his Utah State Government colleagues get away with the same kind of
thing for decades and no one seemed to mind as long as they weren't
secretly drinking Maxwell House on the sly....
I'm "blown away" too... What are they waiting on?
Lower the boom and let the State and J.S. move on!
He seriously needs to resign...
Swallow has "lived an honorable life".Ask him. He will tell
you!He must be the most honorable person he knows!
"I ask myself how did I get in this position."You got in
this position, John, by exhibiting a horrible lack of judgment on several
occasions. We, your constituents, may have been willing to excuse one lapse but
you have shown a total disregard for the common decency and ethics that every
elected official should possess. Had you done the decent thing and resigned
while you tried to clear your name, chances are you could have redeemed
yourself. Now you are political (and probably professional) toast. As well you
Aren't we all just so glad Swallow, Johnson, and all the rest are such
good, upstanding LDS folks living "honorable lives"?
True Gold does not fear the refiners fire!Here comes the heat!What are you scared of John?
Any school teacher, college professor, or police officer would have been
investigated long before this. If the Attorney General has in fact lived an
honorable life I believe an honest and open investigation will exonerate him.
Threatening to sue if such an investigation goes forward does not exactly
reassure the public. I would think the AG would be anxious to have his name
If the people don't want Swallow they can vote him out. I think what the
legislature is doing is wrong. They ought to be investigated and you'd
probably find things as well. I'm very disappointed in what they are
doing. That money could be spent on other things of greater importance.
If you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to worry about. I
think that's taught when we're kids. Mr. Swallow seems to have
forgotten that little gem. Let the chips fall...
John: It's called avoiding the appearance of evil; look into it.
Mr. Swallow did not act in a vacuum. It is entirely possible that as a person
of political power he and all of his colleagues in political office attract all
kinds of people seeking favor and special treatment. We call them lobbyists,
some are registered and some not. The role expected of Mr. Swallow is to
discern which ones to hang out with.It appears Mr. Swallow's
situation involves hanging out and possibly taking gifts from people he should
have met in his office with the doors open and minutes taken of the meeting, and
not out of state and out of sight.It could be and probably is
possible that many people in state government have hung out with and accepted
gifts, favors, or VIP treatment from the same or similar people, and Mr. Swallow
having seen this behavior, modeled it.I am curious what will be
discovered regarding his predecessor after 12 years of hanging out with the same
or similar people.
John Swallow is the epitome of a teenage rationalizing his mis-deeds to a Bishop
-- Who did not "technically" break the Word of Wisdom,or did not "technically" break the Law of Chastity...
This is not a witch hunt. This kind of investigation does not come about unless
there is a reason.His quote, caught on camera, about the questionable use
of he houseboat- "Is there a paper trail?" is enough reason right
there---all else aside--to question just what the heck he's doing.Sorry Mr. Swallow. You shouldn't be 'blown away" by the
investigation. You should be blown away by your own egregious misuse of your
position. By not knowing that cameras and microphones are EVERYWHERE.
Mr. Swallow's ability to serve is severely compromised. It is now costing
us least three million (and probably much more) to investigate. As a civic
minded public servant he should resign.It it is time to broker a
deal, stop the charade and let him salvage what he can of his life.
Ever wonder how the townsfolk in Salem got caught up in hunting witches? Just
read this paper and the tribune. I defy any reader to articulate for me a single
illegal act that John Swallow committed. I have been reading both papers ever
since this media created scandal campaign started and I am still waiting to read
about a single illegal act. Read through these comments at all those who say its
obvious what law was broken but never bother to tell us in what regard --
because they can't. Pray that if you are ever accused, these folks are not
on your jury and these newspapers do not make your conviction their crusade. The
two guys that are at the heart of the scandal are criminals who made got rich
when they learned that people would believe them no matter how unlikely their
story. The reporters who keep recycling their lies and the readers who delight
in reading them are just the latest in a long line of suckers.
Is John Swallow's nom de plume "Mighty Mouse"?
DN People, your "Newest First" sorting links are not working!Fix that. My fingers are cramping up...
Those who post here and condemn John Swallow don't understand the
underbelly of the left. They are masters of entrapment and play this shell game
to perfection. The movie Now you see me/ Now you don't shows sleight of
hand magic. This is what the modern day Democrat Party and Rino Republicans
excel at. It is finding conservative office holders for example Sarah Palin and
they use every trick, like Tina Fey's stand up comedy to ridicule and
destroy her. See how the Utah newsmedia has doggedly obliged the left in their
mind numbing pursuit of John Swallow. Do you believe Obama reaaly won state like
Florida, Ohio,Virginia or were conservative groups targeting by the IRS and the
FEC to secure a victory by Obama. John Swallow may or may not be guilty but the
attack has been awesome to behold.