New recording, texts show worries about keeping information secret
All this from a man who said he was a "Reagan Republican." I wonder if
history will agree with him?
Why is everyone so shocked? You don't vote for the best candidate
necessarily, you vote for the "R"... only the "R" Party has
the best candidates.Actually both parties field good candidates for the
most part and if you do some research and vote for the BEST of each party,
you'll find there are checks and balances that keep even the shady a bit
afraid of crossing the line.Absolute power breeds absolute corruption...
in both parties... vote a split ticket and end the "Absolute Power"
problem.A good mixture of "R" and "D" brings some
oversight from both sides.
This is not overkill for a man who was to be the Utah chief law enforcer and
lead by example. This type of process he chose doesn't happen very often
in Utah compared to what we had in Illinois. That may be commonplace there but
it is not to be the norm in Utah. We are supposed to have trust in our Attorney
General and management of that office. We don't expect these types of
allegations with an office that is to have Integrity and Honor. We
don't expect our elected officials to take bribe or business money for
their gain, economically and politically. Public officers are reimbursed for
their service. It is sad for the prior Lieutenant Governor to say he left
office as he needed more money. Mr. DePaulis did not need to be lambasted in
his years of real public service for our State. He didn't ask for more
money. However, in our State sometimes people are enhanced by their public
service for more lucrative jobs. The Lieutenant Governor knew the salary and
other requirements prior to his departure and acceptance of the $85,000 for his
Swallow and Shurtleff both need to spend time in prison to show the other
politicians you can't get away with fraud as an elected official. I
realize that may be far fetched to expect politicians to be put in jail by other
politicians, but it would be the right thing to do.
State and federal government bureaucrats would be pounding the pavement looking
for another job if they had even looked like they had done this, if it appeared
they did they would be in jail, but as an elected official Swallow gets
retirement? Really? PLease!!!
When will we ever get some laws passed on ethics and limitations on fundraising
for politicians in the state of Utah? When the voters demand it. Time for every
voter to get informed and write their legistators.
This whole John Swallow affair is such overkill. It islike some kind of
obsession. It has been reported on toomuch let the final report come and
then move on. Most peopleI believe are sick of it. There are many pressing
issues so cover them.
I have always been frustrated by the attempt to describe the $250,000 pay-off as
a "lobbying effort." We lobby -- in the open -- to get laws passed...or
not. We do not lobby to influence the outcome of a criminal investigation or to
stop legitimate prosecution under the law. ANY attempt at either of these two
efforts is bribery -- clear and simple....it is by NO stretch of the definition
Hush money? Bribery? Influence peddling? Oh my!!
As one comment mentioned, why did the Federal Investigators stop with Swallow
and not continue. Maybe their leaders have similar backgrounds with money
laundering, lobbyists, Party games and other types of rabbit trails. Integrity
should apply to the government, military and public officials but it is like
lying, habits are hard to stop.
This just keeps getting better and better.It appears that there are
many victims in this tangled web but my heart goes out to Mrs. Swallow, Mrs.
Shurtleff and their children. What a terrible thing to be dealing with during
the holiday season.I'm wondering how long it will be before
these wives bail on their criminal husbands?
Every time a politician gets in trouble-and then denies it-and then gets in more
trouble, we all act surprised. Every last one of them is a crook. Why do we
keep falling for it? The rule for any political office at any level must be one
and done. That way, no pensions, no lifetime politicians, no dishonesty to stay
in power. ONE AND DONE! ONE AND DONE!!!!
While both Swallow and Shurtleff seem to have flouted the very laws they were
sworn to uphold, my comment is to Sammy Linebaugh. Congratulations Sammy for
being an investigative reporter for the Des. News. I have watched your career
with interest from East high through the U. of U., to a KSL reporter and now
with the News. I hope all is well with you and yours and wish you a Merry
Christmas and a happy New Year. Gene F.
Didn't Swallow, during a radio interview, say something like,
"I'll never be able to prove that I'm innocent"? Seems
there's a very good reason for that: He isn't! This guy needs to be
severely penalized beyond the humiliation he's brought upon the state, his
family and himself. A few years in the slam and permanent suspension of his
license to practice law would be a good start.
Ah, the government of Utah. A $100k there, $13 million here.... it's all so
lucrative. Question: Does all this bribery stuff make the Utah Republican Party
any less holy?
There is no such thing as "legitimate lobbying efforts".Anytime you are paying money to buy influence both sides get dirty. Well, not
get...they are already dirty.To think that we even allow fundraising
efforts is silly. Everyone ends up owing favors to people. That is a system
designed to fail.
This continues to be a very interesting and strange story. The money on the
unfettered internet appears to be astronomical.
Having worked with people from all around the world and living in many
countries, I have seen governments and businesses impacted by their leaders by
integrity or lack thereof.As Marvin J. Ashton, a former President of the
Deseret Book Company and an Apostle said in April 1982, “A lie is any
communication given to another with the intent to deceive.” A lie can be
effectively communicated without words ever being spoken. Sometimes a nod of the
head or silence can deceive. Recommending a questionable business investment, or
failure to divulge all pertinent facts are a few other ways to communicate the
lie.” He mentioned that the first and great liar, “telleth them
that it is no sin to lie. … And thus he … causeth them to catch
themselves in their own snare.” the devil, the father of all lies, to
deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will.” “It
is a tragedy to be the victim of lies. As Samuel Johnson wrote, “The
chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to
be broken.” Power can corrupt people and their processes to
Wow! How appropriate during the Christmas Season......the gift that keeps on
giving. This office should be appointed by the governor so we can avoid some of
the temptations of our state's chief legal officer having to raise campaign
The cesspool keeps getting deeper and wider.
@Something to think aboutHe will be stone broke LONG before he
starts getting his pension---IF he gets his pension.That won't even
cover the interest on the legal bills he'll have by that time.
I just hope if Swallow is found to be guilty of some type of criminal act, the
state will not, not give him his retirement as per him waiting to resign!It would be sad to see him take advantage of the state... twice!
It would seem that some in the Attorney Generals office were out of control.
Don't they have to follow the same rules that regular state employees have
to follow with regards to receiving or soliciting bribes? It makes me think that
the AG's office should come under the purview of the Governor's office
ie not have the AG elected. This has become a power corrupts situation. Sad.
I don't believe it. When he resigned, he said he had done nothing wrong. Heck...he even said that on the "Doug Wright" show.
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.