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Sean Reyes vows to restore 'integrity' to Utah Attorney General's Office

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  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2013 12:45 a.m.

    At Governor Herbert's Immigration Roundtable of 2010, Reyes made it perfectly clear that he is for legalization of illegal aliens ("bring them out of the shadows," he said -- and what else is that phrase supposed to mean?).

    In notoriously corrupt Utah this viewpoint is, without a doubt, the real reason Reyes is Attorney General today despite truly remarkable odds (including an overwhelming defeat in 2012).

    Retroactive legalization is the precise opposite of enforcement. It constitutes official refusal to uphold the law. Isn't the first duty of an Attorney General to uphold the law?

    And if Reyes would repeatedly claim (with plausible deniability) that he is opposed to amnesty and to HB116 in a deliberate effort to obfuscate his support for the actual goals and objectives of HB116 (which include, of course, legalization of illegal aliens), is this an official the people can trust? Based on the above, the notion of Reyes restoring integrity to the Attorney General's office is laughable.

    The state took a step backward, not forward, with Reyes's appointment. Reyes never should have been appointed to the post. He should be replaced in 2014.

  • Jason Williams Los Angeles, CA
    Dec. 25, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    Let me repeat that most any high school U.S. government student knows that, in the long run when legally challenged, voters cannot vote away our fundamental rights. Governor Herbert and Attorney General Perez should show some leadership and explain this fact to Utahns who appear confused about Judge Shelby's ruling. I hope that the governor and attorney general are not cynically pandering to the voters by supporting continued requests for stays to the judge's decision. They are just setting up Utahns who support opposite-sex only marriage for more disappointment. Although the governor does have formal legal training, he did graduate from high school. Attorney General Perez, of course, has extensive legal training. Those two state officials should stop playing political games and level with the people of Utah.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 11:45 p.m.

    Re: ". . . this "liberal" thinks so far he is starting off on the right foot for restoring integrity, his office has advised the county cler[k]s that they must issue licenses . . . ."

    Which is the correct advice. Those licenses will, however, be declared "void ab initio" when the US Supreme Court upholds Amendment 3, rendering any marriage performed under their authority null and void.

    Those "married" gay couples won't be any worse off than they are now.

    But they won't be any better off, either.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    @procuradorfiscal

    "That liberals believe 'restoring integrity' means the new Attorney General's first official act should be to violate the law ..."

    this "liberal" thinks so far he is starting off on the right foot for restoring integrity, his office has advised the county clerics that they must issue licenses to gay couples or they are in violation of "the law." I do not however agree with Jason, he does have an obligation to examine the ruling by Judge Shelby and decide if he thinks based on the legal arguments if the state has some legal grounds to continue to peruse appeals and advise what steps the state should or should not take next.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    Marxist, Reyes is not a mainstream Republican.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    If he is a man of integrity (and I have no reason to think he isn't), it won't be hard to restore integrity itself to the office. However, restoring the respect and trust of the public to the office will be quite difficult. Good luck.

  • Sonny N. Bright Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    I voted for Mr. Reyes in the primary. And I voted for the Democrat, Dee Smith, in the General Election. Swallow just seemed like, "Mr. Slick" to me from the beginning.

    The article notes that his appointment to Attorney General by the Governor provides some vindication to Sean Reyes after a nasty, dirty primary race. It also serves as vindication for a few of us who voted for him in the first place.

    Best wishes and support to him as he works hard toward restoring respectability to the office.

  • caf Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    Good to hear! I wanted to vote for him in the first place but he didn't end up in the final contenders.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    Shelby's ruling is broad enough do we now have to worry about 28 year old men marrying 5 year old girls?

    ...and you expect a reasonable debate when someone has such a naive understanding of law?

    Cats said: "Please fight for the will of the people."

    Because mob rule should always be law. there was a extermination law once and You would have supported such a law if the majority voted for it? because that is exactly what you want.

    Hopefully he wont waste another tax dollar defending message laws.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    Re: "To restore integrity, maybe one of the first things he can do is stop the legal challenges . . . to Judge Shelby's decision . . . ."

    That liberals believe "restoring integrity" means the new Attorney General's first official act should be to violate the law and his oath of office, demonstrates a lot more about liberals, than it does about the new Attorney General.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    That's a whole lotta restoring ahead...

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Dec. 24, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    The AG is responsible to defend the constitution of this state. It is their job, along with our Governor.

    Specifically, how does he do this?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    It will take a long time to get the real integrity back due to the prior 2 Attorneys General. The look on the Governor's face in this article's picture should have been happiness but this Governor has been part of the demise. He is the Chief Executive of the State of Utah and should have brought joy and happiness. Instead his $13M and $85K deals sort of play into the mentality of people in power and powerful positions. When you accept less than real integrity to become part of your dealings with such visibility and publicity from everywhere, the Governor is definitely in a fishbowl of 360 degrees plus up and down, crosswise, etc. With payday loan people past and present, the GOP still has some problems that will exist for years to come.

    The Democrats are not perfect and the retirement of Congressman Matheson will hopefully bring some new blood to whatever office he pursues in public service. Utah's government needs balance and the link of Church members with Republicans should balanced. Power breeds corruption and doing it as a "good" member doesn't bring thought and study of the individual into the process.

    We deserve better.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    Jason,
    1. The AG is responsible to defend the constitution of this state. It is their job, along with our Governor.

    One judge's idea as to what the 14th amendment means doesn't void that. Shelby's ruling is broad enough do we now have to worry about 28 year old men marrying 5 year old girls?

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    If he can go in swinging and fight for the rights of the majority of Utahns in reininstating Amendment 3, then he is the right man. Please, Mr. Attorney General, fight for what's right and against judicial tyranny. Please fight to protect marriage and the family. Please fight for the will of the people. I don't want to live in Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Dec. 24, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    Perhaps he could do a reality show about what the AG does and how he serves the interests of Uthns.

  • Jason Williams Los Angeles, CA
    Dec. 24, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    To restore integrity, maybe one of the first things he can do is stop the legal challenges - stay requests - to Judge Shelby's decision striking down the discriminatory Utah state constitutional provision regarding same-sex marriage. That would also show that he has knowledge of our U.S. Constitution's Equal Protection Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 1:53 a.m.

    marxist,
    After attending 3 q&A meetings/debates, and personally talking to 8 candidates, 7 of which stayed in there along with being there for the speeches on the 14th, Sean Reyes and Bob Smith were the best two candidates of those sent to the Governor. Besides, we want someone willing to face the voters in the fall.

    Bob Smith was definitely outside the typical loop, as was Michelle Mumford, who was in the running up to the next to the last vote.

  • Kristjhn Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 8:25 p.m.

    I'm glad the guy I voted for is getting a chance. Reyes was the right choice from the beginning.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    Governor Herbert did the partisan safe thing, bowing to the wishes of his party. To really restore confidence he should have prevailed on the GOP party brass to appoint somebody outside of the old boy Republican loop - Republican maybe but at least somebody not close to power. This could blow up in his face. If so, it will be well-deserved.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 23, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    Good luck to him. He's going to need it.