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.
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.
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.
@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
Marxist, Reyes is not a mainstream Republican.
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
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.
Good to hear! I wanted to vote for him in the first place but he didn't
end up in the final contenders.
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
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
That's a whole lotta restoring ahead...
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?
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.
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
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.
Perhaps he could do a reality show about what the AG does and how he serves the
interests of Uthns.
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.
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.
I'm glad the guy I voted for is getting a chance. Reyes was the right
choice from the beginning.
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.
Good luck to him. He's going to need it.