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Published: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 6:24 a.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 6:24 a.m. MDT

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GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

“Pressuring a convicted lawbreaker to leave office probably sounds legitimate.”

I don’t think it’s legitimate at all. Perry used the threat of veto in an attempt to force a political rival out of office. She got a DUI, and Perry had the arrogance and remarkably bad judgment to actually threaten to veto a bill if she refused to resign.

That would be like Obama threatening to veto a funding bill if a member of Congress doesn’t resign. It’s unethical.

So, “Pressuring a convicted lawbreaker to leave office probably sounds legitimate” huh? That means it would be OK for Obama to pressure Idaho’s Republican (and LDS) Senator Mike Crapo, who was convicted of a DUI just outside the DC beltway in 2012, to resign from office.

What do you think Republicans? Would it be OK with you if Obama threatened to veto a funding bill in order to get this “convicted lawbreaker” to resign?

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Ya can laugh till ya cry but now it seems that our crying has turned to a laugh. Sad.

Esquire
Springville, UT

It seems to me that the editorial writer for the Deseret News should have read this piece before writing today's editorial. The Perry indictment is more than it appears on the surface.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

What we're seeing is the failure of the 4th Estate. If the media had done its job, there would have been many politicians from all parties exposed. Why didn't the drunk driving arrest of the lady politician in Texas get full coverage? Should someone who can't control herself be in a position of authority? Should she be trusted to "dig up dirt" on someone that the Democrats want to defeat? Is that the message that the Democrats are giving?

If Perry is guilty of abusing power, then prosecute him; but, let an impartial person verify the details.

While we're slinging arrows at politicians, let's fully investigate Harry Reid and the land tortoise scam in Nevada. Let's fully investigate the Benghazi cover-up. Let's fully investigate Fast and Furious. Let's fully investigate the sudden appearance of 60,000 children on our Southern boarder, and the failure of the government to properly process those children before sending them to other States. Let's fully investigate Obama's refusal to implement ObamaCare, as written.

Let's expect the 4th Estate to do its job, regardless of whose toes are stepped on.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

Mike Richards; I like your comment. Along with freedom of the press, comes a responsibility to accuratley report the news.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

While we're slinging arrows at politicians, let's fully investigate George W Bush and the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Let's fully investigate the 6,000 dead seervice men and women. Let's fully investigate the 75,000 wounded. Let's fully investigate the 15,000 suicides from PTSD. Let's fully investigate $5 Trillions spent with absolutelky NO accountability. Let's fully investigate $25 Billion of no-bid contracts awarded to Vice President Dick Cheney's companies.

BTW --
I'm now laughing at the same man who fell on his own sword defending Utah's AG John Swallow and former AG Mark Shurtleff....

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

LDS Liberal,

You can laugh all you want, but in the Country that I live in, we are innocent until PROVEN guilty. Perhaps in your mind the trial has already taken place; but in reality, that trial is somewhere in the future. Go ahead and pass judgement. You'll be privileged to receive the same judgement that you passed on others. That judgement will be just and each of us will reap what we have sowed.

You can condemn George Bush all you want, but the blood of 250,000 citizens of IRAQ testify against you and those who condemn George Bush. They were gassed by their leader. Their martyrdom testifies against you and those like you who cast stones at others.

You might want to reflect on who will testify for you. Each of us will have our day when we will hope that someone, somewhere will say something that will help us, but a lifetime of actions will determine the verdict and we will stand as we really are before the judge.

None of us can hide behind a psuednom. Our words will condemn us and justice will be served, no matter how "clever" we think we our.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Mike Richards – “Go ahead and pass judgement.”

OK . . . Perry abused his power, plain and simple.

He did not veto the bill based on its merits. He vetoed it in order to extort concessions that had nothing to do with the bill.

He’s guilty of coercion and abuse of power.

Thanks for asking.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Mike Richards was one of Swallows most ardent defenders. I remember him calling Swallow as "innocent as a baby." Now we're supposed to trust him when he talks about Perry? Sorry, you've lost that credibility IMO.

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