The spokesman for Utahns for Ethical Government demanded a retraction from 3rd Congressional District candidate Karl Snow Monday for publicly referring to the organization as a group of "convicted felons, known criminals, polygamists and other corrupt lawbreakers."
Spokesman Scott Norton contacted Provo attorney Shelden R. Carter "to pursue legal remedies" in reference to the comment, which the group claims Snow made in a letter sent to Richard Snelgrove, chairman of the state Republican Party, that was quoted in local newspapers.In a letter to Snow delivered to his campaign headquarters Monday, Carter said "such statements are damaging to a person's character" and that the statement, at least in reference to Norton, was false.
"I know the concerns of `Utahns for Ethical Government' presently is disturbing to yourself and your campaign, but a citizens group should not be labeled and penalized wrongly for the expression of their concerns for ethical leadership," Carter said.
Norton wants Snow to make a public retraction of the comment and to send the retraction to each member of the Utah media "to mitigate any damages."
"I find it very disturbing that rather than answer our questions, Snow attacks us," Norton said.
Utahns for Ethical Government does include Percy Kalt, who was convicted for firebombing convicted stock promoter Michael Strand's home, and John Darger, a self-acknowledged polygamist.
Snow campaign spokesman Clark Caras labeled Norton's demand a "cheap ploy" and said Snow did not make the comment in question.
"One thing Mr. Norton needs to realize is as the pseudo head of this so-called group of Utahns . . . Mr. Norton has made himself a public person," Caras said. As a public person, Norton is open to comment about the group he is associating with, Caras said.