Mascaro says Utah GOP leaders 'stoop low'

He is blaming them for a leak about female intern

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  • JoAnn Hanson
    July 8, 2008 9:26 a.m.

    I am appalled by the actions of Greg Curtis and the timing of this "media leak." It is clear that he is out to get Steve Mascaro. I'm sure he is also trying to discredit Sheryl Allen as well for trying to do the Right thing by having an ethics investigation of the legislature. It makes me wonder what Greg Curtis has to hide?

  • Embarrased
    July 7, 2008 11:25 a.m.

    I am a GOP County level Delegate and have been continually embarassed by my party this year. Shame on our leadership and the Legislative leaders who allowed this to happen. Mascaro is a fine, decent man and one of the few I have been able to count on in the Legistlature. I am embarrased by Walker and Chaffetz for that matter.

    We can do better!

  • John
    July 7, 2008 12:12 a.m.

    Wow, another RINO problem...go figure. Maybe after all the facts are in on this, it will just be another page in the scheme of "Life On The Hill" sounds like a novel, with a never ending chapter. Throw the bums out, clean house, help write the obituary on those dasderly Repubies. Course then you fillit with demmies, oh my gosh are we in trouble.

  • come on....
    July 5, 2008 2:09 a.m.

    this is exactly how the current gop leadership acts. they claim moral superiority thru self-annointed virtue, then visciously attack any who oppose them. i'm not sure about the whole mascaro business, but it seems interesting that with curtis and the gop leadership knowing about this for so long they decide now after mascaro and allen have officially jumped the dogmatic fleet of republican policy to let their feelings on the matter be made known. hmmmm....

  • RE: Valley
    July 4, 2008 11:40 p.m.

    This isn't a he said/ he said. It's more like Walker's word (with no corroborating evidence or witnesses) versus Ellis, Empey, and at least 4 other people, including people in Walker's department and in Empey's department at Zions. They all will share perfectly true and aligned testimony that says what Ellis's story has been all along, and makes Mark look like the biggest idiot and liar in the world. If Walker is found 'innocent," then he will be innocent like OJ Simpson was innocent.

    On another nore, I saw Curt Bramble riding around on a Segway in the Freedom Festival parade today, and it was all I could do to keep from yelling, "you still satisfied with your pick for treasurer???"

  • lesson
    July 4, 2008 11:33 p.m.

    The lesson here is that if the RINOS take out a conservative, the conservatives take out a RINO. Eye for an eye, baby! Poor RINOS don't have many eyes left.

  • Hughes needs to go!
    July 4, 2008 11:19 p.m.

    Greg Hughes needs to Go! Greg is a former staffer for the Meanid Enid Greene campaign. I guess he learned all of his nasty tacktics from her.

  • UTBlogger
    July 4, 2008 11:12 p.m.

    What goes around, comes around. At the June Salt Lake County Republican Party Central Committee meeting Steve Mascaro opposed the re-election of Ozwald Balfour for the Chair position in Senate District 10. The way I heard it, is that Balfour decided that he was not seeking re-election but that Chris Butters asked him to run. Party leaders informed Butters that Balfour had legal baggage and he should be distanced. However, Senator Butters was too big and powerful to call and talk with Balfour about what he had heard. Butters brought some other lady to the meeting and endorsed her even though without Balfours help Butters would have been forced into a primary election. Balfour said in the meeting that Butters asked him to run and the Senator just sat there looking dumb and stupid. Mascaro and other party leaders came out to teach Balfour a lesson. After the meeting, Mascaro was heard to tell Balfour that the Party could not have him in leadership because of his legal problems. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. No pun intended. Balfour is black and founded the Utah Republican Black Assembly.

  • Vally
    July 4, 2008 10:45 p.m.

    I'm amazed at how everyone assumes Mark Walker is guilty. As far as every article I've read, it's a "He said; he said" situation. I've yet to see any substantial proof of wrongdoing.
    I was a state delegate & I got the literature on both candidates. Ellis fought dirty from the first flyer. He has more education & experience than Walker. He should have run most of his campaign focusing on that rather than slamming Walker.
    In the country, aren't you innocent till proven guilty.
    Oh yeah. That's just rhetoric.

  • money,money,money
    July 4, 2008 9:19 p.m.

    Message to Mark Walker: run for your life. If you think for one minute that Hughes or Curtis or the rest of your little circle will be supporting you come Monday, guess again. Their actions and comments today show what little men they really are. You guys think you have been so clever in your transactions, but there might be a nice little surprise coming your way in the near future. I can't wait to see your faces when you guys are on the receiving end of your own dirty politics.

  • independene day
    July 4, 2008 8:47 p.m.

    Greg Curtis and Greg Hughes along with Valentine, Bramble, Lockhart, Shurtleff, Bishop, and Dave Clark have stooped to a new low today...they remind me naughty school boys who keep making up story after story to hide behind their lies. Walker was supported by this group so they could futher their own agenda. The voting public saw them for what they were and sent a stong message June 24.. Come Monday, they will be exposed for what they are. I may not be a member of the moral majority here in Utah, but in my church, we are often reminded of the story when Jesus reminds us "he without sin, cast the first stone". The arrogance of this group of men is disgusting, it makes one wonder how they became such two faced power hungry humans. November is just around the corner, our votes will make a difference.

  • The factual irony is...
    July 4, 2008 8:39 p.m.

    ...Curtis did not instigate this. He actually wanted to suppress it, fearing it would hurt Republicans in November. Mascaro's district is a swing district. Democrats could win this one.

    The instigator was not Greg Hughes either.

    -- One Who Knows The Facts.

  • Reader
    July 4, 2008 8:07 p.m.

    Knowing the track record of this bunch in the Legislature, I believe the intern before I will believe anything that comes out of the mouth of Mascaro, Curtis and that circus of clowns.

  • What's the difference?
    July 4, 2008 7:52 p.m.

    When Bill Clinton did what he did with an intern, it was just fine with the Democrats,no problem! It seems if a Republican even does something very, very mild in comparison,the roof caves in! Gee, I wonder why the double standard?

  • Anonymous
    July 4, 2008 6:28 p.m.

    Quoting Post Above: Allen did the right thing? | 8:00 a.m. July 4, 2008
    All she did was defend Mascaro from his perverse actions. That really sounds like a great women to me. Maybe she should have a little concern for the victim

    Where did you get the idea that she defended "Mascaro from his perverse actions?" She was called out for calling for an ethics investigation of Walker.

  • Nice Diversion
    July 4, 2008 6:15 p.m.

    This has been a nice diversion, but let's not forget that Monday's ethics hearing, with the testimonies of all those who have been subpenaed, promises to be possibly the low point in history for the Utah GOP.

    Will Walker actually show up and listen as witness after witness uncovers his web of crimes compounded by lie after lie? Will his arrogance falter, even for a second? Will he resign in shame before Monday morning, hoping to blunt the impact of the ethics committee? Will Walker implicate all those who put him in this position and name names?

    I remember hearing Greg Hughes on KSL on election day- did he know then that Walker was guilty as sin? I bet he did. I bet they all did. So have fun on Monday boys. Your little world will never be the same, and that makes me so happy. You've worked hard for this, so you get precisely what you deserve.

  • New agenda topic for Monday
    July 4, 2008 5:55 p.m.

    The ethics meeting on Monday just got interesting. Before this, everyone knew that Walker would show up and either resign or say nothing because of the ongoing criminal investigation. Now the committee can start their investigation of Mascaro - "hey, we're all here with nothing else to do . . ."

    Wouldn't it just be awful for Mascaro if the intern was someone else's intern and that Representative was covering up for Mascaro? How spineless to not protect your own intern.

  • Free Mike Ridgway
    July 4, 2008 5:29 p.m.

    Honesty and Ethics. Our platform says that we're for them. You'd have a hard time knowing that by watching and listening to our Republican elected officials and party officers, though.

  • observer
    July 4, 2008 5:15 p.m.

    I'm through voting. It only encourages them...

  • Disenchanted
    July 4, 2008 4:32 p.m.

    As a life-long Republican it pains me to say that I am just about as disenchanted as I can be. I wish I could say that our chosen "leaders" were not corrupted by power and money, but I can't. Why would they back someone like Walker in the first place, other than his dad is rich? I doubt this will be printed, but my son went to Hillcrest High School with Mark Walker. He is not at all surprised by his lack of ethics, because he alleges he had no ethics then either. It is alleged that Walker fixed a student body election by having the kids at the end of the row (to whom ballots were passed) look at each ballot and put those for the opponent in their backpacks instead of submitting them for counting. You can dress a kid like that up and pass him off to be in charge of our state's finances, but how do you clean him up? You don't. So... my questions are, what is in it for the Republican machine to back Walker in the first place; and what is their motive to play these dirty tricks on Mascaro?

  • leak
    July 4, 2008 4:34 p.m.

    the people who leaked this were clearly the same ones who leaked the bribery scandal story to the tribune. notice how in both instances the trib got a leak which then brought a grama request? Its got to be richard ellis behind this

    July 4, 2008 4:10 p.m.

    GRAMA requests are a records request for a state government record.Any one can make a request,not just a reporter. In this case, both newspapers were coached to file a GRAMA request and were told exactly what to ask for. The Legislature passed GRAMA and exempted their own records. And usually, personnel records are exempt. Draw your own conclusion about the motives behind the "leak" to both papers at the same time to ensure press coverage, the GRAMA requests, and the readily release of the memo. Maybe this means the legislature is willing to release any and all records requested under GRAMA.

  • arc
    July 4, 2008 3:40 p.m.

    Not all of the State GOP Senators and Reps were backing Walker. Many wanted Ellis because of experience.

    If Curtis leaked this now, about Mascaro, Curtis should loose in November.

    The News and the Trib have totally different stories of what happened. Both say that the intern felt threatened but didn't want to complain, then or now.

    She had made at comment to someone else on the way home and one of the persons in the car took it further. A meeting was held with the parties, and they agreed that was all that was needed. There was obviously a difference in perception at the time.

    If Curtis thinks poorly about Mascaro, perhaps that is good enough for everyone to vote him back in.

  • It's all the same!
    July 4, 2008 3:00 p.m.

    The Republican Party acts the same wherever you are in the State. The majority thinks they are above the law and do what they want to do. From Salt Lake County to Garfield County, they all belong to the "good ol' boy" club. It's hard to believe that they get away from it!!! At least with the Democrats, you know what you are getting. I'm one republican that will be voting for Democrat Jim Matheson. The good ol' boys didn't appoint him.

  • Mascaro watch your back
    July 4, 2008 2:57 p.m.

    I don't put anything past Curtis, Valentine, Shurtleff, Herbert or Mark Walker. It's obvious they are mad at Mascaro for not sweeping their dirty actions under the rug.

    Sheryl should be glad that they didn't come after her too. Having been at the Legislature I can bear weitness to the way these scumbags treat people who dare to cross them. They also know the truth about their back-room deal passing the bill increasing the State Treasurer's salary in exchange for Walker's support is going to come out and they and their secret combination is going to collapse. They are also afraid Mascaro may cross party lines and tell us what goes on behind closed doors.

    He has the dirt on them and they want to prevent him fro doing the moral thing but Mascaro already knows what they are willing to do to achieve their goals. Just today the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Buttars comments to City officials about how he could get away with implying that black babies are dark and ugly things and then he threatened them. Of course his friend Wendell who was present calls the City officials liars. Who are we going to believe?

  • It's time for change.
    July 4, 2008 1:49 p.m.

    The Republican stronghold in the State Legislature has become a corrupt mockery of a unit. Let's vote for change in the coming election. Out with the incumbents!

  • yes BBKing
    July 4, 2008 1:42 p.m.

    If you go to the trib article about the ethics cmttee investigation and read some of the comments from July 1, you will see that some of the commenters mentioned they knew about the Mascaro harassment. It was also common knowledge amongst all the interns and most of the legislators. I suspect that the trib just read their comments and did a quick gramma request to see if it was true.

  • difference is evident
    July 4, 2008 1:41 p.m.

    There is quite a difference between the reporting in the D News and the SL Trib. Bernick spends a lot of time sharing Mascaro's version of the story. Gehrke spends a lot of time sharing the intern's version of the story. this biased, or did it just happen like that? Any thoughts?

  • enough already....
    July 4, 2008 1:03 p.m.

    I have had it with Curtis, and Hughes they both believe they are above the law and the voters,, well everyone, please prove them wrong and vote them out of office! We need a change in the legislature. enough is enough.

  • You are Excused
    July 4, 2008 12:49 p.m.

    It really doesn't matter what the superior's intent was; just matters that an 18 year old girl felt harassed by the touching. I don't know what is more moronic: thinking the public would believe that the intern was hitting on Mascaro or his using that as a justification. Please join Buttars in the unemployment line.

  • BBKing
    July 4, 2008 12:47 p.m.

    Who tipped the SL Trib off that they should file a GRAMA request? It would be interesting to read the GRAMA request to see how broad or narrow it was. If it was broad, a fishing expedition with something along the lines of any 'disciplinary meetings, etc' and Mascaro was the one name to come up.

    If it was much more narrow, such as a 'legislator' and 'intern' then it get's fishier.

    If it includes the word "Mascaro' then this is clearly retaliation.

    Getting the GRAMA request itself would answer some questions.

  • Well Excuse Me
    July 4, 2008 12:24 p.m.

    for caring enough to ask the poor dear why she was so upset. Or to try to avert a potential situation of self harm. Also, please excuse me for not recognizing that any physical contact between people, regardless of sex or age, is now considered de facto sexual contact. I was just trying to be a human being human, showing sympathy, giving counsel and trying to avoid the screams of the PC crowd to tell her to just buck up and don't bothering me with your problems.

  • hate the game, not the playa?
    July 4, 2008 12:13 p.m.

    are you kidding? you don't get it...curtis is not only the "playa" but he is setting the perverse rules of this "game." if there a sexually assault really occurred then i would completely agree with this coming public. but since this appears so minor -- and even the girl didn't want to press any charges or go public -- this just looks petty and vindictive by greg curtis and greg hughes.

  • Jay Bird is exactly right
    July 4, 2008 12:06 p.m.

    You hit the nail on the head, Jay. I'm expecting follow up stories with more sordid details once everyone finishes their hotdogs and fireworks.

  • hate the game, not the playa
    July 4, 2008 12:04 p.m.

    jay bird, you are probably right. Still the DN could have made their own GRAMMA request and not had to quote the SL trib or unnamed sources.

    You Curtis haters are unashamed. You would think he sexually harassed your 18 year old daughter and not Mascaro. From the articles, all Curtis appears to have done was write an apology to the girl - 4 months ago. Mascaro is the moron here; he should have laid low for at least a year (glass house).

  • Disillusioned
    July 4, 2008 12:00 p.m.

    Give me a break...Curtis is up to his usual strong-armed tactics again. He's trying to discredit Mascaro for not playing along with the good ole boys in the Walker incident by 'leaking' this story 3 months after it supposedly happened and only days before the ethics panel convenes. It's pathetic that he resorts to this kind of thinly disguised retribution. I hope that voters do not get sidetracked with this ridiculous charade. This is not the first time that Mascaro has been punished by Curtis for not playing along with the leadership. Hang in there Mascaro! Curtis and his crowd will get theirs in November!

  • curits at fault
    July 4, 2008 11:59 a.m.

    this is an all-time low for greg curtis and his jesters.

    this is a horrible leak. first, of all the girl was promised that this would not go anywhere. it is violations of trust like this that lead to more serious sexual assualts going unreported.

    second, there appears to be nothing here but an attempt by curtis and his hacks to stop one of their critics in the house. and conveniently the timing of this leak is in place to cover up the ellis/walker investigation.

  • Civility and Proper Procedure
    July 4, 2008 11:54 a.m.

    So Mascaro didn't like something the GOP leadership did and he goes through the proper channels and secures a date for a House Ethics meeting. Curtis doesn't like something that Mascaro does and instead of going through the proper channels, he leaks this to the press after promising not to.

    That's real mature. Civility in politics is dead in the Utah GOP leadership.

  • To: come on DN
    July 4, 2008 11:30 a.m.

    Like you, I was at first very critical of Bernick's reporting on this story. But after reading The Other Paper, I think I can piece together a likely picture of what probably happened.

    Other Paper filed GRAMMA request, got source documents on intern's complaint, talked to those involved and wrote the story.

    DNews was scooped, and had to respond with something, anything. Bernick had to phone all the usual suspects on his source list. Found 2 who would provide background, but not go on the record.

    Pushed into a corner and without the source documents, BBJR took their background and wrote this piece, using them as unnamed sources.

    Still not a flattering situation for the DNews, but not nearly as bad as what I, and other readers judging by the comments here, thought had happened.

    My guess, Bernick felt he had very little choice in doing what he did. I'm assuming he wasn't happy about the situation either, but did what he thought he had to do for the team under the unfavorable circumstances.

    jay bird

  • Censored too
    July 4, 2008 11:28 a.m.

    I made the same comments critical of Bernick. So uncourageous.

  • Typical Curtis
    July 4, 2008 11:17 a.m.

    The Retaliator strikes again

  • Jud
    July 4, 2008 11:14 a.m.

    This is an outrage. Greg Curtis has gone too far this time. Regardless of Mascaro's guilt or innocence, the timing of this "revelation" is an obvious and clumsy act of retribution. Curtis must go. The voters in his district should see to it.

  • sideline
    July 4, 2008 11:07 a.m.

    Curtis can't make the Intern come forward nor do I think he "leaked" this to the press. How can so many lose focus that Mascaro hit on an intern? In another article he blames her saying she came on to him.... I don't think so. Mascaro should look under his own hood before going after fellow legislators.

  • come on DN
    July 4, 2008 11:04 a.m.

    I read this in my DN and came to the website to enjoy laughing at the comments. Come to find out, I had to read the online Trib article to get the most important facts (grama request). Why can't the DN report a little better?

    And that's true about glass houses . . . why would Mascaro file an ethics complaint against someone else just months after his own ethics violation?

  • Censored
    July 4, 2008 11:04 a.m.

    Disappointing morning. Earlier in this thread I tried to post a comment critical of the DNews and Bernick for relying on unnamed sources for this story.

    The moderator chose not to post my comment. I certainly didn't curse or make any outlandish accusations.

    But i got censored, apparently for taking Bernick to task over anonymous sources.

    I pointed out in that post that not using names of sources when GOP leaders are involved in an intra-party tiff only fuels those who see a Joe Cannon-GOP-DNews cabal.

    Much better to name names, as The Other Paper did (except for the intern).

    Guess I touched a raw nerve.

    jay bird

  • Oh Please
    July 4, 2008 11:02 a.m.

    I don't know Sheryl Allen, but she'd better keep her eyes open because she's next. They'll figure out how to destroy her, mark my words.

  • Bill Keshlear
    July 4, 2008 11:03 a.m.

    A classic she said vs. he said.

    But what we DO know is that: (1) no substantial investigation occurred in March and no charges were filed against Mascaro; (2) the victim did not want her allegations to go public; (3) Mascaro has been called a dissident by House Speaker Curtis; (4) there is no indication from Mascaro that he asked Curtis to formally apologize on his behalf; (4) sources inside and outside of the Legislature tipped off both statewide circulation newspapers and the story was published on the same day; (5) Mascaro and four others initiated an ethics inquiry involving bribery allegations linked to GOP candidates and party leaders. It begins Monday; (6) Republican leadership in Utah has a track record of bullying, intimidation, and bending the rules when faced with criticism of their performance as our public servants; (7) the story is a sideshow that blurs the focus of the ethics complaint; and (8) both Mascaro and the alleged harassment victim are now pawns in a GOP power game.

    And heres another thing we DO know: Election Day is 200 days away, and Curtis is up for re-election.

  • Independent
    July 4, 2008 10:58 a.m.

    Maybe it is time to just ban party affiliation in this state and make everyone local run without.

  • John
    July 4, 2008 10:52 a.m.

    I am no fan of either treacherous Curtis, or RINO Mascaro, but look at all the other people who knew about this event- right from the night it happened. Then the intern talked about it with another intern while riding with another legislator. Now it comes out from (or corraberated by) a GRAMA request.

    I would be glad to see both Curtis and Mascaro go, but based on their policy stands and actions in the House, not gossipy innuendo.

    Getting hard to be proud to be a Republican any more.

  • Anonymous
    July 4, 2008 10:49 a.m.

    In the Trib article, Mascaro says the intern came on to him. Mascaro is exactly the kind of guy a college-age woman would pursue. If you've ever seen him before would know that that he is short, overweight, about 60 y.o. and has a huge schnoz. I bet he has to fight the women off all of the time.

  • Anonymous
    July 4, 2008 10:24 a.m.

    I'm certainly no defender of Curtis and will be supporting his opponent but... if you go to the Trib article you will see that this info came to light because of a GRAMMA request by a Trib reporter. Not GOP leaders (if you can call them that).

    Mascaro has some "splanin" to do. In the other article he says the victim came on to him.....
    yeah right!

  • glass house
    July 4, 2008 10:15 a.m.

    What is the saying about glass houses and throwing stones? Sounds like another case of the pot calling the kettle black (no offense to Buttars).

  • Curtis the Patriot
    July 4, 2008 10:08 a.m.

    So this is jow legislative leadership says Happy 4th of July to Rep Mascaro.

    Greg Curtis is a true Patriot, through and through.

    He'll get his, just you wait.

  • Moderate Hope
    July 4, 2008 9:36 a.m.

    This goes to show the extent the right wing of the Utah Reupublican Party is willing to go. As a life-long Republican, I am disgusted with the behavior of the leadership, such as Curtis, Bramble, Hughes, Valentine, Shurtleff, Stephenson, Clark, etc.

    However, there is hope on the horizon. With Donnelson,Neunschwander and Walker losing in the primaries, perhaps some moderate Republicans will get in. I think the moderate Republicans, which includes Mascaro, along with the moderate Democrats, is the hope of the future, and the only way to defeat the stranglehold of the corrupt, elitist right wing Republican leadership.

  • hold on...
    July 4, 2008 9:34 a.m.

    Did Curtis really call the two legislators "dissidents"? I think Curtis is dangerous. To me, "dissident" is a 1950's MacCarthy word. It's a Soviet, take-them-off-to-Siberia word. It's a word used by a petty man that thinks he was the right to run the whole show.

    Curtis has become a joke, except no one is laughing.

    When a false sense of party loyalty clouds the sense of right and wrong, it's time to go.

  • West Jordan
    July 4, 2008 9:18 a.m.

    Whats with West Jordan Buttars now Mascaro?

  • Mills Levan
    July 4, 2008 9:00 a.m.

    The arrogance bred by absolute power is horrible, often devastating to those who run afoul of the power structure. But it also is destructive from the inside out. The Utah GOP is self destructing beyond the ability of its latest PR campaign ("I Can") to stop it. November will see one of the most interesting elections in history.

  • Chuckles55
    July 4, 2008 8:39 a.m.

    Utah's single-party system has no checks and balances. The GOP can spend little and still get their candidates re-elected every time, no matter how poorly they perform. Curtis and Buttars have become extremely comfortable in their positions because they truly believe that they cannot be de-throned. Hopefully, their constituents will do as Chris Cannon's did and throw the bum out.

  • Gossip
    July 4, 2008 8:39 a.m.

    Why do they mind the business of others?
    No business of their own!

  • Independent Voter
    July 4, 2008 8:27 a.m.

    "Smear and fear" is the Republican Party's method of operation.

    The Democrats aren't much better.

    I'll be voting Libertarian, or not voting at all.

  • What about ethics???
    July 4, 2008 8:21 a.m.

    This should read GOP paid political announcement! The Deseret News should never have accepted the bait from the GOP leaders, especially in light of the comments from the Intern that didn't want this made public! In the end the media should force the GOP leadership to figure a way to slander their legislators and just stay out of it. Especially in this case when the Deseret News doesn't reveal sources and or name of Intern. What is the point of this attack anyway?

  • Bishop Curtis
    July 4, 2008 8:21 a.m.

    That should scare us all the Curtis listened to Mascaro's confession, told the girl it would all be confidential, took no disciplinary action, and then leaked it before this ethics probe.

    Thanks Bishop Curtis!

    I hope you have your criminal defense attorney in place! You're gonna need it!

    And I love how they quoted Greg Hughes, who shares a brain with Curtis (or at least half of one). How Kbout quotes from the public who is fed up and sick of it. As a republican from Utah County, I will be in Curtis's district campaigning against him this fall. Removing the cancer starts with Curtis.

  • Allen did the right thing?
    July 4, 2008 8:00 a.m.

    All she did was defend Mascaro from his perverse actions. That really sounds like a great women to me. Maybe she should have a little concern for the victim.

  • Reality
    July 4, 2008 8:01 a.m.

    I would take Mascaro any day of the week of Mr. Curtis. I'm going to be voting for Democrats in Utah this year...especially Corroon, and Bennion Spencer for 3rd District Congressman. (wish I could vote for Matheson)

    I'm done with the Utah one-party corrupt GOP. From the Ellis-Walker fiasco, the State GOP having his daughter as a delegate (and being involved in the Ellis-Walker issue), RSL Stadium, Curtis, Valentine, and the rest of Gilligan's Island GOP people. All of 'em are lost on a deserted island.

  • SLReader
    July 4, 2008 7:48 a.m.

    The "intern incident" aside, I'm yet again appalled by Greg Curtis. In fact, over the past decade I've become pretty disenchanted with most Republicans. Dishonesty, greed, lies, corruption, poor decision-making -- it's all there. I'll say, however, that Sheryl Allen, for one, is an exception. She has always seemed to me to be an honest, straight-shooting, decent person. For Greg Curtis to call her out for doing the right thing? Well, that's Greg Curtis for you...Please voters, remove him and his playmates (cough, cough Chris Buttars) from public life.

  • One party system
    July 4, 2008 7:42 a.m.

    A one party system is no good. Power corrupts, absloute power corrupts absolutly. This is what I see going on with the current politicans that have been in office to long. eight years is long enough. lets vote out those than have been in to long, no longer represent the people only themselves and their friends/lobbists.

  • Mongo
    July 4, 2008 7:42 a.m.

    I, for one. will not be voting for ANY incumbent in the upcoming election. It is time to clear out the Curtis/Valentine/Buttars/Stephenson strong-arm mafiosi from our legislature. Throw ALL incumbents out!

  • Anonymous
    July 4, 2008 7:00 a.m.

    WOW. The Republican party is tanking fast.

    Good time to flush.

  • orion
    July 4, 2008 4:07 a.m.

    Anyone think of the word "hubris" when looking at the antics of our legislators?

  • Bart
    July 4, 2008 3:33 a.m.

    I'm sorry, but all of this "stuff" happening to the good old GOP is just a hoot. You talk about self-destruction! It needs to come out from beneath the wing of the Church and re-invent itself.

  • GOP Protection
    July 4, 2008 2:16 a.m.

    Funny how the only paper not naming any names of the GOP leaders behind this leak has an editor who happens to be the former GOP chairman. Something stinks in Utah and it's the GOP party.

  • Stinks
    July 4, 2008 1:56 a.m.

    Curtis is really showing his true colors with this one. He waits until now? I say they need to convene an ethics probe for Curtis. This just really stinks. People see it for what it is. I'll remember in November.

  • Professor
    July 4, 2008 1:38 a.m.

    I have a business in California and just returned from a ten day stay. Politics in California is also controlled by one party. But it is the Democrats doing the controlling. Liberal Democrats. The state is in a financial mess and has major debt that even a Republicrat can't fix. The big bill of the month in California is a ban on mylar balloons. Gas is $4.85 and Utilities like Water and Electricity have gone through the roof. They recently voted (referendum) for spending on obscure mental health and after school arts and crafts. The spending for these items are now mandated by law and can only be cut by another vote of the people. So they are now cutting broad educational and mental health spending while leaving in place large education and mental health expenditures that benefits a very very small group.

    In Utah the Republicans have given us a balanced budget, which is going to come in very handy in this recession. Gas is $ .80 cheaper. Property taxes are fair and there is less graffiti and gang violence. Utah also seems to have better spiritual bearings, which will also come in handy during the recession.

  • Disappointed
    July 4, 2008 1:07 a.m.

    Curtis and his bitter strong arm tactics have got to go. This man's ego will destroy anyone who doesn't fall in line with him. As a life long Republican I'm truly disappointed in my party for allowing Curtis to remain in power. Disappointed indeed.

  • SLC'er
    July 4, 2008 12:33 a.m.

    Bad, bad day for the Republican party in Utah. Oh well, they'll all still get elected next year.

  • BBKing
    July 4, 2008 12:27 a.m.

    Politics is pretty ugly.

    I remember a story about LDS President Kimball giving a ride to a female member of his ward. He had her sit in the back seat of the car so that if anyone saw it they would not think it inappropriate.

    Wise action. Something Rep Mascaro could have done, in hind sight.

    In any case, should we be surprised that something like this is now coming to light. And the fact that Speaker Curtis even mentions that both Mascaro and Allen are/have been, wooed by the Democrats.

    This whole issue is just too bad.

  • MY SLC
    July 4, 2008 12:13 a.m.

    The GOP in Utah & the US is just self destroying right in front of our eyes. Vote everyone out this November.