New complaint may be filed against unnamed GOP leader
This is the example good Latter-day Saints are setting in the leadership of this
State!I have said it all along, the social club and old boys'
network that IS the LDS Church is as corrupt as they come. Only if you can break
the stranglehold the Church has on State politics will you ever be able to
eliminate this kind of "I know a guy" corruption.
Did anyone ask to see the "rule" which legislative counsel (keep in mind that is
LEGISLATIVE counsel, they keep their jobs at the Legislature's pleasure)
references when he said that "the complaint must be dismissed because Rep.
Walker resigned?" Is that a written rule? It should have been cited in
dismissing the complaint. Rep. Allen?
Let's put it THIS way:Sen. Obama can fill entire stadiums just about where
ever he goes.McCain's last fundraiser in Utah had to be changed from a
large hall in Little America to somebody's private residence.
The one-party system V was referring to is within the State of Utah, not the US
Congress. Absolute power, unchecked, corrupts absolutely, and boy, have we had
a one-party system with absolute power here in our Great State.
Dear "Anonymous and you think the Democrats are any better"DUH!
Brilliant. Couldn't buy his way through the political process, but he got a
rebate on the ethics. Typically Republican ethics at work - talk all high and
mighty but they're dirty little pigs when comes right down to it.
You should be voting for the person, not the party. If all you can do is vote
for the party you think is less corrupt, without even knowing anything about the
person you are voting for, we would all be better off if you didn't vote.PS. If you've been watching politics since the Reagan era and think
Democrats are clean as the driven snow... you don't have a very good memory.Neither "Party" is immune to corruption. Vote for the best candidate,
not the best party.
To Short List 8:47, You claim that Steve Baugh is a conservative democrat yet
you fail to mention that Steve has been at the helm of the BYU Public School
Partnership which has worked with relative ease in getting tons of money from
the state with little or no public oversight, and he has pushed the
constructivist agenda which has given us Investigations Math. Are you NUTS?
Steve is a part of the the problem that plagues our Public School System not the
answer. Steve is not a good candidate, er, conservative democrat as you say.
I for one will vote for who is best, regardless of affiliation, not
just because he/she is of the democrappic ticket.
This will be the first time I vote Democrat. I was a Reagan teen.I'm voting Democrat because they seem to be slightly less corrupt than the
The Utah Republican party is corrupt. That is what happens when power goes
unchecked. D&C 121 teaches us that. The responsibility rests on us. People need
to stop voting the party line and choose quality candidates regardless of party.
What Walker did was low class. First he tried to sell his integrity
for the job of treasurer. When that didn't work he sold his integrity to protect
higher-ups who were only interested in using him.That's a chicken
move. I'm glad he's gone. Now out with the rest of the corrupt ones.
I was a delegate to the state convention and Ellis was CLEARLY the ONLY
competent and qualified choice. However the Utah GOP leadership good old boys
all came up and endorsed Walker. They attacked Ellis for being liberal without
any evidence or explanation as to why (I talked with Ellis for an hour at a
county meeting and grilled him on economic policy and philosophy and he is NOT
liberal) and endorsed the unqualified Walker essentially saying "trust us, he is
a good man). Well it turns out Walker is NOT a good man, or at the least not
good enough to prove he is a good man. I just wish UTAH would wake up and
realize that if Walker is corrupt then you can bet all the GOP leadership who
endorsed him on his character are at least never again trustworthy and most
likely just as bad.
It seems like Walker got in over his head and other politicians used him like a
puppet and it didn't go according to plan. I am sure he is a nice person and I
do feel bad for his young family having to go through this.I am not
sure Walker really needs to look for a job for a while. His 54 week severance
package from Zion's will cover him for a while. Not a bad deal to get severance
when you quit.I just hope this all goes away now. I am tired of
hearing about all of it.
What goes around comes around. Think about it...you all thought you were so
smart with your money, let's see where you end up now.
Jeff,Shame on you for pre-judging Richard Ellis, Sheryl Allen and David
Irvine. It takes courage to go public with charges because there are always
unthinking and prejudiced people who will criticize a whistle blower, even when
the whistle blower is right and is performing a public service. Your character
assasination of Ellis et al will make it harder for people who have real
evidence of wrongdoing to file charges. For that you should be ashamed.
To all you Walker supporters, get a life. Walker has been shown for what he is.
Now he needs to be accountable for his actions. Something he should have been
years ago. Don't be a sore loser Mark, get your campaign signs down to start
with. Do yourself a favor, let people know who promised you what. And for those
of you ragging on Ellis and Empy, they did nothing wrong. Ellis is a straight
shooter and knows what is needed to be a good treasurer. The financial
community in Utah knows he is the right man for the job. Curtis, Bramble,
Clark, Herbert, Shurtleff, Valentine and Bishop should be held accountable for
supporting and endorsing an unqualified person for such a position. And let's
not forget that all these educated people supported Walker for a position that
according to the constitution he clearly could not run for. For Curtis being an
attorney, how about a response on this one, or maybe you're too busy trying to
divert attention away from you and your buddies, maybe it's time for another
trip to Lake Powell. Talk it over next time you're together for breakfast at
I don't think the Rethuglicans will appoint the GOP house candidate to fill
Walker's vacancy for one simple reason. Our principled Lt. Governor will insist
on not doing anything that will "impact participation in or the outcome of the
truth found,,dont to be so quick to think "oh the poor sap". HE may be young but
I met the man and he is very arrogant. Watch take 2 one more time and then you
will see how much of a bold faced liar he is. It does not matter if he is rich,
what matters here is character and intregity.
Please tell me this isn't the criminal defense attorney Jim Bradshaw who I know
to be a liberal, anti-establishment, purist...and who upholds ideals like
representing the downtrodden, the falsely accused, and free-heel skiers? The
Jim I know would never hang his shingle on a shack like Curtis'.
Walkergate continues. A non-denial denial from Curtis - "I refuse to comment on
these unfounded, mean-spirited, politically motivated accusations." Translation:
I will not say whether they are true or false so I can't get boxed into a story
the prosecutors will bust me on later, but I will attack anyone asking me
questions. Who writes this stuff for him, Ron Ziegler? There is a cancer
growing on the House, Mr. Speaker.
I'm not a hater anymore. I was at first.I googled him. posted....
then I thought of something that someone mentioned at work to do in these times.
I google street viewed his house just to see how wealthy he was... I saw the
house. An ordinary house. Just like any house I'd know. Then I realized he
probably has kids and a wife and I felt bad for that wife and then thought of
what they are going through. His neighborhood. Then I thought if he was LDS how
it would feel in a church meeting where people shouldn't point fingers but
would.It's amazing to see things from a point of view closer to
home.After this I'd say anyone who would criticize him would do
better looking closer to home. If I had one thing I could do, I'd befriend him.
Now it is up to Sandy voters to do what they should have done 2 years ago. Get
out and vote Greg Curtis out of office. This is a guy who is 100% dedicated to
Anderson Development, his law firm and 110% dedicated to empowering and
enriching Greg Curtis. Zero percent committed to the people in his district,
zero percent committed to a two-party system, zero percent committed to civic
dialogue, less-than-zero percent committed to democracy.Ben Winslow,
do your job and find out who is the unnamed legislator involved. Let's not
speculate just because Greg Curtis's real estate development and campaign
contribution generation law firm is controlling Mark Walker's legal defense.Shame on the party leadership for creating a climate of oligarchy and
entitlement that seduced a fine young man such as Mark Walker. Sure, he made
mistakes, to which he has admitted. But who put him in the position of arrogant
power? Stan Lockhart and Greg Curtis. John Valentine ought to step in and
clean up the Republican leadership. He's one of the few statesmen who can do
so. Oh that John Huntsman would have shown the leadership at a time of crisis
in the party.
"Do we have any socially conservative dems we could vote for?"Here's
a list of conservative Utah County Democrats:Steve Baugh - Utah
House 58Gwyn Franson - Utah House 27RaDene Hatfield - Utah Senate
16Claralyn Hill - Utah House 62Don Jarvis - Utah House 63Jim
Matheson - U.S. House 2Boyd McAffee - Utah House 60Ken Peay - Utah
Senate 13Boyd Petersen - Utah House 64Bennion Spencer - U.S. House
3Paul Thompson - Utah House 59Deon Turley - Utah House 61I haven't studied candidates outside of Utah County. But anyone
who has a list of conservative Democrats from other counties should post them.
Walker's Attorney Works For Curtis,"James C. Bradshaw. Hmm...why
does this name sound so familiar? Oh, that's because James C. Bradshaw works for
Curtis' law firm (Hutchings, Baird, Curtis & Astill)."I thought you
were kidding so I did a search of the Utah Bar. It looks like there is only one
James C. Bradshaw licensed to practice law in Utah and that is Jim. C. Bradshaw
with Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat. I'm all for rooting out the secret
combination that exists in Utah State government but the facts must come to
light, not half-truths.I suspect Mr. Bradshaw was associated with
Curtis's law firm since there is only one James C. Bradshaw licensed to practice
law in Utah. It's even possible that he does work for Curtis's firm."Also, why would an attorney in a firm that assists clients with complex real
estate development, transactions and litigation be assigned to represent
Walker?"Jim Bradshaw areas of practice are criminal, civil
litigation and professional licensing which means that's the reason they got
their buddy to represent him. He probably helps Curtis's firm in terms of
licensing and litigation."Hmm... See for yourself by doing a search
on the firm's name."
This is so fun! The only thing that would make it more fun is if it turns out
that the intern was a set up to sink Mascaro. Probably not, but you have to
admit that it would be a great twist on the action.
Rather than try to secure himself a job through state government, Walker would
have been wiser to do what Utah County lawmakers did. Just build a private
school with state funds and then hire yourself to run it.
so where were Valentine, Shurtleff (triple threat my ---) and Curtis when walker
turned tail and ran? You people that still support walker are crazy, guess that
is why you still support a liar!
V made a comment about social conservatives in the demo party and how we need
them in the state house. V listed a number of dems, but none of them served in
the state house; they were either elected to the US congress or the governor's
mansion. Do we have any socially conservative dems we could vote for?
Maybe Walker can get his old job back with RC Willey. Did he think the name
Walker would save him, for sure Curtis and crowd were not there for him mmmmm
Ever think that Walker and his family were just tired of this hysteria? Guilty
until proven otherwise by the media. A small, targeted pawn in a corrupt
character assassination. Not worth the hassle. I'd have resigned long ago.
v said: "Corruption happens when there is a one party system."Wrong!
The US Congress is fairly "balanced" between the 2 major parties, but is
horribly corrupt on both sides of the aisle. Power corrupts. Absolute power
corrupts absolutely. To limit corruption, limit power.And Matheson
is just as bad as the rest of them. Every move is a political move. He's not
middle of the road. He's a fence sitter. (The Obama/Clinton nomination process
is just one classic example.) He's not worth a blue dog. He supports Pelosi. I
think she is destroying the country faster than the Hastert and folks.
re mike richards,, are you kidding me? it take couarage to resign? what? no,
let me tell you what courage would be, to stand up for the truth whatever it may
be. That is what courage is. I almost felt sorry for the guy until he resigned,
any thought that he was not guilty was completely wiped away. I would really
like to see who the guy is that he is taking the fall for, I don't think that he
has the experience to come up with this by himself , too bad we the voters will
RE: MikeI really wonder how well you know Walker if you are calling
him a "great person and a wonderful man". He knew exactly what he was doing
when he bribed Ellis to advance his political position. He sounds like a
spoiled rich kid who thinks he can buy whatever he wants, without thought of the
moral and ethical implications. I for one am glad he resigned, but I hope the
investigation continues for all involved.
Mike, don't kid yourself. Walker destroyed himself. Don't let Walker off for
his actions. Lies. Lots and lots of lies. He saved himself from a very
embarassing day today. Maybe not permanently, but he at least delayed it. Where's his accountability with you normally "personal accountability"
type republicans? I am bewildered.
Mark Walker is a great person and a wonderful man. I will not be voting
Republican in this race this fall. The old guard of the Republican Party
destroyed him and his reputation, as it was more important for them to elect
Richard Ellis than to do what is right. I cannot believe I will actually pull
the lever for a democrat this fall.
Try the democrats. They might have more moral authority. Isn't that what Utah
voters are looking for?You cut out and they drop charges. what a
Yeah, right.Republicans are always innocent.Right is always
right.Hilarious!Absolutely, [bleeping] hilarious!
"Ellis is the gutsy good guy in this sorry story. He was given a job offer, in
checking (after the offer) he found it was illegal, then he reported it in spite
of the fact he knew it would be controversial."So, that last comma
in that last sentence represents 80 days. Don't you think an (...) or (:) or
even (.) would be more appropriate?
According to "Walker's" resignation letter, he states, "It would be appreciated
if you could forward any inquiries or requests for information relative to this
matter to my counsel James C. Bradshaw." James C. Bradshaw. Hmm...why does this
name sound so familiar? Oh, that's because James C. Bradshaw works for Curtis'
law firm (Hutchings, Baird, Curtis & Astill). They are obviously aren't sparing
any expense in representing Mr. Walker as they have apparently assigned him to
the only attorney in the firm who doesn't have his bio listed on their firm's
web page. Also, why would an attorney in a firm that assists clients with
complex real estate development, transactions and litigation be assigned to
represent Walker? Hmm... See for yourself by doing a search on the
What Walker did was WRONG, but would a Democrat ever resign if they did
something on this level? NEVER, and don't tell me that they never do anything
on this level, they are constantly bribing the voters with their Robin Hood
attitudes towards the wealthy and their desires to WRONGLY tax the wealthy just
to make it fair. What a crock... Dems do it all the time but do it on the
sly.I too hope that a lot of housecleaning is done this november and
that included getting rid of all of the bad dems also.On the lighter
side... Did you see the Democratic "float" in comparison with the Republican
"float" during the Freedom Festival Parade in Provo this past Fourth? What a
joke... 3 dems in a VW.... VW.... Built in Germany..... What a joke....
Don't vote for Ellis whatever you do. - If it takes him 2 months to
figure out a bribe is illegal, we don't want him controling our money. -
If he thought it was OK for 2 months and then got a concience days before the
vote, he doesn't have the integrity needed the job.- If he thought holding
onto the scandal info for 2 months then spring it 2 weeks before the election to
ruin the reputation of his competitor, he's not the kind of guy we want in this
position.There are no major technical qualifications for Treasurer
that 90% of the CPAs out there don't have. What we need most is honesty and
integrity. Ellis doesn't have it in my book (and I'm a conservative).
I can only support the pleas for removing the corruption while we have the
chance. The entire Republican leadership must go and now. We need new blood
before the whole mess becomes even more difficult to clean up.Isn't
it sad that the Democratic Party is so busy playing martyr that it can't mount a
serious challenge to any of the current leadership?
He's the innocent,Many moderate Republicans, independents and a lot
of Democrats will vote for Ellis in November but the right-wing crazies will be
foaming at the mouth and booing during the next Republican Convention even if
Ellis wins.If you think Lockhart is bad expect someone more crazy to
replace him at the next Republican State Convention because all of the
right-wing nuts will be out in full force. Since it isn't a major
election the majority of Republicans may stay home but I ask them not to. PLEASE DON'T STAY HOME DURING THE NEXT CONVENTION. It is
important for you to take back your party and to do that you need to wrest it
from the crazies who always attend the ORGANIZING CONVENTION. You will never
regain control of your party if you stay home during the organizing convention
since that is where the crazies stake their claim.I hope you can
regain control of your Party and wrest it from the hands of the right-wing
crazies who model themselves after the evangelical right because if you don't
it's over for your party because the LDS Church will defend its doctrinal
teachings against the evangelical controlled Party.
Does this release him of Crimianl Doing?Well we can see here where we have
some funny stuff going on in the CapitolThey want to lock us upI
have a couple Judges InnBox Elder County that need a life sentance in the
JailThey think they are really cute along with 2 prosecutors
Anonymous,"Mike Ricards is just another confused Limbaughite who is
fulfilling his duty and loyalty to his conservative guru who recently told his
flock to "keep the pressure on liberals." Probably sensing the end is near for
the new American conservative movement."The result is that he
opposes God and his prophets whenever he agrees with Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly
and all the other far-right crazies over scriptures and teachings of the
Prophets.He is grasping at straws, hoping beyond hope, that God will
turn around and say "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" instead of "I
never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."He has made
his bed so I say let him sleep in it for God will judge him for heeding the
counsels of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly over the living
Ellis is the gutsy good guy in this sorry story. He was given a job offer,
in checking (after the offer) he found it was illegal, then he reported it in
spite of the fact he knew it would be controversial. He chose the right
path. Richard Ellis is still the only QUALIFIED candidate running for
State Treasurer. Vote for him regardless of the countless other problems in the
Moderates in both the Republican and Democrat parties need to unite to defeat
the extreme right and left in Utah. It appears the Republicans have a split
that is beyond repair with the current leadership.
Do any of you really think Walker wouldn't have stepped aside if he wasn't asked
to by leadership? (Curtis, Valentine and Walker's other supporters like the
AG.)If Walker is innocent, stand up and defend yourself. Let the
facts speak for themselves. I still believe in innocent until proven guilty.
Resigning only makes it appear one is guilty and to get the story out of the
press/media.I'm sure Curtis has a state position for Walker to
assume or as his paralegal at Anderson Development. Watch Walker assume the St.
George Airport deal Anderson Dev./Curtis put together this past session.
I want to correct myself. The holy pantheon, royal flush, or unbeatable
candidate is:An incumbent republican in Utah county that claims to
go to church. Truly unbeatable!
Hopefully, the voters in November will clean up the rest of this corrupt bunch,
such as Curtis, Bramble, and Buttars.
If memory serves this will be the 3 time that a republican has resigned their
post with enough time for the GOB (Good 'Ole Boys)to assign a replacement prior
to the election.This will create the royal flush or holy pantheon if
you will of candidates in Utah which is an incumbent Republican.Hopefully people will get informed and stop blindly voting. Here's to a
candidate that actually deserves to be there!
Mike Ricards is just another confused Limbaughite who is fulfilling his duty and
loyalty to his conservative guru who recently told his flock to "keep the
pressure on liberals."Probably sensing the end is near for the new
American conservative movement.
RE: Mike Richards, "And it's not the "liberal left" going after Mark
Walker. Keep in mind, that election he lost in a landslide was a closed
republican primary. I am a conservative republican person and have no issues
with the truth being brought to light at Mark's expense."The silent
majority in the Republican Party stood up. They are fed up with the corruption,
back-room deals and dishonest shenanigans. When the Republican National
Committeewoman denounces the Utah County Republican Party and refers to their
recent conduct as a "scheme" and say "It's just wrong and unfair," and "It
allows party leaders to control who fills those seats rather than it be done on
the precinct level."The Republican Party Caucuses and Conventions is
a nasty and disgusting experience. When you hear the Governor of the State being
booed by members of his own party you begin to see that the far-right nuts
control the Republican Caucuses and Conventions and that is why Walker came out
ahead in the Convention but was overwhelmingly defeated in the Primary.Even Republicans (the normal ones that is) are fed up with the corruption,
dishonesty, and shenanigans.Let's vote for conservative Democrats
and moderate Republicans!
I have also decided that I will vote a straight democratic ticket because I
simply cannot recall any office holder from the democrat party ever being
involved in scandal or impropriety. Democrats hold themselves to a standard
higher than anybody else in the whole world. They are also smarter than anyone
else in the whole world. God bless the democrat party. Why would anyone vote
for someone who is not in the democrat party?
I'm a good republican and a card carrying member of the GOP party. But after all
of this I will vote for the Democrat, just because. Eillis is just as bad as the
rest. I don't believe his hands are clean either. I feel for Mark Walker, he may
have made a mistakes and he has paid the price and will continue to do so. Yes I
believe Mr. Curtis is behind if not most of it all of it. The guy is a bad
apple, yes he needs to go. I just hope people will get out and vote and review
Too "JustSayNoToRepublicans | 1:41 p.m." and "Anonymous | 2:20 p.m."...This isn't a simple "Elect more Democrats" or "Don't vote Republican" issue
(though I'm sure that is the only solution partisan hacks can comprehend).While this IS a black-eye for Republicans, I haven't seen any proof that
Democrats are immune to this type of corruption. No policical party (R or D)
has a corner on Morality. So just switching Democrats for Republicans doesn't
necesarily fix the problem (unless your real goal is more Democrats).Booting all Republicans and replacing them with Democrats DOESN'T guarantee
this problem will end (unlike the rhetoric the partisan hacks will give you).There are good people in both parties. We just need to find them.
This mess is what we've earned with a one party system in Utah. Walker obviously
resigned under presure to avoid the ethics investigation. By the time they get
around to the criminal side of this mess it will be old news, The Republican
Leadership will proclaim that he's paid enough penalty already and the fiasco
will be swept under the rug. No wonder our upstanding leadership in the
legislature always kill ethics reform bills yearly on arrival. If voters don't
wake-up we'll see more of the same.
Give me a break!Walker vacated his office because (like so many
conservatives) got caught doing something he shouldn't have geen doing.This is the problem when the far-right really believe right is right. They
thing they can get away with anything.
Corruption happens when there is a one party system. The Utah GOP proves power
corrupts. It is too bad that many of today's Utah Democrats are not social
conservatives like many of the Utah Democrats of the 60's and 70's. Gov.
Rampton, Gov. Matheson, U.S. Rep. McKay, and others were excellent conservative
Democrats. I miss 'em. Our current state legislature is a corrupt mess. I am pleased that Rep. Matheson is a good middle of the road
representative. He's a keeper.
I agree with "Jeff | 9:41 a.m.". If Walker is guilty of bribery, Ellis is also
dirty (he attended several meetings where he KNEW the offer at the root of the
scandal was going to be discussed, then he didn't say anything to authorities
until revealing the information could do maximum damage to his apponent and
there wouldn't be enough time to resolve the issue or prove Ellis' involvement
before the election was over).Those who say, "Congrats to Richard
Ellis", are congratulating someone for perfectly executing the dirtiest form of
politics if you ask me. Ellis is just as dirty in this as Walker is. Neither
of them deserver to be anywhere NEAR our government nor our money. (just my
Check out Curtis' law firm (hbcalaw). Curtis is using one of his own lawyers to
defend Walker in order to make sure Curtis' name stays out of this. Why else
would a real estate lawyer be defending a legislator's ethics violation?
I don't think that Mike Richards and the rest of us have been reading the same
article. Too bizarre.
You are starting to sound like your tinfoil hat is worn out and needs to be
Mike:Mr. Walker, in stepping aside, in fact admitted to ABSOLUTELY
NOTHING! He still claims, despite his own "mistakes in judgment," it's others
who are really at fault here and out to get him. It doesn't take "courage" and
"valor" to step aside- again smearing your accusers in the process- to spare
yourself the shame that you deserve for your conduct and lies. And
it's not the "liberal left" going after Mark Walker. Keep in mind, that
election he lost in a landslide was a closed republican primary. I am a
conservative republican person and have no issues with the truth being brought
to light at Mark's expense. You say, "What more should we expect"
of Mark Walker. How about some accountability? Some humility? An apology?
The far-righters will defend this sort of corruption until hell freezes over.Try as they may to blame the liberals, this will never happen.People are
much smarter and politically savvy than the ignorant conservatives would like to
think.That's why people are registering in droves to vote Democratic in
Some people would use any excuse to promote their Liberal Leftist agenda. Mr.
Walker vacated his office. He must have had a good reason to do that; otherwise
he would still be in office.That takes courage. That takes valor.
Even if he is guilty, it takes courage to step aside. For the
Liberal Left to make an issue against Conservatives because Mr. Walker did the
right thing, is to show that they have no honor nor valor. They look for any
opportunity to smear anyone on any subject.Everyone should be
applauding the fact that Mr. Walker admitted by his resignation that things were
not as they should be in his office or in his conduct. What more should we
expect? How about if some of the Liberal Left bigots resign from
their position of public trust for their thoughtless and self-centered comments
as they try to advance their agenda at the expense of the public?
I'm with you MadMax!
The corruption now prevalent in the Utah GOP is a disgrace! I have been an
independent voter ever since I began to vote 35 years ago. I have often voted
for GOP candidates believing they would serve the principles of our founding
fathers. The track record of our Utah 'Rs' runs contrary to what those
principles are. My disgust is so high that I served as a delegate to the recent
county and state Deomcratic conventions. While I can't vote for Sen. Obama I
will vote for a nearly full slate of state and local Democratic candidates this
year. The fault lies with the Utah Republican Party.It is past time for
Republican officials to be held accountable for their actions. Instead of
excoriating Richard Ellis, Sheryl Allen and David Irvine we ought to thank them
for beginning this accountability process. Others must be held accountable too
- Rep. Curtis, Sen. Buttars, Sen. Bramble, Sen. Stephenson, AG Shurtleff and
even Gov. Huntsman.Utah you must investigate what your elected officials
have done, not what they say. You will be surprised that they often act
differently than what they tell us they will do. Elect folks who will represent
So I wonder who will be appointed to fill Walker's vacancy. Could it be Brian
Monsen as a way to give the GOP candidate a leg up just before the Nov.
Jeff,"Congrats to Richard Ellis, Sheryl Allen and David Irvine for
taking politics to its lowest possible form. The character assasination of Mark
Walker will only keep more good people from entering politics. You should be
ashamed."If you call asking for an ethics investigation and drawing
attention to facts character assassination you are as corrupt as Walker yet more
importantly you are a hypocrite since you attack the character of Ellis, Allen
and Irvine in your post.
Just watch Walker land in Curtis's law firm or doing grunt work in the AG
office. The GOP leaders take care of their scapegoats.
GOOD WE DO NOT NEED PEOPLE LIKE HIM TO MAKE LAWS.
I wonder how much he was offered to resign?
The Republican leadership of this state stinks. The biggest rotten apples
remaining are Curtis, Shurtleff and Huntsman. They all need to go. Join me and
fight for them all to be removed this November. Curtis just has to go, he's done
so many dumb things and plays the retribution game to the hilt. Salt Lake County
has been irrepairably hurt by his actions. Stop the Retrubution in Utah, get
these bad apples out of office. Note: I've voted Republican in every elections
since 1972. But not this year no way.Mark Walker was the good
solider for the the bigger apples that's for sure. He was their yes man and now
look at all the mess that has been revealed.
it's always u same conspiratorial crackpots posting about this story. You all
need to get a life, none of you know what you're talking about which means you
could all qualify as journalists under the SL Trib standards. Go get a job there
and leave the rest of the world alone. You should all be investigated for your
crime against the people; painful stupidity.
Don't forget the other witnesses, Fred. Plenty of other witnesses and documents
ready to go. Why wouldn't Ellis and Empey testify? They have both already
signed sworn affidavits of what happened. It's Walker who has legally signed
his name to nothing. Although I guess he did sign the resignation letter
someone wrote for him.Does Curtis have his defense attorney yet?
The real investigation is ongoing, so let justice run its course and reserve
your judgement until all facts are heard. In this country we are all innocent
until proven guilty.
I could care less about the Treasurer's Office generally, but this activity
stinks. I agree that Walker, Ellis, and Empey all get slaps on the wrist. For the first time this November, I will actually vote, in good
conscience, for a Democrat to be State Treasurer. I never cared before. But
under the current circumstances, I cannot stand to see the dirty political games
Ellis played be rewarded. May he lose hiw own job, just as Mark Walker did. I
guess if you're an R like me, and you have to give in to the Ds, Treasurer is
the place to start.
Seems that Walker and the other legislator (Curtis?) cannot operate in the
light. What does that tell you Utah?
Wonder who told Walker that they would take care of him if he just resigned?
Good old boys protecting the good old boys. If now we could just get rid of the
Curtises of the world.
Another one with dirty hands gone. When will the others be gone?
This so-called ethics committee was just a kangaroo court. The only 3 witnesses
that mattered here were Walker, Ellis and Empey. All 3 are subject to an on
going criminal investigation. I guarantee all 3 have criminal defense lawyers
telling them not to testify. That leaves a bunch of bystanders to discuss
hearsay.Ellis and Empey already filed an affidavit that they knew
the offer was illegal and yet continued discussions with Walker. The
prosecutors will slap all 3 on the wrist. Walker is already out of a job; Ellis
and Empey are next.
Corrupt party.Corrupt representatives.Corrupt good ol' boys club.
To review, Mark Walker doesn't sign anything to affirm his innocence (probably
doesn't want to commit perjury), hides behind the Lieutenant Governor's decision
not to investigate the "allegation" against him when the claim was made and now
decides to resign before having to expose an unnamed legislator (i.e. Greg
Curtis) for his part in extending a bribe. If he weren't guilty,
he would have been the first person demanding an immediate investigation into
the matter and/or appearing before the ethics committee to clear his name.
However, this hasn't happened for obvious reasons. The next step to
facilitating real change within the GOP of this state is by removing the cancer
that is Greg Curtis, the chief puppet master. Wake up Utah and make sure to
vote him out of office in November. He is an embarassment to the Republican
party and to this great state.
The Republicans in Utah have become so entrenched with entitlement and power
that even when a legislator resigns, there are still citizens defending him.
I'm sorry, but if he were innocent he would not have resigned. It's time to
clean up politics in this state and I wish they would all resign. And when I
say all, I mean every single one - both Democrat and Republican.
Lets build a memorial for walker and and praise what a hero he is for falling on
the sword. Just remember, Don't blame me I voted democrat!
The man resigned. Do you not think an innocent person would want to clear his
good name? He saw the writing on the wall. There were plenty of witnesses
other than Empey who were going to testify. The only unfortunate part of this
is that we will never know for sure that Greg Curtis was the person who
ultimatley would see that the bribe would happen. I somewhat feel
sorry for the guy but he never should have been so arrogant to think he would
get away with doing something like this.
I agree. Walker either resigned to cover himself or a fellow legislator
The graft of so many Republican years in absolute power is starting to surface
and it stinks.
Talk about falling on your sword for Curtis and the boys. Walker was the good
soldier even to the very end.
To Jeff: why are you still defending Walker? If he did nothing wrong, then he
should have nothing to fear in front of an investigation. In fact, he should
welcome an investigation to clear his name. He even admitted in the resignation
letter, "I may have made some mistakes in judgment."If you want to
help Walker, don't post here; help him find a job.
...to quench a much-larger investigation into the top reaches of Utah's
Republican party.Unfortunately, it will probably work.
Hey, Yahoo,Do you always tell your wife how to vote? Just wondered.
I just hope we discover the truth. The allegations are serious and should
still be taken seriously. If the allegations are true, Utahns should not
They really do need to go after Mascaro, even if he opposes vouchers and
supports higher taxes on the rich. Right is right, wrong is wrong.
Congrats to Richard Ellis, Sheryl Allen and David Irvine for taking politics to
its lowest possible form. The character assasination of Mark Walker will only
keep more good people from entering politics. You should be ashamed.
Yahoo, let your wife think for herself.
This is the obvious result. He was already a lame-duck legislator. Walker
couldn't testify to defend himself because of the ongoing criminal charges, so
all this political grandstanding would be is a bunch of hearsay. It is too bad
the committee couldn't figure that out before today. I guess they can look into
Mascaro now . . . they have nothing else to do. Maybe they should try to be
productive for a change.
I voted for Walker out of ignorance, then I saw he was another East side Croni,
and told my wife to vote for Ellis, sure glad Walker is out.Now we
only have 79 more cronies to get out, one less, Yahoo!