Utah Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack resigns from Senate

He says he feels like a 'distraction,' doesn't rule out future in politics

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  • JD
    March 13, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    I think the guy is straight up. He took his lumps like a man, and shouldn't have resigned. He refused the breath test and actually made his punishment even more volatile, when he could have said, I am Representative so and so and relied on his own influence to help pave his way. I think his friends should have been more encouraging. At least he wasn't kicking feet in the mens restroom at an airport or soaking in the hottub with a teenager. This guy needs a break....since he isn't asking for one. He's a man.

  • Lisa
    Jan. 25, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    We all make poor choices in our lives, but I don't think it warrants the general public hashing over it in an open forum, he is a person, and he has a family. What happen to forgivness, and being a better person, and helping others through tough times. Before Condemning him, look back at your life, and tell me that you have made no errors, and no bad judgment calls. What faith you have is turly between you and god.

  • DUI unacceptable
    Jan. 21, 2010 1:55 p.m.

    But being ashamed because it's "not the first time he's taken a drink"? Let's see, last time I looked ADULTS were legally able to drink. Some of us even know how to do it responsibly because WE DON'T HAVE TO SNEAK AROUND to do it. He ought to have learned to be a man, have his social drink and not be a drunk and then drive. That is never o.k. Overly restrictive, prohibition, teetotalling is just as bad as over drinking. It forces those who are innocent but merely would like to have a glass or two of wine with great food to feel like a crmininal. Newsflash: Why is WINE mentioned all over the Bible? It's one of the oldest beverages in humanity and, newsflash, it's even good for you. Oh there goes that silly science stuff again. Poor guy. Hope he gets help and never drives drunk again. Maybe he'll learn he's not a monster and stop feeling ashamed of himself.

  • Re: Syracuse Citizen | 9:20 a.m.
    Jan. 21, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    As you have appointed yourself to be the defacto judge, jury and jailor for Killpatric, what would you require of him to adequately take responsiblity for violating the law and driving drunk?

    He will have legal consequences for violating the law. He is dealing with political consequences by forfieting his leadership position and leaving politics in embarassment. His character flaws and drinking problem have been broadcast via all of the local papers, local and national TV, and on Youtube to be preserved for years to come. He will likely end up loosing his license to drive or pay high premiums. He will be the subject of scorn and ridicule for years to come.

    So Syracuse Citizen, lets put you in his shoes, and you now face all that he faces(and justly so)what would you do to take full responsiblty?

  • Contrast this with
    Jan. 21, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    Contrast this with Sen Barney Frank. Frank was caught red handed purchasing sex. He broke several laws, and he also let his convicted felon lover for hire live in one of Frank's appartments and found him a job in the Frank political machine. Franks lover for hire also used Franks appartment as a house of ill repute.

    Did the dems pressure Frank to resign? Did Frank step down to avoid further embarassment to his party and his consituients?

  • Ben
    Jan. 21, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    He should resign from the Church, too!

  • Thanks Grandma
    Jan. 21, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    I never met my great-grandma because she was hit in a cross walk by a drunk driver. She sacraficed her own life by pushing my grandpa (her 6 year old son) out of the way, so I have her to thank for being born.

  • @Ernest T. Bass
    Jan. 19, 2010 4:37 p.m.

    Kilpack will have lots of company with the hypocritical Dumbocrats. Ernie, deception is bipartisan.

  • awsomeron
    Jan. 19, 2010 2:40 p.m.

    Can we all say Human.

    Can we all say Word Of Wisdom Problem.

    He got the DUI, He should own it.

    He also should not quit. I do not understand all of the Quitting going on. Why Quit? People make mistakes.

    He got a little Drunk, it most likely did not take much. Pay the fine keep on going do a good job.

    Lawmakers Drink and get caught all the time. Also other things far worse. In part because some Lawmakers think that they are above the law.

    No one is going to try to throw him out over a DUI. His reaction to what happened is way over the top.

    Life has its little Dings. A DUI is not good, but its not the end of the World. Sometimes Good People are much to hard on themselfs. While lesser people just "Keep On Keeping On."

    Apparently Utah Law, Protects its Lawmakers form such things as DUI's, Hookers, and some other stuff.

    The fact that he won't use the Privilege that he has, says a lot about him, that is very good.

    He had a bad moment, we all do. If you do not, you have No Life.

  • Lil' Wayne
    Jan. 19, 2010 12:22 p.m.

    Correction to comment by Anonymous | 11:53 a.m:

    "This is the typical end of REPUBLICAN/CONSERVATIVE men who rise to power, forget the [so-called] 'values' that [they exploited to win the vote of naive Utahns] and begin to believe they're infallible."

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 18, 2010 11:53 a.m.

    This is the typical end of men who rise to power, forget the values that lead them there and begin to believe they're infallible. Interesting that Sen. Killpack is once again eye-to-eye, or rather, eye-to-knee with the fray.

  • To "Wow"
    Jan. 18, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    Exactly. I have seen more than one Mormon, tho not nearly as publicly visible as "Sixpack", live the "clean" Mormon life on one hand, while drinking and carrying on like a sailor on a hunting trip with his friends.

    Go ahead and drink. It's fine. Just don't drive, and don't tell us on Sunday to abstain, while you are having boilermakers on Saturday.

    Leave the church if you are not following it's mandates to the fullest. You can't pick and choose. Either you are a Mormon or you are NOT. You shouldn't be a Mormon, or any other religion for appearances only.

    Rox

  • John Pack Lambert
    Jan. 18, 2010 10:10 a.m.

    To the 10:48 commentor,
    Not driving while drunk is NOT an impossible standard.
    However, you allusion to George W. Bush is not really fair. The drunk driving incident happened many YEARS before he even ran for public office.
    Should one incident of drunk driving be grounds for LIFE TIME exclusion from public office?
    People have a right to change and reform, and George W. Bush had completely stopped drining alcohol. To try to make him suffer the rest of his life for drunk driving is extreme.
    The comparison of either Killpack or Bush to Ted Kennedy is SICKENING. Ted Kennedy MURDERED Mary Jo Kopechne. He was just as guilty of her death as if he had shot her. There is no comparison between driving drunk and KILLING someone.
    In fact there is a good chance if Ted had called the police right after the accident Mary Jo could have been saved. Don't even try to compare that to Killpack. There is NO comparison at all.

  • Syracuse Citizen
    Jan. 18, 2010 9:57 a.m.

    Can I get an 'Amen' to the last comment? How can anyone believe that ‘Brother Killpack’ has taken any responsibility when he refused to take the Breath Analyzer test? Again, you don’t take responsibility when you get caught in the act. Taking responsibility would have been checking into an alcohol rehab center long ago. Doing this without having to be pulled over with another ‘shady character’ as his passenger (when under the influence) would have been taking responsibility. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that this obviously isn’t the first time ‘Brother Killpack’ has been a binge drinker. This is arrogance and hypocrisy at it’s finest… nothing more. It’s pure selfishness too… we know what is most important to ‘Brother Killpack’… and it’s not his Wife, Family, Friends, Neighbors, Constituents or Church. It’s the desire to drink.

  • Compassion?
    Jan. 18, 2010 9:34 a.m.

    For what? For believing his facade? For believing him when I see him in church and thinking what a good man?
    I'm sorry. I am in his ward, and I see no compassion due. He snowed all of us.
    He isn't worthy of his position, and I'm glad he resigned.
    LaVerl

  • Wow!
    Jan. 18, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    I read letters in this paper calling for an end to alcohol sales, that alcohol is the devil, and that it ruins families.

    Now, one of the staunchest voices against alcohol gets caught in his web of lies and hypocrisy! How cool is that?
    Nice job Police Dept!!

    You exposed just one of the many that are living double lives. Go bust more!

    Lia

  • Syracuse Citizen
    Jan. 18, 2010 9:20 a.m.

    Responsibility has NOT been taken... How can one even believe this statement? Are you only required to be responsible when you are caught in the act? “Brother Killpack” sits with Young Men (teenagers) in his church and preaches the evils alcohol. He expounds on the pain brought on by the death of his father by a drunk driver. He oozes wisdom on not being a hypocrite / charlatan. When “Brother Killpack” runs for public office and accepts responsibility to teach morals to the youth in any form, “Brother Killpack” has waved his right for this to be a personal matter.

  • Conservative from District
    Jan. 18, 2010 7:58 a.m.

    I am glad that he resigned at this time. Mistakes were made, at least responsibility is being taken. Hopefully now, his family can now begin to heal. The next Senator from his district WILL receive significant scrutiny.

  • Jeff
    Jan. 18, 2010 6:13 a.m.

    What amazes me is how quickly this has left the news..... I had to search back several days to get any information on this article.... The church is sweeping this under the rug oh so quickly! Typical of anything that brings bad light to the LDS religion. Punishment should be harder on Sheldon since he has spent so much time and effort to strengthen the DUI laws he just violated. An ethics investigation still be pursued... Quiting should not be the easy way out!

  • cityscape
    Jan. 17, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    The self destruction of Killpack was spectacular in its unexpected speed. The self destruction of Mark Walker, on the other had, has been painfully slow. Mark should do the Republican Party a favor and stay away. He never belonged up at the Capitol in the first place and certainly shouldn't be there now. Why anyone would want to hire him as a lobbyist escapes me. Please Mark - GO AWAY.

  • KC
    Jan. 17, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    Drinking and driving isn't a personal problem, it's a public problem. This man put lives at risk.

  • Zeke
    Jan. 17, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    Glad he was caught. Glad he resigned.

  • Unanswered Questions
    Jan. 17, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    1. Where were Killpack and Walker from 9pm to midnight?
    2. Why was Killpack driving? Walker lives farther south in the SL valley. Killpack lives in Davis County. Did Walker have to leave his car somewhere because he was incapacitated?
    3. Why did Walker resign his one-week old job? If you are an innocent passenger, you don't normally quit your job just because the driver gets into trouble.
    4. Who else was drinking with Killpack and presumably Walker?
    5. People at the Hughes fundraiser said no alcohol was served. The proper question is "was alcohol consumed?" Would the answer be different?
    6. Who picked up the bar tab?

  • Todd Weiler
    Jan. 17, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    We all make mistakes, don't we? We've all done stuff that we regret (and would change if we could). We all hope that we will be judged by our collective body of actions, and not just from our worst ones. Most of us could only imagine the pain and horror of having our secrets and mistakes splashed across the headlines for everyone to see. And now Sheldon, and his family, are living that nightmare.

    What Sheldon did on Thursday night was very wrong. What he did on Saturday was very right. All of the interested parties -- his family, the party, the Legislature, the media, etc. -- can move on while he goes through the legal process, a treatment plan, and the rest of his life. Sheldon is an increadibly talented individual who will land squarely on his feet. He, and all of us, can and should learn from his mistakes and be better for it.

    God bless Sheldon Killpack and his family during these trying times.

  • Frankly
    Jan. 17, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    he is no great loss. Hopefully we will not see him the political arena ever again.

  • There is a difference...
    Jan. 17, 2010 3:23 p.m.

    "Jim | 10:07 a.m. Jan. 17, 2010
    Most of us have made stupid mistakes. I know I have. We should be thankfull that no one got hurt."

    There is an enormous difference between making a "stupid mistake" and being exposed as a spiteful hypocrite (enacting legislation for moral reasons).

    I think the reactions here are due to the latter, not the former.

  • RedWhiteandBlue
    Jan. 17, 2010 1:29 p.m.

    So many comments on someone's misfortune. So many judgemental things to say. Those who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw.....


    From Oklahoma

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 17, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    Just because I visit a dysfunctional sight doesn't mean anyone needs your computer bugs! I hate this stuff. Kilpack needs to grow up.

  • mark
    Jan. 17, 2010 1:04 p.m.

    Here's another little factoid for you who think he did the RIGHT thing and thanking him profusely. On average the drunk drivers get away driving that way about 30 times before they get caught.

  • Re: Small minded people
    Jan. 17, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    Um, while it is true that most of us have never run for public office, please don't say that Killpack deserves a break here.

    To run for public office takes lots of things, and the first it takes is ego. Remember Mark Shurtleff announcing his run against Bennett and basically saying, "my wife keeps saying she doesn't want me to run, but I know I'm the only person who can do the job so I'm running anyway." What arrogance it takes to hold yourself up like that! That mentality is held by lots of current and former legislators- ESPECIALLY the group at Hughes's fundraiser- Curtis, Dayton, Walker, etc. They are the poster children for the hubris that comes with elected office. They get addicted to the power. People that have never been specacular at anything can become big-time legislators and have people who have achieved in life at their beck and call.

    So if Killpack was dumb enough to hang out with that crowd of arrogant self-promoting power-brokers, he gets what he deserves.

    Ethics reform, anyone?

  • Re Blue Dog
    Jan. 17, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    I'll attack people personally who decide to get behing the wheel of a car intoxicated . No probelm at all with drinking but goodness sakes DONT DRINK aand DRIVE!I will especially attack hypocrites like former Sen Killpack who are drunk with power and bought and paid for by lobbyists . BTW "blue dog" is just another name for a DINO . If you want to be Republican fine just be a republican rather than this farce called "Blue Dog" democrat.

  • Forgiving Mormon
    Jan. 17, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    Sheldon,

    My Jesus is different from many of these other "Mormons" Jesus. My Jesus taught me to forgive those that wrong me and show compassion to those who struggle with sin. In Doctrine and Covenants, my Jesus tells me that I am required to forgive ALL people. I appreciate your situation yet again showing us how far we still have to go as a Church to really be one in heart and mind.

    God bless you and your family as you work through your troubles.

  • Blue Dog Demo
    Jan. 17, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    What a hypocritical society we have. Finger pointing, suing, name calling, and attacking people personally. We have lost our civility. Maybe China can mfg some for us lazy tv watchers demanding so much of others but not of ourselves.

  • Surprised!
    Jan. 17, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    What???? We should thank him for resigning "AFTER" he got caught. Are you kidding me! He would still be out there driving and drinking, and working in the government if he hadn't been caught. There should be NO thanking him. That's ridiculous! I love the idea that people finally have to take responsibility only AFTER they are caught and their problems are made public. What a nut!

  • cate
    Jan. 17, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    He did the right thing by resigning. Now comes the really hard part, regaining the trust and respect of his wife, children and extended family. He has set a horrible example for his children and he needs to fix that. He also needs never to take another drink.

  • mark
    Jan. 17, 2010 11:09 a.m.

    What's all this GARBAGE thanking him for resigning and DOING THE RIGHT THING?

    How about doing the RIGHT thing like NOT turning your car key when you are drunk? Believe me if he'd killed a family car full of kids you wouldn't be thinking he was so Great and Nobel.

  • Small Minded People...
    Jan. 17, 2010 10:54 a.m.

    I find it sad and disturbing how rubbernecking seems to have become the national pastime.

    Small-minded people LOVE to see others fall, and are ready at a moment's notice to line up and with glee point their finger, somehow feeling more justified in their own positions, and more often their own mediocrity - feeling somehow taller because another human being has been cut down.

    I would venture to guess that 99% of those lining up to cast their stones have never gone out of their way to engage in public service - to publicly stand for something in spite of the inevitability of most people not agreeing with you.

    There's no doubt that this was a grave mistake, and one that will have serious consequences for Mr. Killpack. However, this mistake does not erase the immense good that has come about through his past endeavors.

    So perhaps, instead of crying for more blood in a matter that at this point belongs solely to Mr. Killpack and his family, we should allow him the dignity that his voluntary resignation deserves, and let the man heal.

  • Jim
    Jan. 17, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    Most of us have made stupid mistakes. I know I have. We should be thankfull that no one got hurt.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 17, 2010 10:03 a.m.

    It's only wrong if you're not a republican.

  • Travis
    Jan. 17, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    What a shame. I wish we didn't expect our elected to be above being human. In this case you have a highly effective and capable elected official tubes fir a simple mistake. And people are happy he resigned? I think the state is worse off for Killpack resigned.

  • Drinking is not the problem
    Jan. 17, 2010 9:23 a.m.

    "telling the Deseret News that wasn't the first time he'd taken a drink."

    He shouldn't resign, or the people shouldn't expect him to resign because he drinks. The driving, while drinking, is the problem. Or, driving while having too much to drink.
    But I sure hope Utahns don't think a legislator can't have a drink. The state makes millions selling booze.

  • Reality
    Jan. 17, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    You got me! Way to go. Pulling out the definition out of the dictionary to justify the behavior of your fellow LDS member. I really don't care what the definition is, I still stand by my statement.

  • Bart
    Jan. 17, 2010 8:48 a.m.

    To JOHN PACK LAMBERT---Stick with the topic Dude and quit this sorry escuse business. We're talking about Kilpack in Utah. Your whining is getting irritating.

  • J T Browning
    Jan. 17, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    “...For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.” (Luke 12:1b-3, NKJV)
    So spake Jesus to his disciples. All of us, no matter our occupation, education, position in life or church — we all have things we’ve done or are doing that we would prefer others not know about. It could be drinking, pornography, an immoral relationship, or even a crime of some sort. Whatever the case, Mr. Killpack’s issues are now public knowledge, and as he works with his church leaders and seeks out the help he needs to stop drinking, he will grow, and God will again use him in some capacity. Some of the remarks in here reek of complete ungraciousness and mercy, not to mention political potshots from one party or the other. Let’s all grant to Mr. Killpack the grace shown to all of us by our Heavenly Father, and allow him to seek treatment, forgiveness, and restoration.

  • Hollywood
    Jan. 17, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    Does anyone here have spell check?
    Go back to school people!!!!

  • Disgusted
    Jan. 17, 2010 7:24 a.m.

    This is a man for whom I had a great amount of respect, but not any more. His father was killed by a drunk driver. Knowing that, he goes out and gets in a car to drive, after having consumed alchohol! Disgusting. Glad he resigned and hope he stays out of politics for good. We don't need that kind of weakness, stupidity and hypocrisy in our elected officials.

  • new opportunity
    Jan. 17, 2010 5:55 a.m.

    The former senator will be just fine. He can now be a lobbyist in Salt Lake for the alcohol industry.

  • JK
    Jan. 17, 2010 5:55 a.m.

    Senator Killpack didn't hurt anyone. He displayed poor judgement and there should be consequences. But let the punishment fit the crime. He should have retained his senate seat as he was elected to do a job that is now in disarray. The rest of us should think carefully before casting that first stone.

  • Tip of Iceberg
    Jan. 17, 2010 5:37 a.m.

    I work in ERs (outside of Utah) and I've seen people from every eschelon of society come in for alcohol-related accident. Every time a see a story like this, there is usually mention of "I made a poor decision that night", or "this was the first time I drove intoxicated".

    Yeah, right.

    That's like saying that when I get pulled over for speeding, it was the ONLY time I have ever sped before.

    This is a tip-of-the iceberg phenomenon.

    I believe that most people who drink (90%-ish) routinely drive while intoxicated!!!!!!

    Most of them drove to the place where they were drinking, and most of them feel like they aren't impaired "enough" to drive.

    When will we stop putting up with this garbage! We need much stiffer penalties for drunk driving! And the rule needs to be if you've had 1 drink, no driving!

    Every year thousands of children are killed by idiots like this.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 17, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    Another right wing Hypocrite!

  • ~Dont Drink &Try to DRIVE~
    Jan. 17, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    "As no ones ever Perfect"
    Start OVER as never
    Drink & Drive lessons
    learned in Life!!!!

  • re: Reality II
    Jan. 17, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    mistake: a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

    Pretty sure this fits the bad judgement portion of the definition.

  • my slc
    Jan. 16, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    This is a man we are talking about, not some chess piece in the big political scheme of things.

    Did he do wrong? Probably, we won't know for sure until the tests come out and the court decides.

    I am a dyed in the wool democrat and I really dislike the way he is being dissed.

    He is our fellow man his and his life is broken now. What else do you want from him?

  • Reality II
    Jan. 16, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    I am with you on feeling sorry for his family, however for him, I think he should sink. It is not a "mistake" as some people put it to drink and drive. A mistake is locking your keys in the car. I think that if the people in Utah would get off of their high horses and quit acting holier than thou, then I suppose a lot of the criticism would stop. But until then, I love it when the holier than thou fall from grace.

  • stay_man!
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    He should stay! Kennedy, Cheney, GW Bush and so many others survived this kind of thing. Yeah, I know they weren't Mormons in Utah trying to live up to an impossible standard. But heck, maybe things in the culture of Utah will change after a few guys like this retain their position.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    Are you serious "Reality"? His religion is not the reason I feel we shouldn't crucify his family! LEAVE HIM ALONE! He is getting out of public life. He has taken accountability for his actions. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT!

    An apology . . . Oh that's right, he already gave one. He is willing to take any consequences that are handed out. He has stepped away from his political office.

  • shecky
    Jan. 16, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    Good luck: I agree with your assessment.

  • Reality
    Jan. 16, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    I like how people are so inclined to justify his actions by saying it was a "mistake." Had this been someone of another religion or party, this mistake would have had a lot more harsh comments. It's funny how when it is a person of the predominate religion, it's all about forgiveness, but when it is someone not of the predominate religion, it's about the evils of alcohol and let's throw the book at them.

  • John Pack Lambert
    Jan. 16, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    Considering how many people in other state legislators have been arrested for DUI and remained in office, it is hard to see how anything about this can be a disgrace for Utah.
    Killpack resigned without being covicted, Ted Kennedy stayed in office for 40 years with blood on his hands, and the CURRENT president of the Maryland assembly was arrested and covicted on DUI charges WHILE in office.
    A state Rep in Tennessee who fled the scene of an accident caused by his drunk driving and drove over 100 mph while eluding the police was allowed to stay for the rest of his term in office.
    One of the current members of the US House from Texas was arrested for DUI while in congress. He has been re-elected TWICE since then.
    Do not act for a minute like Killpack's RESIGNING from office makes Utah the worst state, a state where people are too tolerant of DUI or anything like that.
    I was wrong about my old state senator here in Michigan being ousted for DUI. He had been convicted of DUI a few times in the passed, but it was Domestic Violence charges that got him ousted.

  • Pepper
    Jan. 16, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    I went to high school with this guy, I was in Laytones with him and knew him pretty well. I was really shocked to hear about the DUI. I am glad that no one got hurt or killed. I really don't know what was going on and I can't speculate on it. All I can say, is that I hope that he gets help if he needs it and that he and his family can pull through this. At least he had the dignity to resign instead of getting into a mud wrestling match with others.

  • kora
    Jan. 16, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    Reading these comments makes me disgusted in people. Apparently no one has ever made a mistake.

  • Just Wondering...
    Jan. 16, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    Why does everyone want to make something more out of Walker and Killpack being together that night than just two "buddies" out together drinking? Do you all think they were setting up a secret combination? Oh brother.

  • Another embarrassment
    Jan. 16, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    People who are insulated in Utah might not notice this, but Utah looks incredibly foolish when its "leaders" repeatedly disgrace the state and still somehow draw statements of support from their fellow "leaders."

  • rightascension
    Jan. 16, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    The real interesting question in all this and I hope the DN looks into it is why Walker and Killpack were together at night.

    Another classic example that our legislature should not deal with its ethics in-house. Someone or some group from the outside should impose legislative ethics and punishments.

    As to the Senator's comment on alcohol: if I were Mrs. Killpack, I would start searching the house and his office for alcohol stashes.

  • rightascension
    Jan. 16, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    Thanks to the senator for his service to the community, but he did the right thing. It is refreshing these days to see a politician do the right thing. Drinking in private is one thing, but drinking and driving is quite another thing. Very dangerous.

  • Does anyone believe
    Jan. 16, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    This is the first and only time he has driven drunk?

  • Speaking of cost...
    Jan. 16, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    I wonder what Sheldon Sixpack will do with the $84,000 he has in his campaign account? Under current law, he could spend it on booze or DUI fines. Or, he could use it to pay for a treatment program for alcoholism. He'll probably give some it to Hughes, Dayton and Niederhauser like he's done before, but he could just pick up stakes, leave Utah and make a healthy down payment on a home elsewhere. No, we don't need no stinkin' ethics reform.

  • Me
    Jan. 16, 2010 7:09 p.m.

    i agree, Cougar Keith.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 7:06 p.m.

    Come on guys! Give him a break. He sounds like a good man that has made a series of terrible choices that are costing him and his family dearly. Let's try some compassion, if not for him, at least for the family.

    I wish him and his family the best. I hope they know that there are many of us who are praying for them.

    I think his resignation shows he has some integrity. It seems there are those out there that just want to make this a mormon issue. Sorry, but people make bad choices all the time, Mormons and otherwise!!

  • CougarKeith
    Jan. 16, 2010 7:03 p.m.

    Good, the LOSER!!! He is as corrupt as the rest of the government! Feds, and State Governments are MOSTLY CORRUPT, and the More LOSERS we can get rid of the better!!! Good riddance you DRUNK!

  • Kevin
    Jan. 16, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    Kudos to the cop. Don't forget him. He took a drunk off the road. Good call on his part.

  • good ol boys
    Jan. 16, 2010 6:41 p.m.

    strike again...Walker, killpack, hughes, curtis, and dayton...vote dem - please

  • Good Luck
    Jan. 16, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    I wish the man well. He was lucky he did not kill someone. He has owned his behavior and seems to be taking the right steps to correct it. Whether he is Mormon, Catholic, Protestant or whatever is irrelevant to the story, in my view.

    As a public servant, he owes the taxpayers better behavior. If he pays his societal debt, then he should be forgiven. I wish him well and good luck. Hope he can get his family's help and support.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    I blame the voters who vote without knowing anything about a candidate's character or even his stand on issues. Many people call for term limits in an effort to get control of government. But, that is a cop-out. We voters have a profound moral obligation to elect and reelect only the best to public office. We are failing in that role. It makes me shudder when I watch Jay Leno's "Jay-Walking" excursions wherein he explores how utterly ignorant many Americans are. I honestly don't care if a well-informed voter makes a carefully reasoned vote that is contrary to mine--we need everybody's good ideas to make democracy work best. But those who don't know or understand the issues or the consequences of a candidate's agenda really need to stay home on election day for the good of the country.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    Our elected officials should be held to a higher level of ethical conduct. Killpack's resignation was appropriate. Political affiliation should have no bearing in this case. Driving under the influence is a shameful and potentially deadly act, whether it involves a republican, a democrat or an independent.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    Why do we continue to elect people that make our laws and hide their own true character...It seems they can fool most of the people most of the time. It's only when they get caught we stop for a minute and think? I'm sick of government...Ethics Initiative should hang over their heads!
    lobbyist - That's become BIG business.
    Coruption...Ya think?
    Lets wake up and get some good people back in government.

  • John Pack Lambert
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    It is true that George W. Bush was arrested for drunk driving, but this was in 1976, 18 years before he was first elected to public office.
    By the late 1980s Bush had entirely stopped drinking alchohol. There are different rules for people who are in office when an event occurs, and those not in office.
    The most interesting case I have dug up so far is Lisa Boscola. She is a democrat State senator in Pennsylvania who was arrested for drunk driving in 2002 about two years into her first term in the state senate. In 2005 Boscola spoke out against a fellow democrat in a special election for a state senate seat attacking Pat Browne, the Republican candidate for having had two drunk driving convictions.
    So at least some Democrats consistently do not consider drunk driving an impeachable offense. Of course many Democrats attacked Boscola for her actions in this case and she apparently considered switching parties because of it.
    There is hypocrysy in all conners. No one has a monopoly on it.

  • To Replicans Resign
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:29 p.m.

    When did Harry Reid ever come into this argument? Republicans resign. how dare you bring him into this argument. You are welcome to disagree with Mr. Reid's politics, but when did he break the law? When did he drink and drive? Never! When did he get 100% home teaching while leading the United States' Senate? The answer is ever since he's been Majority Leader.

    I believe the term is "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:29 p.m.

    he should resign! Nobody should ever drive while under the influence… no excuses!!

  • Tapirs
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    Unbelievably dumb. Its always good to round these guys up before they hurt someone.

  • re: Associations
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    Are you implying that Walker and Hughes made him drink? Speculation runs rampant here. It would be wise for everyone to take a deep breath, relax a bit, and let things run their course.

    Killpack made a huge, costly mistake that he will regret for a long time, if not for the rest of his life. This certainly cost him a seat in the Senate that was very secure, and who knows what other political opportunities are not lost. There are probably other areas of his life that are strained right now as well.

    Fortunately for him, nobody was injured or killed due to his poor judgment. He made the right decision to resign his seat.

    We should take opportunity here to teach our children the real life consequences that result from our behavior and choices.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    As an a member of the LDS Church, I find this resignation to be the right course. We cannot have high profile LDS people being hypocritical. They must obey the laws they pass.

  • John Pack Lambert
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:25 p.m.

    Kumar P. Brave, the majority leader of the Maryland House of Delegates (like a state house of Represenativies), a Democrat, was convicted of drunk driving in Nov. 2007. He is majority leader in the house of delegates none the less.

  • John Pack Lambert
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    So far I have one answer to my question.
    Gonzalo Barrientos, a democrat state senator in Texas, was convicted of Drunk driving in 2001 and remained in office until 2007.

  • Stenar
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    Typical Republican "ethics."

  • crazyg
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    Why resign?? This is too bad, as I like the guy and I don't think this should cost him his position. We're too quick to hang the pols when they screw up. Stay and make things right.

  • John Pack Lambert
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:16 p.m.

    Have any non-Kennedy Democrats been charged with drunk driving lately?
    Kennedy's don't really count, because they are a royal family and exempt from all law, at least that is how police treat them.

  • Re: Republicans resign......
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    When did Harry Reid ever get a DWI? umm, never!

    Just because you do not like the man, keep Harry and his religion out of this. This is a local matter.

    There is no religious test in the US, remember?

    Senator Killpacks' religion has no play in this matter. It is strictly a legal action.

    Don't play the "I'm more Mormon than you are!" card.

  • Utahn
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    Senator Killpack made the correct decision. Its virtually impossible to heal the wounds that these actions create in the middle of a legislative session. Its important to point out that he might have survived politically if he wanted to, but at a tremendous cost to him and his family. I applaud him for doing the right thing.

    If you look at the history of legislators, they resign when these things come to light. All the ethics laws in the world can't produce ethical legislators. Instead, voters and delegates need to elected good people.

  • Honestly
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    Honestly, ociffer! I'm not as think as you drunk I am.

    Sad shame that you had bad judgment on this "activity" - to drink and drive. And what was Walker doing in the car with you, that late at night?

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    Can we shut down all of the charters that this guy was running?

  • uncannygunman
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    I wouldn't have called for his resignation, but I accept it and respect it. At least he's giving more than lip-service to taking responsibility for something.

  • Republicans resign......
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:45 p.m.

    Democrats circle the wagon......check themselves into rehab, etc, etc. A DUI for a Democrat is like a badge of honor - they NEVER resign in shame. Harry Reid should resign....talk about a Mormon with whacked out views.

  • He was stressed
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    He was stressed from fighting democrats just like Mark Sanford. Just listen to Rush, it's always a democrats fault.

    What's tragic is the photo they have of him for this story.

  • Walker
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    Would have been state treasurer

  • it's the hypocrisy
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:38 p.m.

    A DUI alone doesn't disqualify one from office, imho.


    But the hypocrisy of republicans (who would tell others how to [not] drink and who to sleep with) makes me less than sympathetic.

  • rice
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    I still want to know why he was released from the jail so quickly. What about checking on that Deseret News?

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    I don't think that he should have to resign.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    Good to hear Sheldon "sixpack" Killpack resigned. Hopefully he has learned his lesson about driving under the influence.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:21 p.m.

    Re Associations: When you have one political party stay in power for as long as the Republicans in Utah, corruption tends to follow. As the old saying goes, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Look at the Democrats in Washington D.C. They have absolute power and they are as corrupt as can be.

  • Tyler Bradeist
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:12 p.m.

    Good for him that he RESIGED. His constituents deserve better! Sheldon is a disgrace to Mormons, to Utah, to his family, and to his constituents.

    What a sad ending. He is done in Utah politics!

  • Digbads
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    Wow, what an appropriate reaction. Thank you, Senator Killpack.

  • Too many "Utah nice" comments
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:58 p.m.

    How can anyone say thank you for your service? Wake up folks. His dad was killed by a drunk driver. Just another mormon hypocrite if you ask me. He had a bright future, but he should not have gotten behind the wheel.

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:58 p.m.

    Just one more of the countless repuglican hypocrits.

  • Shame
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    Shame on Walker and Killpack for being out doing who knows what after leaving Hughes' fundraiser at 9. Don't you both have families? Don't your wives need your help!?! Doesn't Walker work with the church young men? Some examples, you two!

  • Rice
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    Doesn't the Salt Lake County Jail usually hold DUIs (and most anyone else for that matter) OVERNIGHT? I wonder if Killpack experienced the same unwarranted abuse that is dished out there to even the most cooperative detainees? If so, he should stay in the Senate where he would be certain to fight for reform in the way suspects are treated.

  • Re: Re: What Ethics
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    Oooooh. A little sensitive are we? You weren't at the same "fundraising" party that the other two were at were you? Or do you have "workplace friendships" with these two? We are know by the friends we keep, wouldn't you say?

  • Sad Ending:
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:36 p.m.

    While I seldom agreed with Senator Killpack, it is a sad ending.

    Now it is a matter between a private US citizen and the courts, which are public records. His private family life is just that, private.

    It was a fast, sudden fall for the man. I wish the best possible outcome for him and his family.

  • Re: What Ethics
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    Pardon me, your ignorance is showing. Killpack isn't the "Speaker", that would be Dave Clark. As a Senator, Killpack couldn't be Speaker even if he wanted. He was the Senate Majority Leader.

    What he was doing with Walker is nobody's business anymore. But I'm sure you have workplace friendships and they had probably developed one of those from the time Walker was on the Hill. So they were hanging out as friends.

    And there needs to be no further investigation. Killpack was arrested for breaking the law and will face the proper legal repurcussions, he has resigned for the sake of the Legislature AND his family and now everyone needs to LEAVE HIM ALONE!

  • Associations
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:23 p.m.

    Killpack was a rising political star in Utah. But it appears he associated with shady characters--Walker attempted to bribe his opponent to drop out of a political campaign. Hughes was involved with ethics trouble recently. The ethics panel did not act, but the vote for or against action was split along party lines.

    Are Republicans in the legislature all corrupt? If not all Republican legislators are corrupt, then perhaps just the Republican leadership is corrupt? If not the leadership, it sure seems recent troubles are casting a shadow upon the Republican party. What else is going on up there that we never hear about?

    Of course, a DUI doesn't correlate to corruption in the legislature. I am just wondering why you would hang out with Walker and Hughes.

  • It's Obama's Fault
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    I don't know how yet, but think it's related to the health care bill and the TARP. Socialist fascist communist Democrats!

  • What Ethics?
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    Killpack with a disgraced former rep and current criminal Mark Walker in the same car. Drunk driving isn't the only issue here. What were these to doing together? Politics and politicians disgust me. Lets have an real investigation into what the speaker was doing with a lobbyist who also happens to be a convicted criminal. Walker wouldn't happen to be the lobbyist for alcohol interests in Utah would he?

  • Question...
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:16 p.m.

    Why did Mark Walker let Sen. Killpack drive?

  • More to the story?
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:14 p.m.

    One has to wonder, why he and Mark Walker were rambling around on 3300 South 700 East at midnight.

    Was Killpack the "designated driver"?
    Whose car was it?

  • Good for him
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    Post-mortem ethics beats no ethics at all.
    I hope he gets help.

  • Darn
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    Highway Patrol, ruining everything...........NOT!!!

    LOL!!!!!!

  • JBB
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    Responsible? He got caught! Now he is probably being pressured by his party to resign so he does not make them look bad. He is not responsible! Why was he drinking and driving? His father was killed by a drunk driver! You would think that would be the last thing he would do was drink and drive. But responsible? Is this the first time he ever got in to a car after having alcoholic beverages? Probably not!

  • A Good Start
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    While it remains to be seen what Killpack and (disgraced former Rep) Mark Walker were doing between 9:00 pm and midnight, (other than drinking), but at least Killpack is now showing the good sense to cut his losses and not drag himself, his family, and his Party through the mud. Especially important with an Ethics Initiative hanging over the Republican Party's head. Too bad Buttars didn't have the same good sense when he embarrassed his colleagues and Party.

  • Thank you for your service
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:00 p.m.

    Thank you Sheldon for being a leader, in good times and bad. Thank you for Legacy Highway, the Falcon Hill Development at Hill Airforce Base, for being fiscally prudent, for your economic development efforts that have brought thousands of jobs to Utah over the years, and, most of all, for being an example of collaborative leadership in the Utah Legislature. You will be greatly missed.

  • Thank you
    Jan. 16, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    Senator, I applaud your decision. I do see this as a responsible action.

  • Matt
    Jan. 16, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    Thank you, Senator, for having the decency to resign. You may have been able to keep your seat, but it would have been a dishonorable action on top of the dishonorable action already committed.