Swallow has no plans to resign even as rumors circulate about his replacement

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  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    Why would he resign! He was elected to his over paid job by the people of Utah!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    All swallow needs now is the dreaded 'vote of support' from some repub boss.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    Where there is smoke there is fire, Swallow may appear nice when he's got his public face on, but having known him since he was running for district 51 in the 90's I am not surprised in the least that he's in trouble.
    Clean house, impeach Swallow, but please find someone who doesn't have the troubled background and questionable ethics we've seen from both Shurtleff and Swallow. I don't care if they're Republican or Democrat, but please don't put someone in who is a career politician.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    Tempest in a tea pot!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    Both Swallow and Mr. Johnson have questionable histories. What must happen is a thorough and completely open investigation by a totally non-partisan group. When that is complete, appropriate action need to be taken.

    But when a police officer, teacher, or other public servant comes under question, they are usually required to take paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

    Mr. Swallow should be required to do the same.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    Its not a big deal people. Harry Reid's involvement will cause this issue to be buried faster than a US Citizen can say "No" to Obamacare.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    Guilty or not, he's tainted and ought to do the right thing. Which is, cut bait and run. Of all the candidates running for AG I thought he was the least experienced and least qualified as an attorney. But he was Shurtleff's dandy, and of course was right there on the front row as a spectator watching the arguments in the Supreme Court and then parading on TV saying that he personally was leading the fight against Obamacare. And the people of Utah bought it. He was no more leading the fight against Obamacare than I was.

    We here in Utah need to quit being sheep. Especially us Republicans. We need a lawyer in the AG position, not a politician.

    We have a community organizer in the White House, and a fund raiser in the AG's office. How dumb are we?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    @ danaslc, Swallow is part of the good old boys club.

    If the allegations are true, that he feels no guilt speaks volumes.

    The AG will be tainted and under a cloud for a long time. Pity. And remember, it was his own circle that made the allegations and was seemingly trying to protect him. He should go on leave of absence.

    And for the Harry Reid haters, this was about trying to exploit the fact that Reid is a Mormon in order to gain a benefit. How many times have we seen this. I would bet that Reid has no clue. Why would he care about Republican businessmen /politicians in another state? Except for the effort to exploit a common connection by Utahns, it makes no sense to point the finger at Reid. These guys were seeking Reid's help because of his power in Washington, not because Reid was involved in any way. Duh.

  • swede1952 Smithfield, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 6:28 a.m.

    I am dismayed that a corruption allegation has been leveled at Utah's new attorney general. However, an allegation of this kind cannot be taken lightly. An investigation has been called for and should now take place. While that investigation proceeds, I believe Mr. Swallow should do the proper thing, and be placed on "administrative leave". While allegations of bribery circulate, how can John Swallow effectively administer the office of Utah Attorney General?

    To me, there seems to be some veracity in what's being purported, and until at such time these accusations are proven or disproved, Utah needs an unencumbered Attorney General. For the good of the people of the state of Utah, step aside temporarily, Mr. Swallow. If you are vindicated, your position and salary will be awaiting your return. If the allegations are substantiated, then, "shame on you", and you should resign. In life, you can't have it both ways. The old proverb is true, "Those who play with fire, usually get burned!"

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 6:18 a.m.

    @Innocence, Maple, BYUAlum
    If you read the article in the Tribune(cause that's the paper this article refers to) they base their call for him to resign based on what Mr. Swallow had already admitted.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 2:42 a.m.

    Why is swallow even being investigated by a political group who does not have the authority to launch or perform an investigation of the actions of an elected official in the first place.

    What began as an accusation of conflict of interest has been turned into a political investigation with little or no facts to substantiate any accusations that have been made. This political gambit is character assassination and the feds should be investigating this group and its motives and its slanderous acts. Our elected officials cannot be held accountable for the acts of any person who he has no affiliation with and no one has the right to slander ones character by blackmail and extortion that this group is doing.

    FBI and homeland security should be on top of this and all the slander that is interfering with the duties of an elected representative. This group had plenty of opportunity before and during the election process to slander and prove their case and its too late now for any action or lies to discredit the election process.

  • Zona Zone Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 18, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    If Swallow steps aside, the state will be best served by a non-politician currently working at the A.G.'s office. That way, someone might finally merit the position of attorney.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 9:36 p.m.

    For goodness sakes. Why do you think he is guilty until proven innocent? Take a deep breath! John Swallow is a good man and the truth will come out. Give due process a chance before jumping to conclusions, people!

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    Interesting how the media is calling for Swallow to resign, serving as prosecutor, judge, and jury. Isn't Swallow entitled to due process? It's also interesting how the media forgets Harry Reid's potential role in this as well. Even then, shouldn't we wait for the facts to be presented? The media is pathetic in its efforts to stir up the emotions of the public in the direction it wants. Don't forget, this is all heresay for the moment.

  • InnocenceLost West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    It is so sad that in our great land that a man is considered guilty before proven innocent. The reporting community has become a lynch mob and their reporting is completely biased. Can we not just stop, let the investigation happen and then if charges are in order we let the man have his due process?! Anyone calling for his resignation already has their own dirty agenda and I definitely don't want to see a good man go down without due process.

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 9:15 p.m.

    This is a smear campaign to keep the good old boys club intact. Swallow is the decent guy. Figure it out.

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 9:09 p.m.

    There absolutely has to be an investigation into this accusation ,
    This would be unacceptable if these alleged accusations are true.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 8:31 p.m.

    I want to believe that this is all lies by Johnson. But if true, the public's understanding of the darker side of politics will be slightly more understood. Politicians will be even less trusted if this is how the system works.

    If Swallow is found guilty, the next level of investigation should point towards Harry Reid.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    The Utah GOP has no shame. Swallow needs to go- but we sure don't need Lockhart, Philpot, Valentine, etal. in his place. We need some new blood, not Utah good ole' boy club members in the AG's position. The Utah GOP has an opportunity to clean up its sleazy image. But they won't.