Many Utah voters say Utah A.G. John Swallow should resign, poll shows

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  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 11:53 p.m.

    Where is Mark Shurtleff? Why has he not backed up John Swallow? Liberals will be thrilled to push John Swallow out of office but why aren't more questions asked about Harry Reid? How do we know that Harry Reid isn't up to his eyebrows on this whole matter. Republicans should circle the wagons wait for the investigation and not be pushed by the lynch mob mentality of gotcha journalism.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    At least he knows Senator Reid and not Senator Lee sounds better as a source of "juice".

  • Call4Moderation Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    Is there seriously nothing else to report on? This is just old newsSame thing every day, except there's a new poll about this orth that by people who only marginally have any kind of clue. If this was a democrat, people would just calm it an honest mistake and move on. Wasn't illegal. And proving something is unethical is ridiculously hard, if it even was. I'm gonna be dead and buried before thus story dies. Sheesh.

  • Halospawn FARMINGTON, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    It is a travesty to think that Mr. Swallow was likely elected on the basis of many Utahns voting on straight party ballots; our brilliant legislature defeated a measure to eliminate straight party voting. Parties have a right and a place in political campaigning and fundraising, but have no business being on the ballot itself. The ballot and election are paid for by the public and administered by the state not private interests. We would balk at political endorsements from Chevron or Greenpeace on our ballot, then why allow their proxies?

    I had friends who worked on John Swallow's bid for U.S. Representative, but all of them quickly left his campaign with an unsettled gut feeling about him. Each commented that he seemed like a nice enough guy with the "right" credentials, but he never inspired much confidence. Ambiguous position, certain casual remarks, and conflicting mannerisms deviated from their expectation of a political archetype. While this may seem anecdotal, the currency of politics is trust and loyalty within a predictable system of reliable behavior. These subtle clues undercut Mr. Swallow back then and during the recent election too. But what the heck, he belongs to my party, right?

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    Oh good. Let's get all the corrupt politicians to resign.

    I think Obama should lead the way. He should set an example.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    "Do they know about the houseboat?"

    Swallow asks in the April 30, 2012, meeting that Johnson secretly recorded.

    "Is there any paper trail on that?"

    "There’s no paper trail on the houseboat. Nobody knows about it," Johnson assures him.

    "There’s no email, there’s no ... " Swallow continues before Johnson interrupts.

    "No emails on the thing," Johnson reiterates, "and, no, my wife doesn’t even know you were on there."

    Yeah, that all sounds on the up and up doesn't it?

  • dustman Nampa, ID
    Jan. 31, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    The results of the investigation are needed before anything can be decided as to whether the he did anything unethical or illegal.

    Even if it was unethical conduct and not illegal, the Utah State Bar should act accordingly. Attorney licenses are a privilege to hold and unethical conduct is serious.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 7:55 a.m.


    So now investigative journalism is defamation? At least one paper in Utah is actually investigating this.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 30, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    Mr. Swallow should step down. We already know what we need to know. As deputy attorney general, Swallow was taking, distributing, and keeping cash in order to influence an ongoing FTC investigation. He admits to it. The fact that he sees nothing wrong with that makes him even less qualified to hold his current position. His actions are unacceptable to anyone but the most blind partisan.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    He should not step down as nothing is proved. Let the investigation run its course. He claims his innocense so he should have time for the investigation to prove otherwise.

  • mightyhunterhaha Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 4:06 p.m.


    Illegal or Unethical makes no difference. He is the top law enforcement officer in the state. He has lost the trust of the people and has cast a dark shadow over the AG's Office. He needs to leave office for the good of law enforcement. He needs to be wiser with whom he has private meeting and he was working in the AG's office at the time.

  • AKracker Highland, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    There's a bigggggg difference between illegal and unethical, and people being polled jumping to snap judgments without hearing all the evidence is not a reliable system of justice. That's what courts and trials are for.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    Let's let the investigation be completed. But in the meantime, perhaps Swallow should place himself on leave.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    Why don't we all just settle down and wait for the investigation to be completed?!

    In the meantime, Mr. Johnson has provided a very good smoke screen and diversion away from himself. Very clever, very clever.

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    Looks a little shady to me! I think he should be forced to step down!

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    The irony here is very clear. Lets reverse the issue. Lets pretend the new SL County Major is in the same boat as the new AG. Know what the polls would say, exactly the opposite. The "D's" would call for moderation, the "R's" would seek his head.

    That is the sadness of politics. There is never any middle ground for any issue. "I am absolutely right and the other side is absolutely wrong and they are bums to boot".

    The other irony is it is always the fault of the State of Utah. Glad I am not a state!!

  • Abe Sarvis Cedar City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Having now heard the recorded meeting, it's clear that Swallow, at best, wasn't smart enough to get up and leave. He may have not crossed the line of legality - let's be honest, that line scarcely exists in Utah anyway - but his very participation in that meeting exposes him either as a willing participant or a hapless patsy, neither of which is what we need in the AG's office.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 30, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    So what? He won't, at least not without a golden parachute provided by a republican party crony. And where the heck was Shurtleff when all this was going on between his chief deputy and the criminal.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    Polls? If polls meant anything in this state the GOP would have properly funded education and passed legislation to clean up our air. The GOP has circled the wagons and we all need to Swallow and just learn to love our new Attorney General.

  • Call4Moderation Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    Shocking. Dems want him to step down, and rwepublicans are indecisive. At least ksl has donue actual reporting. I did hetar the SLTrib May have a defamation lawsuit headed their way cope how badly and biased their Gerhke reporting was that started this whole typing. Those liberals deserve it. Shoddy reporting. Just plain embarassing. It's no wonder people believe it. Newte was spot on about liberal media. And you guys lick it up.