A.G. John Swallow doesn't attend, but GOP leaders don't ignore elephant in the room

Allegations against Utah attorney general concern party officials

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  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    This is a real story!

    Where's the typical Utah Conservative Republican outcry? I'm disappointed that Swallow is getting off so lightly! Come on Utah, where are you?

  • Call4Moderation Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    What does it matter? The dems just want to make noise,Swallow will just wait it out and be re'elected in 4 years, and now some of the Republicans can thump their chests and tell him how they really supporterted him the whole time! Besides, it's still yet to be determined if Swallow will be a good AG. I'm hopeful.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    HeatedUp -- are you absolutely sure that only "Dems" are grandstanding?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 3:13 p.m.

    Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright reminded committee members of the party's platform. "We demand honesty, integrity, morality and accountability of our public officials. We will work to expose and stop corruption," Wright said, speaking at the Juab County Fairgrounds.

    When I see quotes like that it makes me wonder when they plan to start. Saying it and DOING it are two widely different things.

  • Government Man Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    If the Utah Republican Leadership believed in Good Government, they would lead a move to Impeach Swallow. There is no way these corrupt politicians will ever do that, it would hurt their own power base.

  • Aaron Gabrielson HEBER CITY, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    After talking with other members of the GOP central committee yesterday, I think they prefer to let the legal process takes its course before they do anything. Personally, I would like the party to show some leadership on this issue. I want to send a strong message that the party does not condone Swallow's actions. That we will not support anyone that breaks the public trust this way or shows this kind of character. Not sending this message, also sends a message doesn't it?

    Aaron Gabrielson
    Wasatch County Republican Chair

  • Poqui Murray, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    Public officials need to be held to a higher standard. The appearance of impropriety ought to be enough to call for their resignation. Mr Swallow has placed a seed of doubts in Utahn's minds, that is enough for him to step down as the top law enforcer in the state. But pride will not allow him to do so, he will fight this and taint his name and the office even further. That's too bad for him and for our state.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 17, 2013 6:25 a.m.

    As far as our politicians go, there are things that are clearly wrong and there are things that are clearly illegal.

    Unfortunately, the two do not always coincide.

  • micawber Centerville, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    I don't think this is a rush to judgment. The criminal justice system will take action in due course. But as Chairman Wright points out, meeting with Johnson at the Krispy Kreme was unethical. I don't think Mr. Swallow denies the meeting and there is a tape of it. We should be able to expect more of our attorney general. Staying a weekend on Mr. Johnson's luxury houseboat is also very questionable to me. From admitted facts, I think it is clear that Mr. Swallow was insensitive to the nature of his position. If you take campaign contributions from businesses that, as attorney general you are likely to have to investigate, if you take weekend houseboat trips from people you are likely to have to investigate, if you have private meetings with donors who are being investigated by federal agencies, as an attorney you have acted improperly. People will naturally expect leniency based on their donations and relationship. We deserve better from an attorney general or his chief deputy.

    Also, Mr. Jackson, double jeopardy would prevent further investigation and a subsequent charge after an initial trial.

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    The spirit of "a speedy and public trial" promised in the Sixth Amendment suggests that wherever we can move to resolving such issues rapidly, we should. If this means quicker impeachment proceedings, that should happen. What are we waiting for? "Speedy" does not mean waiting six months while a cloud of doubt hangs over Swallow and his office. It does not mean leaving the office strangled until a resolution is finally arranged. Every government and political body that has a determination of justice to make in the matter -- whether it is the courts, themselves, the Legislature, or the party -- should be pursuing their decisions in "a speedy and public" manner. Seems to me that way, at least if the words of the Bill of Rights are to be taken to heart.

    One more thought. Injustice is not in being tried and condemned. Injustice is being condemned without being tried. No, that does not we mean we wait for the courts to run their course, for we can see that the public will condemn on its own time frame. If we are to provide justice, then, we must place the trial ahead of the public's rush to judgement.

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 6:42 p.m.

    The problem with letting the legal system take its course, is that it is a long course. The issue demands quicker resolution. Nor should there be anything wrong with it being a public matter. As much as any other case I can think of, the John Swallow situation underlines why it is so important that the Sixth Amendment promise of a speedy and public trail should be accorded our citizens. And, it underscores that it is not happening. Of course we should have a quicker system. Why would it in any way be wrong to have a trial right after the charges come up, and to bring all the charges and evidence and witnesses that at that point are available and act on them immediately? It does seem to me that that is no more than what the Bill of Rights calls for. If the case is pursued beyond that initial trial, so be it. If further investigation is warranted, and more evidence is found, and more witnesses step forth, that is fine. We already have cases lingering in the court long past when they were started. At least by having a quick trial, some of them can be nipped.

  • heated_up Salt Lake , UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 6:12 p.m.

    I agree MFranko, a person with a very questionable character makes an accusation against Swallow, and everything that is wrong with Utah politics is placed squarely on his back. It's an opportunity to grandstand for the dems and nothing more. The ongoing attack on Swallow regarding this so called "scandal" is so far from serving the public interest it is ridiculous. As a constituent, I want my party officials to focus on the real issues and let the experts deal with these "accusations" in the appropriate manner. It's not fair to use Swallow as the fall guy for what has been wrong with politics in Utah and in America as a whole for a very long time. If this situation has prompted the need for ethics reform, great! That doesn't make Swallow guilty of any wrong doing.

  • Houghty SL, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    The only thing that concerns "Party Officicals" is getting re-elected. Be it Democrats or Republicans. Swallow is on his own to defend something he did 3 years ago while not a Career Service Employee. Most politicians will distance themselves but in the end Swallow will be found innocent.

  • MFranko85 South jordan, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    All politics be it national and local need reform. However, Swallow was not part of this. It is getting a bit irritating that every story is about Swallow. How about letting the justice system work it's course before convicting the guy?

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Feb. 16, 2013 4:44 p.m.

    This does not bode well for Mr Swallow. As with all politicians everywhere...follow the money.