Sutherland Institute calls for Utah A.G. John Swallow to resign

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  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 6, 2013 10:28 p.m.

    I love how whenever a republican is being criticized we always have a group on this board that will try to justify it by changing the discussion to the other party. I would think that the party that claims to be the party of morals and values would want its own people to be above reproach regardless of what the other parties people did. The so called double standard is that republicans attack democrats for any and everything, and then justify what thier peple did because the democrats did it first.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 6, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    John Swallow didn't show up to the GOP Organizing Convention, the only elected State official not to be there. I didn't see the Lieutenant Governor but he could have been doing his investigation of the Attorney General's actions as he wouldn't want to be appearing as having a conflict of interest, either.

    If the AG is sure he would be proven innocent, then he should have been out there stating that to the people who voted him in as the party's candidate, 20 minutes after meeting with Jeremy Johnson in 2012. He was the Chief Deputy and had the highest accolades of his boss, Attorney General Shurtleff. They appear to have been to some fancy places together and with that kind of support from the current AG, Mr. Swallow would surely be elected in November 2012 with such a high number of Utah GOP voters, 15 percent going to the polls trying to elect their candidate as President, a very special time.

    Ethics are not just going by the law. That is how law makers and law enforcers get into trouble when they are actually judged on ethics. Attorney and Generals know the law but not necessarily ethics. Integrity?

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    June 6, 2013 12:16 a.m.

    I did not vote for Swallow and think he should resign but I agree with Redshirt there should be no double standard and much of the Obama Administration should resign first because their sins are worse and impact many more people

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    June 5, 2013 7:41 p.m.

    The AG, state Treasurer, and Auditor are all part of the governors cabinet. They should be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Same as the federal government. We have had an AG and Governor of different parties. That leads to conflict and more partisan politics.

    Never trusted Swallow and never voted for him.

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    June 5, 2013 12:47 p.m.

    To Red Shirt,

    I agree with you. Obama, Eric Holder, Susan Rice, and many top Obama administration officials should also resign from office.

    These scandals go all the way to the top. When you consider the issue with the IRS, Benghazi, and spying on the media; running arms to Mexican drug cartels; these issues go all the way to the top. It is not possible that Obama did not know about each of these. It is quite plausible that he not only knew about these, but that they originated from him.

    There is no double standard and I cannot support John Swallow in any shape matter or form. Even if what he did was legal it was certainly unethical and he needs to step down or be impeached

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    June 5, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    To RedShirt,
    Yes I do think that U.S. attorney general Eric Holder should also resign.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    June 5, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    To the those who say that Swallow should resign, do you also think that Eric Holder should resign? If what Swallow did is worthy of resignation, what about Eric Holder, who ran guns to Mexican drug cartels?

    Please be consistent. If being involved in an investigation is cause for resignation, then President Obama, Eric Holder, Susan Rice, and many top Obama administration officials should also resign from office.

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    June 5, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Swallow should apply for a job in the Obama administration. He would fit right in.

  • cns St George, Utah
    June 5, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    DN Subscriber 2 --

    A multitude of voices in Utah are not speaking out against Swallow because he is a conservative. The problem is he has apparently engaged in numerous activities that, if not illegal, are certainly sleezey and which are shining a strong and unwelcome light on the Utah political power structure of which he is very much a part


    As long as the AG is elected he or she will engage in politics -- fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly and elected officials will engage in politics. Even if the AG were appointed he or she would have to be very sensitive to politics to further and protect the agenda and career of the Governor.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    June 5, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    Conservative/Republicans claim to be about value and morality but Utah politics has shown them to not be immune from scandals, hotubbing with minors, DUI and other activities that contradict.

  • micawber Centerville, UT
    June 5, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    DN Subscriber 2,

    I wonder how conservatism is supposed to manifest itself in the office of attorney general. The attorney general's job is to enforce the law, not engage in politics.

  • mightyhunterhaha Kaysville, UT
    June 5, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    DN Subscriber 2 what Kool Aid have you been drinking. Any other law Enforcment Officer in the State would be placed on Admin Leave for these allegations. Swallow sits on the POST council and judges other Law Enforcement Officers. This isn't liberal or conservative this is about what is right! I do belive you need to rethink what is conservative. Conservatives stand up for justice and what is right. Conservatives stand for proper financial mangement. What has been alledged against the AG does meet this standard!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    June 5, 2013 5:50 a.m.

    "It could be that everything John did was within the law and yet still unethical," Mero said.

    This is exactly the point in most politics. Our politicians have failed to police themselves and passed laws making things that are clearly unethical, a crime.

    How can a politician take huge donations from Corporations or Unions and then craft or vote on legislation that affects those entities?

    Any judge would have to recuse themselves as a "conflict of interest" in a criminal or civil case.

    We need to wake up people. If the R and D would band together, they could force laws to clean up our politics.

    Until you get the money out of politics, those with the money will buy favors.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    June 4, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    "...He is so far to the right, he can't turn left...".

    I enjoy good attempts at defining todays politicos...

    Let's see...if he's so far to the extreme right wing he could possibly... return to the left... but may not be able to continue further along the extreme right wing path...which leads to the question of correctly defining the observable essence of todays extreme right wing politicians...who is the most extreme right wing politician in Utah? comparison in the United States?


  • Government Man Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 4, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    DN Subscriber 2. You have an interesting slant on Utah Politics. Mr. Mero is about as right wing as the come. He is so far to the right, he can't turn left. Besides, we need moderate people getting into politics in this State. President Eisenhower said it best, "The left and the right side of the road are for gutters, the best place to drive is in the middle."

  • Primary Chorister Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2013 8:55 p.m.

    DN Subscriber 2 may want to review what has been said about John Swallow for the past five months. John Swallow may be a strong conservative, but he has disgraced the office of Utah Attorney General. Liberal or conservative, the people of Utah deserve better.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    June 4, 2013 8:03 p.m.

    Sutherland Institute USED to be a conservative group, now it is squarely in the moderate-liberal wing, and prone to attack any real conservatives.

    John Swallow is a strong conservative, hence the attack from the "new" Sutherland director.

    The combined attacks on this conservative from the liberal establishment coalition (media, some career politicians, and the rabid Democrat left) may eventually force Swallow out of office, overturning the results of a primary and general election but achieving their goal of preventing conservative government.

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    June 4, 2013 7:20 p.m.

    I agree with the Sutherland institute. It is time for John to go...

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    June 4, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    Look what happened to all the West Valley City arrest charges filed that were dismissed because of misconduct on the part of the police department. Can Utah afford to have important state criminal and civil cases be contaminated and thrown out because of the possible corruption on the part of the Utah Attorney General. Even if such charges against Mr. Swallow are not criminally legal, can Utah afford to have his judgment and approach to operating the State top law enforcement position become the norm? It seems real dangerous to allow Mr. Swallow to remain in office just for the distraction and morale issues that can effectively lower the ability the General Office and staff to do their job.

  • Government Man Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 4, 2013 6:59 p.m.

    Paul Mero is finally right on something. I agree that Swallow should step down. But, I don't believe for a minute that he is a man of integrity. Mr. Mero seems to be making excuses in saying that all politicians fall for the money and power!! Mr. Swallow has portrayed himself as standing tall in support of doing what is right. He has apparently fallen very short of his self portrayal. One party control has caused a sense of arrogance among many of Utah's Republican Leaders. Swallow and Shurtluff will both end up in the same state as Walker, Garn, Kilpack, Curtis, and other disavowed and displaced politicians. We need Open Primaries, Term Limits, Finance Reform, and a good recall law. I hope the Republican Leadership will step up and fix this mess. They helped create the monsters among us, now they need to clean up the mess.