Utah House drafts resolution to investigate Attorney General John Swallow

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 29, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    "It does not specify the number of Republicans or Democrats but would presumably reflect the overwhelming GOP majority in the House."

    Yup. Just what you might expect. The Repubs know that if they can stall it off or "investigate" with the usual GOP thoroughness, Swallow, Shurtlef and their cohorts will be perfectly safe.

  • hnoel Layton, UT
    June 29, 2013 5:57 a.m.

    "Bi-partisan" is the important word here. Many if not most states compose such committees of equal representation from both major parties. It has been suggested that the committee should reflect the strong ratio of Republicans over Democrats in the legislature -- which of course is how we have been represented for the past years, but has been anything but bi-partisan. Some people believe that it is just this lop-sided representation that has facilitated situations the committee will now investigate. Such a composition will only weaken the committee, if not in reality, at least in public perception. This is no time for hard-line politics. A hard job must be done. Both parties can work tegether, in equal numbers, to see it is done right.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 28, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    This may be a burden for the House of Representatives but if it is done correctly will bring some facts to light with a bi-partisan and fair process, hopefully.

    The State of Utah should have had this process prior to the election if the prior Attorney General had been fair and forthcoming with the GOP and the citizens of the State. If the prior AG was honest and ethical, we might not be in this situation now. Again, after living in Illinois for 9 years, this is very similar politics for a lot of their high elected officials, state and national.

    Ethical is as important as keeping the law for the Attorney General. He is to espouse trust with the citizens and those people he is to enforce. He seems to be arbitrary and capricious in how he administers the law and has favoritism as a quotient in public office.

    Quid pro quo is not authorized in his dealings as the Chief Deputy and Attorney General. He has blown the trust and should be dealt with by the legislature, good, bad or ugly.