Gov. Gary Herbert: Swallow resignation 'no cause for jubilation'

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  • dan76 san antonio, TX
    Nov. 26, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    For JWB;

    For every one Illinois politician indicted let alone incarcerated, I'll suggest twenty more left office with ill-gotten gains.

    Insofar as John Swallow's predicament, most likely he was strongly urged to "resign" in lieu of prosecution. Don't forget the governor knew of the upcoming investigations prior to the election but remained mute and kept the electorate in the dark.

    And least Utah taxpayers forget, Mr. Swallow is eligible to collect a state pension due to his resignation effective date.

    Nov. 24, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    Sean Reyes wants to be considered as a replacement? Doesn't he see he has an obvious conflict of interest, at least until the court case--if there is one--is settled?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    The jubilation factor is catching up for the Governor as his previous Lieutenant Governor resigned with involvement in this investigation and with Mr. DePaulis in the DFCS processes plus maybe some other reasons to get a job with more money.

    The Governor was in-charge when the Attorney General election was going on and the AG staff was not happy with Mark Shurtleff and especially his hand chosen Chief Deputy to become the AG with Mr. Shurtleff's endorsements up to the election day.

    Mr. Swallow appears to act as a novice in this whole investigation process. He knew about his indiscretions helping to raise money for Mr. Shurtleff and even being together in some fancy places with people who would benefit from their elections.

    The AG won't have to worry about impeachment but to believe that his actions and the investigative process will go away is the Chicago way for over a century. Mr. Swallow lives in Utah.

    In Illinois, we had plenty officials say to the end that they were innocent 100% but still ended up in Joliet or Federal prison.

    Truth is truth and only the facts change is the political world around the world.

  • Scout Leader Roy, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 7:28 a.m.

    The fact remains if there is evidence he broke the law then the law should be executed and prosecution take place. Now with that said, it is still an abiding principle in this country that you are innocent until proven guilty. If a day in court is warranted, then it should happen.

    In the end regardless of the results of our legal system, Mr Swallow will face his day in court. If not in this life, then St Peter will surely be his next arbiter.

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    No cause for jubilation? Tell me about it. When only one corrupt official retires, that really is no cause for jubilation. Why can't all of the money-grubbing politicians at the State Capitol retire? They're overpaid and overvacationed. While the rest of us with real jobs have to pay up or be denied the right to work/operate our businesses. I'm tired of this Mafia stuff. I mean, this isn't Long Island, it's freakin' Utah! What's the deal? Seriously, what do I have to do to run these goombahs out of my life?!?! ALL of them.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    It has been very entertaining reading the comments in defense of John Swallow. Very entertaining.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    ""I think the public is going to want to have answers," Niederhauser said. "We're not trying to get in their business, but I guarantee the question is going to be raised."

    Yeah Niederhauser, the public DOES want answers. However, the question is not about how much the investigation costs, it's how crooked is Swallow & why are YOU so adamant to bury further attempts to get the truth?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    One party rule, leads to corruption.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:25 a.m.

    So now Swallow is going on vacation prior to the effective date of his resignation, meaning that we the taxpayers are footing the bill for his fun time. Why didn't he resign effective immediately? Talk about clueless, but what else would we expect? Swallow seems to relish living the high life off of other people's money. I wonder whose villa I will be paying for.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    I disagree with Gov. Herbert. It is a cause for jubilation when a corrupt politician leaves office, either voluntarily or involuntarily. Good riddance, I say.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    I feel that a lot of people in the Utah GOP were aware of how Mr. Swallow operated including the former AG and did and said nothing. It has been said that money is the life-blood of politics and people in politics will do anything for money.

    I think many knew of what was going on and turned a blind eye, or just winked at the events. Much like the press being aware of the presidential escapades of JFK and others. Now the GOP dons the pious cloth coat of righteousness and distance themselves from one of their own to avoid contamination.

    Mr. Shurtleff must have know a lot more than he lets on, why are we not looking into his years as AG? Didn't Mr. Swallow raise money for Mr. Shurtleff?

    Just sayn'.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Nov. 23, 2013 5:37 a.m.

    Swallow's resignation is in fact a cause for jubilation. Why not?

    Aren't people much better off without him tainting the reputation of Utah's Justice System by his presence in office?

    He won't be able to do nearly as much damage as a civilian.

    Clearly, Swallow's resignation was the best thing he could have done for the people of Utah, so citizens should celebrate while they can.

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    "the governor said Swallow "recognized he'd become a distraction that was making it difficult for his own office to function as well as it could function."

    Sounds like Swallow was concerned that too many other people might be caught in the examination, thus the "distraction" would lead to them.

    But now that he has resigned, he said he (Swallow) believes the case will go away.
    Undoubtedly, Swallow is "hoping and praying" that the case will go away magically. Hope and prayer cannot be relied upon as good plans.

    Swallow said he's frustrated that people think he resigned because he "was somehow afraid of something."

    Could it be that others associated with Swallow (Shurtleff and ???) were afraid that too much publicity might put the light on them as well?

    "No one high up in the government, no one in the (Republican) party ever asked me to resign," Swallow said.

    Most of the Republicans wanted Swallow to resign. Again, too much light makes too many nervous?

    This sounds like the worst defense that could be presented. It is amatuerish and sounds like Swallow has to fall on his sword to protect others.

  • donquixote84721 Cedar City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    In this country, people are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, but there are so many charges that he will considered guilty, until proven innocent. He claims that his political enimies are out to get him, and he needs to bring this out in public. I have been politically assenated, so I know this exist

  • midvale guy MIDVALE, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 4:17 p.m.

    if there is evidence to support that he broke the law he should be prosecuted. this is especially true because he is in law enforcement. It shouldn't matter that he step down or that it's a personal strain on his finances. Other people that his office prosecutes on a daily basis don't have these options available to them. Him and all of the businesses and people that conspired with him need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. the reason he thinks the whole case will go away is because he made a deal on the side that included him stepping down. If that's the case, they should've finished putting together the case against him. The bear was definitely passed halfway in the forest on this one. Disgusting

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    But the Utah investigation committee filed the report saying he DID break the law.

    So now - ther question reamins:

    Who should we beleive?

    The committee,
    the egotistical lawyer, caught on tape, Utah State Attorney General under multiple State and Federal investigations, who just so happned to intentionally wipe clean his office desktop, office latop, home computer, cell-phone AND blackberry?

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    Concealment of bribery and corruption is not equivalent to jaywalking, Mr. Swallow.

  • Pat Salt Lake , UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    Henry. If it was reported in the papers it must be correct.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 22, 2013 12:53 p.m.

    According to the article, Swallow claims nobody "high up" in the government or Republican Party asked him to resign. Does this guy ever read the papers? The fact is there were precious few who didn't demand his resignation.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    Yeah...If his attorney accepts IOU's.

    You don't make much when your tag line at work is "Is this for take-out or delivery?"