Swallow fallout has lawmakers asking questions about attorney general election

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    I voted for Sean Reyes at the convention and again in the primary so don't blame me. I saw Swallow coming a long time ago. Ethics have never been his strong point.

    That said, several people have made reference to the President being allowed to appoint the U.S. Atty general. You can see what we've been saddled with. An atty general at the national level who does not defend laws that he doesn't like (contrary to his oath of office) and who looks the other way when people are bullied away from voting in cities like Philadelphia.

    Let's keep electing the Utah Atty General. Most have been really good, its just in Shurleff and Swallow's case it went to their heads.

  • dan76 san antonio, TX
    Feb. 15, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    "Thatcher said the idea of buying the attorney general's office with donations would just be transferred to the governor's office, making it more difficult to scrutinize."

    The present governor knew of candidate Swallow's pending legal problems prior to the election but decided not to inform the electorate.

    As Utah is widely recognized for voting a straight ticket, little will change if this legislation passes.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    There are a lot of reasons why having an appointed AG might make sense, especially in a political climate where the Republican AG candidates in this state are likely to be selected by their perceived right-wing ideological purity rather than by their legal competence while Democratic candidates, however upstanding they might be as individuals, are doomed because the state and national Democratic parties have gone far enough off the deep end to be anathema to most Utah voters.

    The trouble with having the AG selected by the governor, however, is that then he is beholden to the governor and the governor's political allies. Such an AG is more likely to assist in covering up their bad conduct than to investigate it. You can see this on a federal level with Holder and Obama; it could be similar at a state level.

    I think the right solution is to bring back the ethics initiative. The GRAMA and John Swallow affairs have shown Utahns we really do need an independent body involved in government ethics oversight in this state. Then and only then will it be OK to entrust a position like AG to the governor's appointment.

  • Ethel Home Town USA, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    What is anyone so worried about? The comment that the AG is a part of the governor's cabinet makes more sense than to make a big political issue of this matter. There is the vetting process that each person nominated or in the running should be done regardless. No one loses any "power" by having an appointed AG. The PREZ has his own, so why not the GOV?

    Isn't is about time the political opponents stop the character defamation of Mr. Swallow. He is no longer in office, and has no power and several agencies did not find anything to charge him with any crime. It appears that the digging has gotten dirty and to the point of harassing him. Enough already.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Feb. 15, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    Just abolish the office, they tend to outsource all the hard cases anyway.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    Bad idea.

    I see great opportunity for deal making between candidates "If you drop out, I will make you AG" or "If I do [something shady] to get you elected, will you make me AG, which will set me up for a run at Governor next time."

    The people of Utah deserve a chance to vote on who our chief law enforcement officer will be. We might make a mistake (e.g.- Swallow fooled a lot of people) but at least we get a choice and a chance to look into the background and policies of candidates, not rely on the Governor to pick a really good "top cop" instead of a "top contributor."

    "Fixing" special cause problems (a deceptive crook like Swallow fooling voters to get elected) with an across the board solution to what is NOT a common cause problem present all the time just makes things worse.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 15, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said he supports the resolution but "good luck getting it passed by the people because they're going to be defensive about losing their right to choose."

    No, it is about vested interest losing its influence and control. The donations explain it all.

  • jean22 Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    The President of the United States appoints the U.S. Attorney General. That office is not voted on by the public.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    The AG is a member of the governors cabinet. This is a no brainer. Let the governor choose his cabinet. Many states and the federal government already do this.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 15, 2014 6:10 a.m.

    "Swallow fallout has lawmakers asking questions about attorney general election"

    Lawmakers and citizens should be asking about more than just that.

    They should be asking about how a culture of corruption has insinuated itself into Utah's Criminal so-called justice system.

    Why have the previous to Republican Attorney's General apparently felt it was their right to exploit that office for personal gain?

    How did the "justice" system become so self-absorbed, so all-powerful, and so arrogant that its members feel they can use it to exploit citizens with no fear of censure?

    What makes Utah such a hotbed for systemic corruption in high places?

    What about the fact that previous two Attorneys General were both Mormons active in their church? What's the correlation? Does their selfish behavior have something to do with feelings of superiority, privilege, and entitlement?

    Could an unabashed Republican culture of greed be partially responsible?

    Why does the Bee Hive state, purportedly a bastion of moral superiority, have such serious corruption issues with elected public officials?

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 3:14 a.m.

    This idea is unconstitional to deprive people of their right of electing public representatives and making it chaotic for a one man ruler.

    It is unconstitutional to grant the power of the Legislative, Administrative, and Judicial powers into the hands of one man. Separation of power's is a vital accountability of our government to the people.

    What Utah lacks is our representatives continue to deny the citizens of Utah is ethical code of conduct for any leaders with respect, honor, and accountable to the people. The legislators have continually denied us this right and their only comeback is to further destroy the rights and liberties of the voters of this state?

    We demand that a "Code of Conduct" law be established and is more important than bureaucratic power struggles that separtion of powers in our governemnt and Constitution makes it work.

    Our state Constitution was written by honest believers in democracy and people freedoms and rights and it is not the right of generational discontent of politicans who seek socialism that guarantees eternal authority.

    They should be looking at each other, not the laws and corruption permeating this body of government who are seeking eternal power over their serfs.

  • trueblue87 Provo, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 6:37 p.m.

    Don't take the power from the people.