I’ve had it.
I’m disgusted at the stories that continue to come out about Utah’s Attorney General. Current guy, previous guy….it’s disgraceful.
And the hubris…..the hubris knows no bounds. In a recent appearance on the Doug Wright show, current AG John Swallow said “I am not a crook” and “I did not have criminal relations with those men.” (OK, maybe those weren’t his exact words – but they sure sounded like them to me.) Swallow DID say he was not guilty of doing anything illegal and as long as he was not charged with a crime, well then, the people of Utah would know that he did nothing wrong.
It’s mind-boggling that someone has to explain to the state’s “top cop” that just because something might skirt the edge of “technically legal” does not make it RIGHT!!
(And conversely, “against the law” doesn’t make something wrong or immoral – sometimes we just have bad laws…..but I digress….)
We have had a plethora of stories about John Swallow and his – ahem – poor judgment. We have multiple witnesses, multiple stories, multiple angles and more coming out all the time. Just how many will it take, I wonder?
I’ve been calling for Swallow’s resignation since January. Some people agree with me (more and more all the time), but a few still want to know why I’m being “so hard” on poor John. Here’s the real kicker – people are telling me to stand down because “That’s just how things are done.” What the wha? What makes you think I would EVER be OK with corruption as the status quo? I mean seriously…..
Those people were right about one thing, though – apparently in the Utah Attorney General’s office, that IS how things are done – at least when you’re the head honcho.
Today’s story about then-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff sitting down and offering a Utah businessman $2 million to shut up and go away is one more in an ever-widening sludge pond – a stinking, oozing, sticky mess. What the freaking heck?!?!
The arrogant, narcissistic, and by the looks of it, criminal behavior of these men is truly astounding. The fact that they don’t know or don’t care about the damage they are inflicting makes me wonder how tone-deaf they truly are.
They didn’t just damage the public trust. They broke it, stomped on it, stabbed it, burned it, buried it and continue on their merry way, sometimes pausing to wonder why all those mean people are picking on them.
They have destroyed the reputation of the Attorney General’s office. It will take months of disinfecting, of sunlight and of a SCRUPULOUSLY squeaky-clean new Attorney General to repair the trail of devastation they are leaving behind. Can you even imagine being an employee in that office as more and more comes to light? There are many good,, honorable people working in the AG’s office who are as horrified as I am and who cringe daily, wondering what new revelations the “story of the day” will bring.
Mark Shurtleff and his protege, John Swallow have cast a pall upon all elected officials. Good people, with the best of intentions, are in public office. I know many of them and would trust most of them with my life – and my tax dollars. But Shurtleff and Swallow make it darn hard to trust any elected official, don’t they?
They are trashing the reputation of the Republican party, again, with no apparent concern for anything but their own hide (and money. Can’t forget the money.) I am proud to be a Republican but gosh – I’m embarrassed to be in the same party with them.
I am a common-sense conservative – and I don’t see any common sense OR conservative values coming out of the AG’s office right now.
Yes, I know some people get annoyed when I call out Republicans but guess what - ethics is not partisan. And, I’ve never really been part of the good old boys club…but you knew that, right? RIGHT?
I also understand the caution when there’s only one story, two stories – maybe even three stories, but this whole scenario? This has legs. Big time. I read all those stories, but I can’t count ‘em all. There are too many – and they continue to accumulate.
Maybe you caught the story earlier this month where Swallow’s attorney, Rod Snow, said his “sense of the investigation is that it’s broader than what any of us realize. I don’t think Swallow is the focus of it. In other words, I think it may be broader or have expanded.” Um, yeah. It would appear that investigators have not yet found the bottom of the iceberg.
I want to be crystal clear. I am NOT OK with a culture of corruption. It’s wrong. It needs to end. And it needs to end now.
I suspect that by the time this is over, Robert Gehrke will get a fancy-shmancy award for investigative journalism, Utah will have a new Attorney General – and the Republican party will spend months cleaning up the debris field left behind by these two train wrecks.