Love how the DN sugar coated it- "letter of reprimand" Mr Hughes have you
appologized to your constituents for being guilty of conduct unbecoming?
It was not Hughes on trial, it was our legislature and we all lost. A letter of
reprimand is all the closed door, sworn to secrecy panel could come up with?Hughes never denied that he tried to buy votes for vouchers, he just
claimed that is how business is done in the legislature. If our legislators
would have had nothing to hide, there would have been an open hearing, and the
truth would have been set free. Instead, we get more secret combinations.It is time for Utahns to change our corrupt one party system that
poisons even good people who desire to serve faithfully. We need at least two
parties in the legislature, not more secrecy, and good ol' boy corruption.
Hughes' arrogance continues to amaze me. He still hasn't got it that his
behavior is embarrassing to many Republicans that live in his district. I have
not heard anything of apology or taking responsibility of his actions from him,
only that he chalks this thing up to "dirty politics". The endorsement letter I
received from Mayor Smith did not impress me, only left me wondering why our
Mayor is supporting someone with character such as Hughes'? I think it is
important to remind Representative Hughes--he got off because the rules were not
strict enough to nail him on anything. By saying his conduct was unbecoming of
a member of the house, they are basically saying, yeah you did it but because of
our rules we can't do anything about it. DRAPER CAN DO BETTER THAN A LEGISLATOR
WHOSE CONDUCT IS UNBECOMING OF A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE. Draper, vote for Lisa
The first paragraph of this article is misleading. The ethics committee
basically admitted that the current ethics rules are useless. So, they did the
only thing they could. They unanimously (every Republican and Democrat) told
Hughes he was guilty of conduct unbecoming a member of the Legislature, and
asked him to apologize.I haven't seen an apology from Greggie yet.
I for one won't even consider voting for him until I see that.
The real issue here is the educational establishment. They are behind the smear
issue. The question we should ask, do we want then governing both our children
Why is the fact that Jones was the executive director of the anti-voucher group
just being mentioned now for the first time? That would have been a very
interesting piece of information to have had as I read each of the stories on
this sneak attack.
What we need more than ethics reform on Capitol Hill is courtesy reform in our
public forum. It's disturbing to me that the political process in our state has
become so mean spirited and personal. Candidates and supporters take
differences on issues as personal attacks and then lash out at anyone who
disagrees with them indicting their character and personally attacking them and
their family. This kind of brow beating has to stop. NOW is the time to
restore decency to the political process. Support our representatives of both
parties and disagree without being disagreeable. Now is the time to join
together to solve our problems not beat one another up over our disagreements.
We need more honorable men and women serving in public offices. Personal
attacks of any kind prevent those good people from wanting to be involved.
Please, please be the person who says, "I'll stop the madness" and let the
restoration of decency start with you.
I agree with you, Glen Ogden. We need to be able to rise above this. If we make
reasonable and rational arguments on policy issues, there's no need for personal
character attacks. It's this kind of childish bickering that is the cause of
American's distrust in politicians and the political process.
Good to see the D-news pullin for Hughes with this gleaming article. Shouldnt
they have just written an endorsement instead of this 'news' article?
It's the politicians like Greg Hughes who have made the process "mean spirited
and personal." Hughes only listens to his charter school/voucher supporters and
no one else. He has bullied and lied his way through the legislature and was
the one who killed an ethics bill last year. It's so funny that now he is
having to pay the price for such unethical, unbecoming behavior. Vote for an
ethical, smart rep - vote for Lisa Johnson. That's how the mean-spirited
political process will change. Get rid of the trash.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out!
In last Saturdays' Tribune, Paul Rolley took the high road and acknowledged that
one of the charges against Hughes was the result of one his columns. He had the
courage to state that the information in his article was not valid enough for
charges. Let's see, UEA, Phil Riesen, contribution to Lisa Johnson from the
Riesen's attorney, Lisa releasing a piece on ethics reform just as the Lawrence
letter was released.....be careful. With Johnson you have the UEA pawn.
UEA is made up of teachers who teach your kids. If you hate the UEA and the
public teachers who belong, home school. Our schools are the most overcrowded
and underfunded in the nation as it is. We won't miss your hate or your kids.
Hughes is unethical. Tying his opponent to his problems. If you meet her, you
know she is honest. Your behavior is unbecoming a member of the
legislature Mr. Hughes. Anything he says you can reverse and point
it right back at him.
It amazes me that nearly everyone in these forums accepted Hughes was guilty
before his hearing and then after he was acquitted just dismisses the system and
maintains he's still guilty.Whatever happened to the possibility of
someone being innocent? Is that no longer guilty? Hughes may not be the nicest
guy in the state (but maybe he is), but if he is innocent, he really got the raw
end of the deal and deserves some sympathy.
I am assuming from your posts that the UEA and the Jordan teachers have endorsed
Lisa Johnson. Thanks for the clarification. If our teachers are supportive of
and backing Lisa Johnson, then I will be, too. I trust their voices. I
appreciate their efforts in the election process.
Hughes is as guilty as they come, that is the reason for the slap "conduct
unbecoming of a member of the house". If our ethics laws were a little tighter
he would be out of office right now. BTW, OJ was acquitted too but it doesn't
mean he didn't do it. Voters are smart enough to understand the ruling of the
committee. Hopefully, they will take what they said and use it to vote our
"unbecoming legislator" out of the house.
What a farce. Sunlight could not even work itself into a neutral corner in this
investigation. Physicians were at least admonished to heal
thyselves......legislators, just simply shut the doors, cover the windows and
bury the truth. Appearances seem highly indicative... especially in light of the
obvious need for a letter of reprimand. This act alone speaks volumes and very
loudly of more than what the public is being told.
As one who has had many encounters with both Greg Hughes and Lisa Johnson I
believe the choice for voters is clear. Hughes'"aquittal" was simply the result
of an inability of legislators to enforce their own weak ethics rules. He is
mean spirited, arrogant, conspiratorial, and not only supported vouchers, but
lead the attacks against Utahns for Public Schools during the referendum. Lisa
on the other hand is smart, well informed, open minded,and honest. If she says
she knew nothing about the ethics charges before the public did, she knew
nothing about the charges. She is too ethical to say one thing and do another,
and besides, Hughes has made plenty of enemies with his positions and attitudes.
The list of those cheering when his bullying tactics finally came to light is
long! No sympathy here, Greg. Go, Lisa.
I think that a couple of the charges made against Hughes are illegal, meaning
they are aginst the law, even if they are not against the legislature's ethic
rules. These issues should be pursued by an independant prosecuter. I am sure it won't happen, but it should.
We can do better than Hughes. He can't even admit any wrong doing. Time to vote him out!
To UEA Utah County: you probably do not realize that the UEA has two faces, the
warm fuzzy "teacher of you child" face, that you are talking about, and the
manipulative, no holds barred, backroom-politics, union face, that even the
members of UEA rarely see, because the UEA powers in the backroom deliberately
hide it from their own members.If the mask were pulled off of the
backroom UEA, so that all could see what they really do, many of its own members
would revolt.The backroom UEA therefore has to prevent those who
would expose them from exposing them, or they will lose their personal power.That is why the backroom UEA is now systematically targeting legislators
who do not agree with the backroom UEA agenda. That hardly sounds
like the warm fuzzy, teacher in the classroom picture that you are painting.I love my kids' teachers. I even love most of the rank and file members
of the UEA.The problem is that they are being duped by their own
leadership who demand absolute fidelity to their agenda.Wake up UEA.
Take back your organization from the backroom union politicians who have
hijacked your association.
Commoner: You have no idea what you're talking about. I've been in the UEA
meetings and there is no "absolute fidelity." The only agenda is to ensure
teachers are paid professional wages (we do hold bachelors and masters degrees)
and given time for professional development and that ALL children (not just
charter school kids) are given access to the best education possible. That
usually means trying to get Utah out of dead-last funding place in America.
It's amazing what other suburbs across America offer their kids with enough
money for great programs that individualize education for kids. If you are so
paranoid that you think UEA has some hidden agenda that is against kids and
teachers, please home school. Like I said, you won't be missed at all. In
fact, move to Hildale - they're paranoid, too. The only person being duped is a
paranoid person like you. With your hatred of the teacher's organization,
you're lucky people are willing to teach your kids.
Greg is not perfect and he is the first to admit that. However, he is not a
hoodlum or a liar.Draper can not do better with the Democrat running
against him with her blinders on. She does not even know what potential the
school trust lands have. She is totally clueless that the Federal Government is
out to get that money. The accusations being made here are unfounded
and onerous. Greg knows what the Federal Government is doing to take
away the use of our School Trust Lands. He is working hard to make sure that
they do not take those valuable lands away from us or cut off our access to
We've yet to hear Hughes say he did not threaten his opponents or to show any
remorse for his unbecoming conduct both on and off the hill. He is still
arrogant and proud of his behavior. He is a liar - he knew about these
allegations a long time ago and didn't let the public know. He was hoping they
would never see the light of day. Thank you, Mr. Riesen, for letting the public
know what Hughes has known about for a long time. Hughes doesn't know more
about education issues than his opponent. He should spend his time getting an
education instead of pretending to be an expert on it. Lisa has always been on
the side of public education and is much smarter than Hughes will ever hope to
be. The accusations are not unfounded; thanks to Hughes voting against it,
there are no ethics standards by which to hold him accountable.
What do you mean Hughes was completely innocent? He received a
letter of reprimand! That is the worst condemnation to a legislator in how many
years? Give us a break and vote him out.
To UEA Utah County: Thank you for making my point so effectively.I
disagree with your portrayal of the UEA, and rather than disagree with me
civilly, on the merits, you militantly attack me personally, calling me
paranoid. I'm not paranoid, by the way, I have seen the UEA's
political tactics firsthand. They ARE ruthless.You also totally
mistate what I said. I never said that there was a "hidden agenda," I said that
they hide their tactics. I also never said that the UEA's agenda is "against
kids and teachers."Your misrepresentation of my position is a
typical UEA tactic. I disagree, you smear. I just can't tell whether it is
deliberate or as a result of your inability to comprehend the written word. Either way it is not a good indication of your ability to teach
impressionable young minds because you are either a fool or a liar.Through it all your bitterness shines through.I feel sorry for the
students who have you as a teacher, because no doubt your cynicism and
bitterness comes through in the class room and will likely scar them for life.
Perhaps its time to change careers if you're not having fun.
The vote on the bribery charge was 4-4.... that doesn't exactly sound like
Hughes was exonerated. I think it simply shows that we need an independent
ethics committee to review these issues. A 4-4 vote on bribery charges means we
have gridlock and partisan politics. It doesn't mean that Greg Hughes didn't
try to bribe rep. Lawrence it means that his cronies stood by his side. Greg
it's time to go back to the private sector and let a true public servant step
You did use the word "agenda." (see your 4th paragraph). I use the word
"paranoid" to describe your position that there is a "backroom UEA agenda."
(your words- see paragraph 1-3) and "absolute fidelity" (again, your words). I
am not bitter at all; I just told you, if you hate teachers and their
organization, leave the public schools. No one will miss you. You're the one
who is bitter. Perhaps you should enroll in a teacher ed program so you can
have the most noble career like I do. At the very least, enroll in a reading
comprehension course. You need one.