Why does this office have to be a partisan issue?
Swallow has proven his is a thoughtful, articulate, and reliable conservative,
with proven experience as a legislator and teh AG office. He is a true
Utahn.Reyes has a great story, but his background growing up in
California and attending UC Berkeley and as a corporate attorney are NOT
background and values that I want in the Utah AG office. If he were running in
California, I would support him there, but not here in Utah.
@DN Subscriber:True Utahn? Swallow grew up in Nevada, since that's
closer to Utah than California does that qualify him as a true Utahn. Reyes is a
corporate attorney and Swallow worked as a Lobbyist...I'm confused...which
background and values would you not want in the Utah AG Office? So are you
against capitalism as well given that Reyes works for a corporation? Here in
Utah, most folks tend to value skills obtained working in the private sector and
we frown upon lobbyists.
Nasty lawyers? Say it isn't so!
I've had the opportunity to listen to both candidates speak at several open
houses held by the Republican party. After spending several hours listening to
each explain their positions on pertinent matters, I am most impressed with Mr.
Swallow. He has put a good amount of thought into his proposed actions and
seems to be guided by conservative principles. He is extremely well versed on
the federal land issue as well as Obamacare. Mr. Reyes is also a
thoughtful candidate, but doesn't quite seem ready for a statewide office.
His answers to voter questions were rushed and not well developed. He lacks some
experience that seems to be gained by those who serve in public office (any
public office). Perhaps that experience will come with time for Mr. Reyes. It
would be great to see him square off against Sim Gill in the Salt Lake DA race
in 2014. Furthermore, endorsements for Mr. Reyes from the SL Tribune
and Bob Bennett don't serve a candidate well in a Republican primary
election. Best of luck to Mr. Swallow in the primary next Tuesday.
The Stache stated that Reyes "lacks some experience that seems to be gained
by those who serve in public office (any public office)." The attorney
general should be a lot less politician that leader of the state's legal
team. Swallow's experience, if checked, is very limited other than buddy
time with Shurtleff at the AG's office. Reyes seems to have plenty of
experience as an attorney.
Who ever turns out to be the AG, if they pursue unconstitutional "
message" bills, they should be disbarred.
There is "ONE" thing I don't like about any of these elections and
the way they are run today. There is way too much media dialogue, coverage,
differing viewpoints, and in general it's a feast money wise for the media
and they are not running for any office but play way to much in brain washing to
citizens as to their choices by their management and what they want! Much
shorter campaign lenghts and less media involvment is severely needed now and in
the future!Let people decide more and not be swayed by print and broacast media!
The Attorney General office in Utah is more than a litigation office and that
appears to be Sean Reyes whole plan. There are a lot of other aspects to the
office and some are political and not just legal law issues. The current AG has
put some political flavor into some of his aspects but he has been a political
person during his life. With the many attorneys in that office in Utah, there
is a wide breadth of knowledge and experience. Working as a corporate attorney
doesn't necessarily bring what we need in Utah. Mr. Reyes says that Mr.
Swallow worked as a lobbyist and that should disqualify him. Working as a
corporate attorney is actually more of a problem. Lobbyists at least have to
register and have rules and regulations to go by for their actions and behavior.
Corporate attorneys are paid by their clients to keep their messages silent and
not obvious. Mr. Swallow has run for statewide offices for Congress and has
experience in the AG's office. Some attorneys there like him and some
don't, I am sure, as he is the boss for some. Attorneys are professional
and not all political.
Neither one of them is all that great. Swallow's background in representing
pay day lenders, is not an impressive lawyer creditial, particulary when its
only one politician hiring another. Further, the notion that the State can
successfully sue to obtain title to federal lands is utter political nonsense
and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Reyes isn't a lot better. With all the
excellent republican lawyers in this state, we deserve better.
John Swallow is the new Merrill Cook.
Swallow is a perpetual candidate, with his eye to the mirror.As for
his claim to being a conservative because he voted for "school choice"
(vouchers), it shows he is not a thinking conservative, because vouchers is
another government subsidy that would bring private schools under control of the
government, eventually eliminating "choice!"
I've watched and listened to debates between these two, with no prior bias
either toward or against either of them. I've tried to remain as objective
as possible.While Swallow seems like a nice guy with good intentions, I
came away more impressed with Reyes. He is definitely more articulate in how he
communicates, and seems to have better debating skills... things very valuable
in any type of attorney service, particularly as a state attorney general. Both have good office objectives in wanting to limit federal influence in our
state. But I was particularly impressed with Reyes emphasis on wanting to ensure
stronger parental rights in families. As we all know, the family unit is
currently under attack in national politics. And as most of us know, the family
unit is the foundation of society and having strong families will be key to our
future success as a society. Bottom line... while having nothing against
Mr. Swallow (he would probably do a good job), I sincerely believe Mr. Reyes
will do a better job as our state attorney general and will be getting my vote.
Contention seems to define today's Republican party.
This is just more of the sleazy dealings we've come to expect from too many
GOP candidates in Utah.
I noticed Senator Lee standing behind Mr. Swallow during a political commercial.
So is the Tea Party going to hijack this race too? I'm beginning to fight
back against the Tea Party with my votes even tho I'm a conservative. So,
yes, Midwest Mom, there is alot of contention.
Senetor Lee supports Swallow. That is enough for me to vote against Swallow. Lee
is not the most ethical person. We've seen that in his home buying
decisions which now is a short sale. Lee also has the support of the Tea Party.
A vote for anyone connected with the Tea Party is a vote to hurt Utah.
Swallow's ad has two huge mistakes. Considering who he's appealing to,
it doesn't matter that he is so wrong. The ad says he'll take back
Utah land, something the State has never owned. It's owned by every
American and should continue to be the property of every American.The
second mistake is that he says he'll protect the constitution. How is the
AG of Utah going to have any affect at all on the constitution? To begin with,
it is protected by itself. Secondly, if anything, it's Swallow's party
that wants to take away constitutional rights, not protect them.
Reyes, too, considers himself a conservative Republican and said those
principles will guide his approach to issues. But "largely the function of
the attorney is nonpartisan in defending families and defending people's
rights and liberties."I know who I am voting for! Reyes all the
"His campaign has focused on Utah's fight to take control of federal
lands in the state and overturning the Affordable Care Act."Oh
look another reason not to vote for Swallow. The land grab is a joke and is
going to waste millions of dollars of tax payer money.
Swallow has the support of Mike Lee. Anybody or Anything Mike Lee supports is a
great reason to vote against. Mike Lee is a disaster.
I've personally met both candidates and honestly was not impressed with
Reyes. Every time I've been in the room with Reyes he has slandered
Swallow's name. On the other hand, I've been very impressed with
Swallow talking about the issues and his vision for the office, he's stayed
very positive in this race. I trust John Swallow.
I listened to the debate with more than casual interest this morning. As the
Libertarian candidate for Attorney General, most people do not give me a chance
of having much effect on the race. I wonder what personal attacks will be made
on me if I do appear as a threat to the "establishment" candidates.
Nevertheless, I think it is important to give voters a real choice. I was
disappointed, but not surprised, that neither candidate questioned the "war
on drugs" that is destroying the Fourth Amendment and turning a whole
generation of young people into criminals. If Mr. Reyes really wants to head
the "people's law firm", he will agree to rethink policies which
fill our jails with those who do nothing but offend the sensibilities of those
in charge. Vote Libertarian..
Swallow has made claims that sound like he was responsible for the court action
against OBAMA care that reached the supreme court. Other attorney's in the
AG office and the legislature were responsible for writing the bill that
"ALLOWED" Utah to have standing. Swallow did not debate before the
courts.Mark Shurtleff has selected Swallow as his replacement. His
endorsement, considering his remark in the GOP convention that Mai Love was A
NOVELTY indicates that his endorsements are short sighted. Mile Lee's
endorsement also is suspect when you consider his unwillingness to work to get
things done in the US Senate. Other than being a fly in the ointment I have not
seen much from him, other than sponsoring a bill directed at Washington DC
regulations, not Utah.Reyes has experience and is a good
administrator and Lawyer. His degree from UCLA was due to financial decisions
because he could get instate tuition there. His family background makes him
very aware of the need to maintain, protect and defend constitutional issues.
His father fled from a dictatorship before coming to the USA.Sean is
running because many of his peers encouraged him,rather than political ambition
TNhanks to the Deseret News for putting the ability to Like certain comments. I
happen to also like scrolling through the comments to see which ones are liked
the most.Without making a spreadsheet it appears that Mr. Reyes has
the most.I think Mr. Swallow's position of "taking
back" Federal Lands has hurt him, at least with some I have talked with
despite the opinion of several other attorneys that it is unconstitutional. I
know that in my out-of-state business that the idea doesn't do Utah any
good.I would like to see a spreadsheet of the income to be gained,
what it would be used for, the costs of administrating those lands, who they
might be sold to and for what uses and problems such as surveys, right-of-ways
and getting water to and for some of the more isolated parcels.When
you have all of the cost, benefits & other factors where you can present
them, then would be the time to argue the merits of such a proposal.Don't get me wrong, I am in favor of multiple-use management but you
can't have all uses on every acre!
I don't care for either one. And Shurtleff is not a moderate, best laugh I
have had today.
@ dwayne: If you have an attorney who doesn't have good debating skills
against another attorney in front of a judge or jury in trying to sell your
cause, you are at a huge disadvantage, regardless of how great a mind he has.
That "great mind" attorney you mention had darn well better be
able to explain his mental reasoning in front of others... often necessary via
debating in a court room situation. You are a naive idealist to think or say
that debating skill aren't important for attorneys. It's not the only
thing he needs by any measure, but still an important skill nonetheless. And
you better believe that our elected attorney general will need to be selling the
causes that Utah cares about. Common sense should make that clear to you or
I look at this as an illegal immigration issue. Swallow's main
problem is the endorsement of Mark Shurtluff. He should have paid attention to
what Shurtluff's endorsement did for Carl Wimmer at the convention. On the
other side Swallow brings up the illegal immigration issue at meeetngs and
states that he will be different than Shurtluff and will uphold the laws. He
also makes a strong statement of support of immigration laws on his website. Reyes is probably the best lawyer, but being a lawyer is not even
required to be elected attorney general. Reyes is a little more of a slick
lawyer than Swallow. Reyes says the right things when someone brings up the
illegal immigration issue at town halls, but doesn't bring it up himself.
Illegal immigration is not mentioned as an issue on his webiste. His main
problem for me is his close association with the illegal alien advocate groups,
often doing pro-bono for themIn any case either one of these should
be a much better AG than Mark Shurtluff.
The negative ads against Reyes are just plain sleazy. Accusing him of road rage
and slipping a $5,000.00 bribe under the table. I plan on voting for Reyes.
Vote for Andrew McCullough, Libertarian candidate, Attorney General!