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Lockhart replaces Swallow committee head to avoid conflict

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  • Ironman SANTA CLARA, UT
    July 25, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    I wonder how many thousands of dollars this will cost Utah taxpayers....

  • Cherilyn Eagar Holladay, UT
    July 25, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    Who wouldn't want this contract? Especially when the state legislature rejected an amendment to require a periodic billable hours report.

    Whoever gets this contract will get $3 million of our taxes and won't need to be accountable to how that money is spent.

    So typical of government contracts across the board. But, the taxpayers that were polled wanted it. They'll now "get it." On their next tax bill.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2013 5:38 p.m.

    Hey Swallow.....You're guilty and we the people of Utah know it! Do us all a favor and retire to your ill gotten free Condo down south so we don't have to see your face plastered all over the newspaper everyday reminding us of Utah equivalent of Anthony Weiner!

  • JDL Magna, UT
    July 25, 2013 7:18 p.m.

    Truth, really?

    Your moniker is full of irony and betrays you.

    I have no clue if Mr Swallow is guilty and I will guess that most people in the state of Utah don't know either. If you want to say he's guilty, fine but leave me and many more like me out of your conclusion.

    To suggest that Mr Swallow is equal to Mr. Weiner is ridiculous.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 25, 2013 10:11 p.m.

    The scope to his time as chief deputy attorney general, a candidate for attorney general and as attorney general is the minimum scope related to his position. He acted for the Attorney General as the Chief Deputy at times.

    If the attorney firms from Chicago and Washington, D.C. get involved the Utah political schemes will become the red herring for those firms to pry open a further blot on Utah.

    Contracts are papers prepared by Attorneys for Attorneys and there are specific legal requirements in contracting that can be arbitrated. That opens up a lot of leeway for those firms to make a heyday on the public's bill.

    Legislators are good people but are not experts on everything as the high number of attorneys elected to national office as Representatives and Senators.

    Mr. Snow is high caliber but he should have come forward with his background in the various cases before being appointed.

    This process is not necessarily making us any less blighted due to Mr. Swallow. It keeps on going and going. The muckrakers of the 1840 time-frame are still alive and doing well in the press.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 25, 2013 10:50 p.m.

    Just step down already!

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 12:56 a.m.

    I trust Rep. Lowry Snow. I also have faith in the new member of the committee and the new chair. Good committee.

  • gotold Ivins, UT
    July 26, 2013 6:07 a.m.

    The replacement of Rep.Snow was an easy call that shouldn't have happened in the first place. He should have come forward earlier with his obvious conflicts and declined the appointment. This may not sound fair but Mr. Swallow, legally guilty or not, is so forever tainted by all his problems that he should resign now. His resignation would save the save the taxpayers a ton of money and save our state from any more embarrassment.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 26, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    By replacing him, Becky has already shown an ability, that Swallow lacks...
    discerning the difference between what is technically legal, and what is ethically and morally abhorrent behavior.

  • cns St George, Utah
    July 26, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    The citizens and taxpayers of Utah may get to enjoy the circus twice. Any impeachment procedure by the House will be an investigation as to whether Swallow should be tried by the Senate. So this special committee will be conducting an investigation into whether there should be an investigation

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 26, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    The citizens of Utah voted for this man when many on the AG staff were not in support of John Swallows procedures and techniques as the Chief Deputy. Sean Reyes was not a known entity but had a solid background and ability. Citizens voted for a man whose main campaign phrase was that he knew people and the system as a politician and an attorney as the Chief appointed Deputy Attorney General of the State of Utah.

    The citizens bought into this man's political guise from his experiences earlier in his career. The citizens deserve a person they can trust.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    July 26, 2013 11:13 p.m.

    Swallow should resign to protect the integrity of the AGs office. How can you prosecute criminals when you are the focus of a criminal investigation.