The best thing would be to appoint a good, decent candidate, with absolutely no
connection to Swallow, the payday loan lobbyists, the typical Utah
get-rich-schemers, and the real estate/construction cabal that afflicts Utah
politics. Just for a change of pace. Let's see if the Utah establishment
can contain themselves for one election cycle.
the Guv better start looking out of state for a new AG... these clowns putting
themselves in the running are no better than the Shurtleff/Swallow gang... at
least find someone who doesn't come from your local ward, Guv!
But Homer, in Utah's Republican corral, it's gonna be impossible to
find one who meets your standards.
To keep any semblance of calm, and to prevent this from turning even more into a
gong show, Ward should not even be considered.
Wonder why I feel I am reading Ether again. The perks of influence peddling must
be very attractive. Why is this an elective office?
It is a little disconcerting that Mr. Swallow has said all along that he is
innocent. That puts a cloud over these other men who are seeking the AG's
office. They all say they are full of integrity and honesty and politically,
there is not that kind of person without excess baggage lurking in the
background. Mark Shurtleff, the political AG of days past has similar baggage
that will take one or 2 cycles of elections to improve the image of that very
political law enforcement officer. Every elected sheriff has now that cloud
over them as the chief law enforcement person in the counties, thanks to Mr.
Swallow and even former Lieutenant governors.
The AG is the governor's legal council, let him appoint whomever he wants.
Electing this office is a case of form over necessity. Elections have not
prevented electing those who have a questionable past.
I'm not sure how anyone who has even a basic knowledge of how the legal
system works would think that the Federal prosecutor going after Jeremy Johnson
and iworks would somehow be in the Swallow camp. I think both Johnson and
Swallow have wished for months that Brent Ward would go away. Seems to me that
the guy who was key in exposing some of the problems in that office (Ward) would
be a good pick to help clean it up.
This article takes “guilt by association” to a new level. If you
consider the title itself there is the implication that Ward is somehow
“in league” with Swallow’s accusers, namely Jeremy Johnson and
Co. Ward is actually the PROSECUTOR that is trying to bring JUSTICE for the
thousands of people harmed by Jeremy Johnson’s schemes. Heaven help us if
we are so indiscriminating that we cannot tell the difference between conspiring
associations and adversarial associations. Ward has been seeking to PUT DOWN
the corrupting influences—and you can make a good argument that it was his
Johnson investigation that led to the discovery of potential wrongdoing in the
AG office. The suggestion that he is somehow a crony steeped in party politics
is an amusing. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.I find it fascinating that some of those commenting seem to be experts on the
character and qualities of Ward. I personally know him and have found him to be
a person of great ability and impeccable integrity. The State would be a better
place with him at the helm of the AG office.
It may be the nominating committee's function to try to get a Republican
elected, but it's the Governor's right to appoint and I believe he
should appoint someone who will commit to not running for the office.The people of Utah and the AG's office have had to go without a
functioning AG for long enough. It would be in the best interest of both the
State and the AG's office to have an AG focused only on providing
leadership and direction to the office, not on getting elected.
@ Voice of Reason 1I have an open mind about Mr. Ward and am willing
to listen to why he believes he would make a good AG.I am concerned
that he was willing to let Swallow "use my name" when he admits he
didn't know Swallow and also by the fact he said he would do the same for
any Republican candidate. That's certainly not a level of vetting I would
use (and I'm a Republican)and would expect someone in a position of
authority to be much more careful with how they allow their name to be used.
@ let's rollYou make a good point. I don't know, but I
would bet that it was clear Swallow would be the Republican AG candidate at that
time. Most Republicans with influence (and I don't think many would say
that Ward has broad sweeping influence in the party), would get behind the
Republican candidate.To the matter of this Deus Ex Machina narrative
and the proposed interim Savior AG devoid of any other ambitions. What happens
when the interim AG does a fantastic job (as I believe Ward would) and people
really like the difference that is being made. Come election time, I would
prefer the guy who's made a demonstrable difference to whatever phonies
enter the primary and put us right back where we started. Long term, perhaps
the best thing for the office is to make it an appointed position just like the
US AG as I believe this office demands specific skills and experience perhaps
more than many elected positions.I think it admirable that Ward has
laid out very specific terms regarding his campaign approach including very
strict donation limits and real transparency (as opposed to the Obama variety).
As much as we normal citizens of Utah would like the appointee to clean up the
mess in the AGs office, the reality is that this Central Committee is made up
entirely of a bunch of politicians. Worse, they are all Republican politicians.
Anyone who paid attention to the redistricting fiasco will know that these guys
don't care about the future of our state, all they care about is staying in
power. They will undoubtedly select a person who they think will be able to
hold the office in November, that is their only priority. And that
is why this office should be appointed by the governor, who arguably has more of
an interest in getting a competent lawyer into this position.
casual observerSalt Lake City, UTThe AG is the governor's legal
council, let him appoint whomever he wants. Message right on. The
Governor could then be held responsible.
As a native Utahn currently living outside of the state, the Deseret News is my
go-to source for keeping up with what is happening in Utah. Upon reading this
article, I was very disappointed that you would publish it under such a
misleading headline. It implies that Brent Ward is somehow tied to Swallow.
However, the only "tie" Ward, and I know him personally, has to this
whole mess is that he has been doing all in his power to bring Jeremy Johnson to
justice for his corrupt and dishonest schemes. One of Ward's
most definitive characteristics is his unwavering integrity. Throughout his
career he has tenaciously stood up for what is right, good, and lawful. He
exhibits the exact qualities Utahns should be looking for in their next Attorney
@Voice of Reason 1Thanks for your thoughtful response. I understand
there may be some desire for, and benefit from, continuity with the interim and
next elected AG. However, in this circumstance where there are no doubt
critical needs to put the AG's office back on track, I believe the better
course for the Governor is to appoint someone who will agree to have as their
sole focus that single task and not be distracted by the additional task of
running for office.If Ward is appointed and does a good job, I would
expect him to be satisfied with the gratitude of a grateful State for his public
service. If that's not sufficient, he should wait and run in the
election.I'm not of the opinion that there is only one person
who could do an admirable job. I think the interim job should be filled with
someone who will view it as an interim position with a single focus and as a
public service to the State (for which they will be well compensated).
I always suspected that the accusations against Swallow were purely politically
motivated, starting with the fact that they first emerged during the election
campaign. this confirms it.
It was reassuring to read Homer1 @ hermounts posts. It is actually quite
scary,To see the real estate/construction cabal throw their weight around.
Tens of thousandsIf not more are experiencing underwater mortgages &
the cabal stillPush for favorable legislation @ leave these people to
possibleBankruptcy. We need an attorney general to serve the workers not
Let it go Hermounts. Political or not, these accusations have some real legs
including the report from the Lt. Gov. who has clear evidence for the
accusations they detail and very clear recommendations for the courts to follow.
Swallow continues to say there is no way he can prove his innocence, which is
oddly true, since he would be clearly guilty of several violations of real
actual laws if he had let due process continue. Hence, he wouldn't be able
to prove his innocence. That is some masterful doublespeak.I am
grateful our political system was able to slowly excise this corruption from our
system, despite it's tendency towards maintaining the same old power
structures. Let's count this open office as an opportunity for our state.