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Outgoing Utah Attorney General John Swallow is one of those politicians who attract investigations in swarms.
There was the federal investigation, which fizzled. There’s the probe going on in the Utah House of Representatives. A couple of district attorneys in Utah are digging around, too. And then there’s the investigation conducted on behalf of Utah’s lieutenant governor’s office, which culminated in a report released last week.
The report found probable cause that Swallow committed multiple violations of state law by failing to disclose ties to several business entities. It could have led to Swallow being removed from office, had he not announced his resignation the day before it was released. And it goes in the win column for Alliance for a Better Utah, the small advocacy group that in March filed the initial complaint about Swallow with the lieutenant governor’s office.
Across the country, there are groups — advocacy groups, watchdog groups, ethics groups, political groups — that file complaints about officials, office holders, and government agencies. Often nothing happens. The Swallow saga in Utah is a rare example of a complaint making good. And while Swallow has insisted that his decision to resign was not influenced by the report from the lieutenant governor’s office, his opponents think otherwise.
“I have no doubt that Swallow knew [what the report would find],” Maryann Martindale, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, told TPM in an interview this week. “Because the timing of that is not just suspect, it’s just not possible for him to have done that. When only a few months prior he said, ‘I will never resign, I’ve never done anything wrong.’ … He was planning on sticking this out, I really think he thought he was going to skate by.”
Something to be thankful for.
Of course, Republicans also called for AG Swallow to resign. For example, blogger Holly Richardson has been on this theme all year.
Alliance for a Better Utah
Gary Herbert gets his way, one way or the other. 🙁
If you can’t pass a bill, appointed a shill.
I just hate it when my beloved state is used as a model for corruption.
Transparency is non-existent in my home state. Whether it’s your voting system or your right to know what’s happening in the legislature, it’s no longer your right to know. And it hasn’t been for a long, long time.
Just pledge allegiance and shut up!
Finally, I understand why there are woman who vote Republican.
While most women might find it distressing that legislation has popped up across various states that would restrict affordable birth control and enforce invasive ultrasounds before going through with an abortion, these women find them to be refreshing.
Even for a liberal, it’s hard not to fall in love with new Utah state rep, Holly Richardson.* She has a killer smile. She’s a political activist, Orrin Hatch hater, blogger, mid-wife and she’s adopted a gaggle of foster kids as diverse as the United Nations. Simply put, Holly Mama ROCKS!
What’s not to love?
In the normal course of flirting with Holly on Facebook, I implied possibly having given a sleeping bag to one of her kids down at Occupy Salt Lake City. Well didn’t I get slapped right back with a feistiness that would make Coulter/Bachmann/Palin proud. It still gives me tingles:
“Nah, my kids actually have a work ethic and don’t believe they are entitled to a job, to a college education or that pooping on people’s porches is appropriate behavior.”
I LOVE THAT! But Holly, Holly Help me Here! Didn’t we as a nation decide our kids should be entitled to a college education AND a job? Can we not promise that?
Because the alternative IS “pooping on peoples’ porches.”
In my heart of hearts I think Holly surprised even herself and on her excellent blog, cleverly disguised her apology in a nod to the 4th Amendment.
…the casual use of pepper spray for students who posed no physical threat to police is frankly an embarrassment and an affront to our nation’s belief in free speech. I don’t agree with the Occupy protestors – but […here comes the apology], I support their right to express their point of view.
Personal Note to Holly Richardson: (all others may stop reading now):
Holly, Everyone is saying you used the UC Davis pepper spray incident as an opportunity to associate yourself with the big banks, Freedom Works and the Koch brothers at the expense of the Patriotic Pepper-sprayed, Porch-Poopers.
Tell me it ain’t so.
Think for a moment Holly: Conservatives have been on the wrong side of every major, popular movement in world history until they supported them, INCLUDING the American revolution. Do YOU want to be on the wrong side of history? Life is long.
I remind m’ Lady, the Tories may have secretly liked the idea of independence, but they were scared wig-less about the messy way it was going down. And they got mean about it too. You should’ve heard what they said about the Boston tea partiers (the real ones). You’d have had to cover your ears. No, Hopeful Holly, the Conservatives of those times made life hell for George Washington and the porch-pooping “patriots” who decided to occupy their colonies.
In your defense, people say ya’ll Conservatives are afraid of change. That is absurd.** Ya’ll seem to LOVE change — just decades later. American Conservatives are really just afraid of the specter of mobs.
I have good news, the OWS “porch poopers” are doctors, engineers, students, Land Rover-driving soccer Moms, librarians and Minsters and we love you! We are you.
Holly, they say you’ve capitulated to the GOP instinct that says ring shout. Tell me it ain’t so.
Be on the right side of history. Holly, Hear me Holler! The Occupy Movement is ALREADY on the right side of history. Things happen a lot faster today than they did when that smelly Paul Revere-hippie went bell-tower spamming on horseback.
Join us Holly! Tell that Obama bastardo to call off the DHS! I promise you’ll get just as much mileage and spare having to explain yourself to your kids someday in the future when they are able to think for themselves.
*Note: In January of this year, Holly Richardson was selected/elected/appointed to the Utah State House of Representatives to replace Craig Frank, District 57.
**Note: Every conservative I know loves light-rail and rock concerts at Red Butte once they try them
Editors Note: Personally, I think Mika Brzenzki’s response to this terribly unfortunate rhetoric reflects the kind of graceful passion I like in my ladies.
I just saw an article on KSL that her three year old daughter died in her sleep.
Deepest condolences to Holly and her family.
I disagree with her on almost every issue but Holly Richardson, the new District 57 Rep, is a person of integrity. She means what she says and she says what she means. Sure, she’s to the right of Otto Von Bismarck. She’s also honest, hardworking and she’s going to do her level best to represent her constituents and advocate passionately for their interests.
Good job. You go girl!