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Senator Hatch Vows to Bring Banksters to Justice!

Via Think Progress. Who knew? Senator Orrin Hatch is “going after” the evil bankers who stole our money. Or he will, sometime after the Republicans have 60 votes in the U.S. Senate. “If we had 60 votes, we could change a lot of things,” he said.

QUESTIONER: Clearly the bankers lied to this end, to get tens of billions of dollars in federal money and then celebrated their fraud by giving large bonuses to themselves. They are literally bank robbers. My question to you is, why are you not calling for their arrest […] and to have them tried and put in jail because of their fraud?

HATCH: Well, I will be calling for it, if we can prove criminal action. I think there are some people who are committing criminal action, no doubt about it. Look I’m not happy with this Wall Street bill […] it’s just another way of controlling our lives. Do you wanna know what’s good about it? Nothing. Wanna know what’s bad about it? Everything. […]

QUESTIONER: Senator, I have a follow-up question. I don’t think you get it, sir. We’re angry at the bankers, I don’t want to hear all this about the government, and the difficulty. It’s the criminal activity of the bankers that is destroying our economy, and the world economy, and if you could just stand up to them? […]

HATCH: […] If they commit crimes, they oughta go to jail. We are going after that. I’m a member of the Judiciary Committee, I am going after them!

That’s the kind of strong personal commitment to justice that we all want to see in our elected representatives. Go get ’em!

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Utah Senate Majority Leader Arrested for Suspected DUI

KillpackKUTV channel 2 is reporting:

One of the state’s leading lawmakers was arrested Thursday night for driving under the influence.

Sheldon Killpack is the republican majority leader in the state senate. He was arrested near 3300 South 700 East just after midnight Thursday. [snip]

Senate President Michael Waddoups and Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack issued the following public statements:

Statement: Senate President Michael Waddoups:

“Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack was arrested late Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence. Senator Killpack was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail and later released. The Utah Highway Patrol is working with the appropriate authorities on what is now a legal matter.

“This is a difficult time for Senator Killpack and his family. He has requested privacy as he addresses the situation with those closest to him. When he and I spoke this morning he indicated he is accountable for his actions and I respect him for that. Senator Killpack has served this state, and the Senate, with distinction and he remains in our hearts and prayers.”

Statement: Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack:

“I am deeply sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me — my colleagues in the senate, my constituents and, most importantly, my family. I am a firm believer in responsibility and personal accountability, and am prepared to accept all personal, legal and political consequences for my actions.”

Coming just weeks before the start of the 2010 legislative session, we can only wonder what impact this might have. I would think it likely Killpack will step down from his leadership position if not resign entirely from the senate. And certainly it might make even more difficult the efforts to make more liquor licenses available to Utah bars and restaurants. Not that it should, but the strongly Mormon legislature is fairly ignorant about alcohol use and abuse and could use this event to stymie those efforts.

I won’t even speculate on the report that there was a male passenger in the car.

ht to KVNU FTP Tyler Riggs

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BREAKING: AG Shurtleff Inadvertently Announces Candidacy on Twitter

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff inadvertently confirmed on Twitter this afternoon that he’s running against Senator Bob Bennett in 2010.

Apparently thinking that he was sending a private text message, Shurtleff posted that he would be making an official announcement soon, and that he could raise significant amounts of money in Utah, California, New York, Arizona and Texas.

He added, “time to rock and roll!”

The postings were later removed, but here’s a screen capture of what his page looked like before.



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