Sunday, May 26, 2013

John Swallow Political Corruption Update

Utah A.G.'s Office employees report "Morale Issues;" and Utah GOP House Rep. Paul Ray becomes a "Chorus of [Exactly] One"
I really never thought it could possibly get this bad. Morale is the lowest I’ve ever seen it.
Un-named Utah A.G. Office employee, Salt Lake Tribune
Utah attorney general’s office: high work, low morale
May 25, 2013
It’s to the point he needs to step down. He needs to resign. I think the evidence is overwhelming from the stories we’ve seen and similar stories from different individuals. He’s pretty much put the state in the position where we’re frozen in the attorney general’s office.
Rep. Paul Ray, Salt Lake Tribune
A first: GOP lawmaker calls for Utah A.G. John Swallow to resign
May 24, 2013

A couple of Salt Lake Tribune news items as a rising tide of unabated investigations and criminal/ethical accusations which continue to engulf beleagured Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

1) There's been considerable speculation of how Attorney General Swallow's legal difficulties are affecting  the day-to-day operations of  "Utah’s top law enforcement agency." In an exhibition of great journalistic timing, yesterday's  Marissa Lang story, portraying an atmosphere of "embarrassment, fear and frustration," which "have taken their toll on the morale of the office’s rank and file," to the extent that some dedicated career A.G. Office employees can barely bring themselves to "get up and go to work and feel good about it," now sheds some much-needed light on that hanging question, of course:
Sadly, "Some believe the agency’s image has been irreparably harmed. For the first time in their careers, they’re ashamed to say they work at the attorney general’s office," Ms. Lang adds.

Rep. Paul Ray (R)
2) And we'd wondered, we confess, when (if ever) the "good people" within the Utah GOP "leadership apparatus" (we presume that there at least a few) would finally speak up. Well... they still aren't exactly falling out of the woodwork, but encouragingly, we think, Trib columnist heavyweight Rober Gehrke appears to have tracked down, after considerable gumshoe-style sleuthing we'll suppose, at least one specimen of this rare breed of political animal, at least:
A Weber County Forum Tip O' the Hat to Representative Paul Ray (R) Clearfield for saying what needed to be said.  So where do the rest of Rep. Ray's GOP compadres stand on this pressing issue, we ask?

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