Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Do You Believe John Swallow?

Investigators say they’ve never seen anything like the amount of data that’s gone missing from Attorney General John Swallow’s office. Our Democratic insiders and readers say they smell a cover up, while Republicans aren’t so sure. 


Selected anonymous comments:

“Serving with John in the legislature, I learned one thing, never, ever, trust him. He serves himself and his ego. He is anything but honest, totally lacks integrity.”

“People who truly have nothing to cover up don’t act the way Swallow is currently acting.”

“As an I.T. Professional of over twenty years, specializing in engineering server infrastructure, including email servers and backups, I cannot be more emphatic about this: these things don’t ‘just happen.’ The whole thing is fishier than a Charlie the Tuna family reunion. While I suppose there might be a legitimate excuse for this, I’m calling ‘horse puckey’ on the explanation they’ve offered and can no longer continue to give him the benefit of the doubt.”

“He’s John Swallow, for Pete’s sake!”

“Nixon claimed he was telling the truth. Clinton claimed he was telling the truth. The fact is just because our laws aren’t clear on punishment and the actions are not considered a crime doesn’t give an elected official the right to claim innocence.”

“Swallow is correct. He has turned over 11,000 documents and has cooperated through out. Why the continued attacks other than politics, posturing and politics.”

“Zero credibility.”

“If this were something any Democratic office holder had done, Swallow would be right along with the public in suspecting bad faith. He seems unshakable in his intent to play the victim card and ride these investigations out in hopes that ‘not technically illegal’ will be the legacy he leaves to his children.”

“No one’s record keeping is this messed up. It has to be on purpose.”

“Electronic files do not just go ‘missing.’ Especially in a State Government situation. Something nefarious happened.”

“The likelihood of this being a coincidence is near zero.”

“For those of you who believe that Swallow is telling the truth, I’ve got a bridge that I’m willing to sell you at a great price!”

“Swallow has made Utah a joke and has significantly eroded public confidence in a state legal office.”

“Blatant, bald faced lies. He’s trying to play the investigators and us as fools. The truth is not in him.”

“Not one person (22K) in state government ‘lost data’ during the transition to Google. Except the AG? Hmmmmm…”

“I have no basis for calling him a liar at this point, just as I had no basis for calling Nixon a liar when 18 minutes were missing on the Watergate tapes. Then the lab came in with pretty positive evidence it was intentionally erased. It will be interesting to see what this investigation turns up.”

“Is this a serious question, or are you asking it in some kind of hipster-dipped, sarcasm crusted, eye rolling tone?”

“I find it quite telling that all 5 of Swallow’s supporters who said the House investigative committee was a waste of money are suddenly silent.”

“This is going to drag on for years.”

Respondents include – 

Fred Adams, Stuart Adams, Jess Agraz, Scott Anderson, Laura Arellano, Patrice Arent, Bette Arial, Neil Ashdown, Bruce Baird, Heather Barney, Steve Barth, Jeff Bell, Tom Berggren, Mike Bertelsen, Ron Bigelow, Emily Bingham-Hollingshead, Rob Bishop, Laura Black, Nanci Bockelie, Charles Bradley, Jim Bradley, Ralph Brown, Chris Bleak, Curt Bramble, Joel Briscoe, Ralph Brown, Aaron Browning, Ken Bullock, Ric Cantrell, Maura Carabello, Marty Carpenter, Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Kay Christensen, David Clark, Kim Coleman, Peter Corroon, Tim Cosgrove, Fred Cox, Lew Cramer, Gene Davis, Richard Davis, Brad Daw, Alan Dayton, Margaret Dayton, Mike Deaver, Brad, Dee, Joseph Demma, Jake Dennis, Dan Deuel, Jeff Dixon, Brian Doughty, Carl Downing, Randy Dryer, Susan Duckworth, Donald Dunn, Alan Eastman, Becky Edwards, Scott Ericson, Chase Everton, Jessica Fawson, Janice Fisher, Wendy Fisher, Lorie Fowlke, Ronald Fox, Claire Francis, Ryan Frandsen, Adam Gardiner, Jordan Garn, Ernie Gamonal, Luke Garrott, Dave Gessel, Sheryl Ginsberg, Natalie Gochnour, Robert Grow, Karen Hale, David Hansen, Neil Hansen, Joe Hatch, Jeff Hartley, Dan Hauser, Lynn Hemmingway, Deidre Henderson, Neal Hendrickson, Casey Hill, Lyle Hillyard, Kory Holdaway, Randy Horiuchi, Ben Horsley, Bruce Hough, Scott Howell, Greg Hughes, Miriam Hyde, Allison Isom, Casey Jackson, Eric Jergensen, Mike Jerman, Jonathan Johnson, Michael Jolley, Gordon Jones, Leslie Jones, Pat Jones, Kirk Jowers, Jeremy Keele, Brian King, Scott Konopasek, Steve Kroes, Chris Kyler, Carter Livingston, Fred Lampropoulos, Clark Larsen, Douglas Larson, David Litvack, Larry Lunt, Matt Lyon, Ben McAdams, Daniel McCay, Gayle McKeachnie, JT Martin, Maryann Martindale, Jason Mathis, Bob Mayhew, Karen Mayne, Bret Milburn, Derek Miller, Rob Miller, Ethan Millard, Brett Millburn, Karen Morgan, Jeffery Morton, Mike Mower, Holly Mullen, Wayne Niederhauser, Mike Noel, Randy O’Hara, Ralph Okerlund, James Olsen, Val Oveson, Kelly Patterson, John Pearce, Helen Peters, Karen Peterson, Frank Pignanelli, Becky Pirente, Marie Poulson, Jason Powers, Tami Pyfer, Joe Pyrah, Mike Reberg, Jill Remington Love, Lauren Richards, Holly Richardson, Robin Riggs, James Roberts, Luz Robles, Ross Romero, Carol Sapp, Don Savage, Bryan Schott, Shauna Scott-Bellaccomo, Jay Seegmiller, Jennifer Seelig, Patrick Shea, Randy Shumway, Soren Simonsen, Jeremy Slaughter, Brendan Smith, Brian Somers, Carol Spackman-Moss, Robert Spendlove, Barbara Stallone, Howard Stephenson, David Stringfellow, Mike Styler, Shinika Sykes, Juliette Tennert, Gary Thorup, Kevin Van Tassell, Royce Van Tassel, Doug Thompson, Michael Waddoups, Laura Warburton, Chuck Warren, Christine Watkins, LaVarr Webb, Todd Weiler, Alan West, Mark Wheatley, Larry Wiley, Ted Wilson, Carl Wimmer, Mike Winder, Travis Wood, Thomas Wright, Crystal Young-Otterstrom

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