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Letter: Letting GOP appoint AG would solve nothing

Published January 19, 2014 10:47 pm

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Sen. Todd Weiler proposes that Utah's attorney general be appointed by the governor ("Swallow probe not worth the price, Utahns say," Tribune, Jan. 16). He claims that not voting for our A.G. would "insulate the position from fundraising and campaign pressures" and that "commingling" fundraising and power results in "some pretty unhealthy results." I agree 100 percent.

Is it the voting process that is corrupt or is it commingling by elected officials? Gov. Herbert commingled his choice of contractors for the I-15 remodeling, so how can he be trusted? Weiler's proposal is nothing but a spin on gerrymandering. It's another attempt to gain more control for the GOP by putting the fox, their appointed fox, in charge of the hen house.

If Weiler wants to correct an inadequate policy, he should propose a bill that addresses campaign contributions and fundraising. He should support Count My Vote. He should strive to curtail back-door meetings with the state's dominant religion concerning political issues.

The democracy of voting is not the problem, and Weiler knows that.

Swallow's (and Shurtleff's) commingling started this whole mess. They, Weiler, and Utah's GOP need to stop looking out the window and start looking in the mirror, with open eyes.

Michael Cooper

South Jordan