Governor picks a politician to clean up AG’s office

Salt Lake City — Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced today he will appoint former Republican attorney general candidate Sean Reyes to replace former Attorney General John Swallow.

The good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH, that earlier this year filed the election law violation petition that charged Swallow with breaking state election laws, has released the following statement:

“Unfortunately, our governor has decided to stick to business as usual in his selection of Sean Reyes as John Swallow’s replacement. Reyes is undoubtedly a well-qualified lawyer. He might even have won his intra-party contest against John Swallow and perhaps even gone on to beat Democrat Dee Smith had Swallow been honest in his campaign disclosures, but we’ll never know. But Reyes’ stated objective of seeking reelection will make it difficult for him to devote 100 percent of his time to restoring integrity to the attorney general’s office. One foot in the office and one foot in the campaign is no way to run the the attorney general’s office at this critical juncture. The attorney general’s office needs someone who will have both feet in the office.”

Maryann Martindale
Executive Director, Alliance for a Better UTAH
801.557.1532 |

Isaac Holyoak
Communications Director, Alliance for a Better UTAH
801.664.9751 |

Alliance for a Better UTAH |  801.557.1532   |
The Alliance for a Better UTAH is a year-round, multi-issue education and advocacy organization providing resources, commentary, and action on important public policy matters.

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