Hughes, after nearly three weeks of negative press, was cleared of all charges. Phil Riesen, Democrat Utah State Representative, was the one who made the allegations public. Riesen, rightly, will now be the next legislator to have a personal political proctology exam.
For the last few years, I have thought of former news anchor and current stage legislator Phil Riesen as a man of great
Hughes can be a bully, according to a former Republican legislator. But what Riesen did is much worse.integrity. No longer. The latest failed ploy against a Republican legislator proves that the Utah Democrats are at least as unethical as the Republicans in trying to build up their empire--if not more.
Did you know that the allegations made by Susan Lawrence that Greg Hughes offered her
tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in 2006 if she would switch her vote on the controversial private school voucher issuehappened before the last election? Did you know that Susan Lawrence didn't think that her concerns and accusations should be made public, but wanted them, rather, to become known only to legislators who are about to overhaul ethics rules in the next session?
Armed with the understanding that nothing could legally stop him
In an effort to raise the stature of the Democratic party party in Utah, he's put the party and his fellow legislators in a very terrible situation. It will be interesting to see if his fellow Democrats cut bait or follow him over an ethical cliff.from making the allegations public, Democrat Representative Phil Riesen did just that. Knowing that only 5 weeks remained until the November 2008 elections, Riesen went on the attack. Now that Hughes has been exonerated of all charges, Riesen is probably wishing that the committee hearings had taken just a bit longer. The Salt Lake Tribune reported
Hughes was accused of attempting to bribe a former lawmaker to support school vouchers, of strong-arming lobbyists into backing the voucher movement, of threatening would-be political foes, and of pressuring lobbyists not to support a GOP voucher opponent.Riesen is next. He used pro bono work from his own law firm to draft the charges against Hughes. Hughes told KSL's Doug Wright this morning that of 9 supposed witnesses on the primary allegation of bribery, none could corroborate the allegations against him. He said that he is likely to take up civil litigation against Riesen in response to Riesen's "fishing expedition".
After seven days of closed-door testimony, the committee [of four republicans and four democrats] determined that the six charges lacked merit.
A former Republican legislator told me that Hughes can be a
Now that Hughes has been exonerated of all charges, Riesen is probably wishing that the committee hearings had taken just a bit longer.bully. It sounds like, based on the ethics committee's findings that that's true. Greg Hughes told Doug Wright that he needs to exercise more sensitivity with his colleagues and constituents. But that's all the bi-partisan ethics committee found.
What Phil Riesen did is much worse. In an effort to raise the stature of the Democratic party party in Utah, he's put the party and his fellow legislators in a very terrible situation. It will be interesting to see if his fellow Democrats cut bait or follow him over an ethical cliff.