Interview by KUTV shown in Gunlock Utah:
Glen Mills: Attorney General Sean Reyes was appointed to the office last year by Governor Herbert now he is asking Utah voters to send him back. The office, obviously there’s a big scandal hanging over the office when you came in. Previous attorney’s general facing felony charges. So what have you done since your appointment to change that?
Sean Reyes: “Immediately we tried to restore public perception to the office and we have been successful in that. Everywhere I go from the most influential legislators down to average citizens. What they comment to me, even if they disagree with a particular case that were handling, they appreciate that we’ve returned it back to a law office focused on the law and that we have returned trust back into the office.
Now beyond that, integrity was a big issue for us in our office. And so we conducted a number of different audits and investigations to shine a light on any conduct and make sure that the public understood that if there were any misdoings by previous administrations. That was separate and apart by the good people in the office who I considered to be tremendous public servants. Client satisfaction is a big thing that we focused on.”
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Sharp differences emerged Wednesday (October 1st) between existing attorney general candidates Sean Reyes and Charles Stormont over defending Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. Reyes, a Republican who the governor appointed to the job last December, said he has a duty to uphold state law. Reyes said the attorney general can’t pick and choose which laws to uphold, whether they’re passed by the Legislature or the voters, as was the case with Amendment 3 defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
“You can’t cut and run. You can’t thwart the democratic process because you think that you’re smarter than the Supreme Court,” Reyes said. “If my opponent would take off his political glasses for a moment and put on his lawyer lenses or leader lenses, he would see how dangerous that precedent is that he’s proposing.”
Reyes and Stormont met Wednesday in an hour-long debate sponsored by the Utah Debate Commission at BYU. It might be the only time they meet head to head before the Nov. 4 election. The candidates’ differences over the same-sex marriage issue continued during separate news conferences after the debate. Reyes said it benefits everyone to have the nation’s highest court settle the question, adding even the plaintiffs in the case want that.
“Until that opinion comes, I can’t just substitute my opinion, even if I think something might be unconstitutional because at that point I’m just guessing,” Reyes said.
Defending Utah’s marriage law wasn’t the only issue the candidates disagreed on. While both say the public corruption allegations against former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow tarnished the office, they have contrasting views about how to restore the public trust. Reyes said he inherited an office “racked with scandal” and worked hard to bring back integrity and credibility. He said he has created an internal ethics committee and a public corruption unit.
In his closing statement, Reyes criticized Stormont for running what he sees as negative ads. He said he saw that tactic when he faced Swallow in the Republican primary election two years ago. He said it says something about how Stormont might lead. The candidates also differed in their approaches to campaign finances. Stormont said he won’t take money from payday lenders, multilevel marketers, cable companies or biz ops firms. Reyes said he hasn’t targeted any specific industries from which he won’t take donations because it could stigmatize them. He said his campaign vets all contributions.
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