Local Swamp Drain Needed: Utah Republican Party And Rob Anderson’s Ethics

I don’t know if this was ever covered by the Utah media (please let me know if they have). After a web search it seems like they’ve totally ignored the Davis County Republican Party (DCRP) press release published about a month ago. It’s pretty scathing.  Here are some snippets but hit the link and read the whole thing.

Ethics Complaints Substantiated against former Davis County Republican Party Chair Rob Anderson
Press Release, November 2, 2017

…The complaint was initially filed, on October 16, 2015. In the process of the investigation, the accused, Rob Anderson, when asked to answer questions in relation to the charges responded through his attorney, David Irvine.

Irvine, with Anderson present, informed the ethics committee that if they proceeded with any further investigation he would bring suit against each individual member of the ethics committee on Anderson’s behalf. He based this threat on a supposed loophole within the constitution of the DCRP, which, according to Irvine, left ethics committee members vulnerable due to lack of protection from potential lawsuits. Under this threat, one ethics committee member resigned. The remaining committee members, fearful to proceed due to a question of legal indemnification, suspended their work on the investigation…

….With the change of party leadership in May of 2017, it was discovered that Anderson had removed the ethics committee from the liability insurance policy held by the DCRP shortly after the 2016 County Convention without discussion or consent of the County Central Committee or executive committee…

…With the change of party leadership in May of 2017, it was discovered that Anderson had removed the ethics committee from the liability insurance policy held by the DCRP shortly after the 2016 County Convention without discussion or consent of the County Central Committee or executive committee…

…The workings of the ethics committee are very confidential as stipulated by the DCRP Constitution and Bylaws, however, part of the complaint and some of the specifics regarding it were leaked to the press in 2016. This satirical and slanted article is believed to be aimed at shutting down the ethics committee and others and to dissuade any future allegations from being brought forward. (Rolly: Signature-gathering firm goes from villain to hero for Utah GOP, archive.sltrib.com).

“In a world where it seems no one is held accountable for unethical behavior it is gratifying to see the ethics committee rebound and come forward with their finding in a courageous manner,” said Teena Horlacher, current chair of the DCRP….

Wow. So, if I get this, Anderson removed the ethics committee’s indemnification then sicced his lawyer (David Irvine*) on them to threaten and intimidate them (since they no longer had indemnification protection). Once the party fixed rules and the investigation could restart, they discovered the indemnification trick Anderson had pulled (I wonder if he pulled that under the advice/scheme of his attorney who then used the opening to threaten the ethics committee). Then someone leaked info to Paul Rolly so he could write (another) one of his distorted, pseudo-journalist hit pieces (…should I even use “journalist” in a sentence with Rolly’s name?…).

First, well done to Teena Horlacher and the DCRP ethics committee for trying to bring this to light. Next, where is the media on this?! Seriously, I couldn’t find a report on this at all. But Rob Anderson is gone from the DCRP!, you say. Yeah, that’s true. He’s not in charge of the DCRP; he’s only the Chairman of the Utah Republican Party.

Will the state party (or media) address this at all or did Chairman Anderson find a bigger swamp to play in?

UPDATE: Maybe I do know why the media wants to ignore this. It appears Anderson may well be a Count My Vote ally which means lots of $$$ for the media via political ads etc. – see the latest post on Rob Anderson and the Utah GOP

*If you read this blog and Irvine’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the same attorney who acted as the surrogate attack dog for Bountiful Mayor Randy Lewis’ “positive” campaign. UPDATE: Heh, if you can laugh at irony, Irvine is with Utahns for Ethical Government and A Better Utah. Giggle.

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  1. Pingback: Bigger Swamp Playground? Rob Anderson, Count My Vote, And The Utah Republican Party | Utah Rattler

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