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But I find the competition between Deputy Treasurer Richard Ellis and his GOP opponent Mark Walker to be fascinating. This is a family feud between Republicans, involving the larger Republican family. Ellis charges that Walker promised to keep him in his current job and up his pay if he would just drop out of the race. Walker denies the accusation.
In Utah, the Lietenant Governor is the chief elections officer; it is the prerogative of Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert to decide whether to investigate. He claims it would "tilt" the results of the June 24 election if he commenced an investiation. Last week, the Utah Supreme Court agreed not to rush Herbert into an immediate investigation.
I just finished an interview with Ellis; he tells me that win or lose next Tuesday, he will continue to press his case. He has a calm demeanor, but he is serious. Paul Murphy, spokesperson for the office of attorney general, says they are reviewing a letter from Ellis, who urges an inquiry. It is not clear if Herbert will ever refer the case to the attorney general. But the attorney generals office can proceed independent of a recommendation from Herbert. Eventually, the charges will be investigated by a special prosecuted. What's odd is that no Republican has demanded an immediate resolution of the allegations. It should have taken no more than a day, or a week at most.