Shurtleff Says Election Letter was Wrong

Shurtleff Says Election Letter was Wrong


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he made a mistake when he used official state letterhead to promote a Republican candidate for sheriff in Beaver County.

A resident complained to the county clerk, who contacted the Democratic Party and state election director Michael Cragun.

Misuse of the state seal is against the law, but Cragun doesn't plan to take action.

"When we find someone who is using the state seal improperly we tell them to stop using it improperly," he said. "But we didn't have to do that. Shurtleff already knew."

Shurtleff said: "It was a mistake. It was my bad."

He said he doesn't know to fix it since the letter on behalf of Cameron Noel has been sent.

Democratic Party spokesman Jeff Bell said it's "very convenient" that Shurtleff can send the letter and face no penalty.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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