Governor's Father Offers to Step Down from Tax Review Commission

Governor's Father Offers to Step Down from Tax Review Commission

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(Cedar City-AP) -- The father of Governor Mike Leavitt has offered to step down from his appointment to the state's Tax Review Commission.

A spokeswoman for the governor has acknowledged that there could be a problem with the political balance of the agency after Dixie Leavitt's appointment.

The Republican governor appointed his father to replace a political independent.

Leavitt spokeswoman Natalie Gochnour says the governor believed that appointing his father would maintain the balance between Democratic and Republican party representation on the agency.

Dixie Leavitt says he met with his son when he visited Cedar City this week and offered to withdraw from the appointment. The governor said "no."

Gochnour says the administration is checking to make sure the appointment is not an issue. She says if Leavitt made a mistake in appointing a Republican, it was NOT intentional.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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