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By Rosemary Pollock

Shurtleff's First 100 Days Show Independence, Surprise

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Ever the political Boy Scout, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, is always ready to do "the right thing." The state's first Republican attorney general in 12 years was supposed to be the missing link in the GOP's unbroken supremacy over Utah politics. The "good man caught off guard" describes Shurtleff's first 100 days in office.

Unlike his crusading Democratic predecessor, Attorney General Jan Graham, Shurtleff has challenged pressure to be the unquestioning partisan soldier. During an initial 45-days with the Utah Legislature, Shurtleff publicly questioned the constitutionality of a key GOP-backed bill that attempted to muzzle the heavily Democratic public employees' unions.

"There were certain people angry enough at me for taking a position on this that they were going to withdraw some funding from my office," Shurleff explained. "They didn't. We were able to talk them out of it."

Shurtleff, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, doesn't spend his time calculating public opinion and party obligations. He acts on his convictions, regardless of the price.

"When I came up here I take a $15,000 cut in pay, I get threats...I speak to a group in Spanish, I get the [racist] National Alliance saying they're going to bring a lawsuit," he says. "The Democrats come out and say I'm not doing enough that needs to be done. I'm in debt. My wife has to work more and all I get is crap. I haven't had that much fun. I think it gets better. I think I can make a difference. I really do."

The last three months have seen Shurtleff involved in several controversial decisions. Shurtleff has been repeatedly accused of cutting deals with companies who have made substantial contributions to his campaign. One included cutting a deal to give Alliant Techsystems a $5 million tax break, granting a request for a zoning change for a company seeking to place billboards in front of the Great Salt Lake and handing outgoing Commissioner Mary Callaghan a $279,500 severance payout.

Despite the awkward first steps, Republican leaders are pleased with Shurtleff. "Clearly Mark has shown .... when he disagrees he will state his opinion," said Utah Republican Party executive director Scott Simpson. "He's also teachable."

Shurleff argues that big corporate donors give him money because they like his free-enterprise philosophy, nothing more. Besides, "My wife says to do the right thing," he adds.


GOP's Shurtleff Shows An Independent Streak
Salt Lake Tribune 15Apr01 T2
By Greg Burton and Dan Harrie: Salt Lake Tribune


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