Utah GOP attorney general candidate sues opponent

June 24, 2012

By The Associated Press, Las Vegas Sun

State attorney general candidate Sean Reyes has filed a defamation of character lawsuit against opponent John Swallow and others, claiming they falsely portrayed him in advertisements.

Sean Reyes, in his suit filed Friday in 3rd District Court, contends Swallow, his campaign team members and a Nevada-based super PAC named It’s Now or Never “worked in concert” to damage his reputation.

The two Republicans are vying against each other in Tuesday’s primary. The winner will take on Democrat Dee Smith in November.

The TV and radio ads focus on an ethical question dealing with Reyes’ campaign fundraising that has been investigated and dismissed, as well as a 1993 incident of alleged road rage, the Deseret News reported in a copyright story (http://bit.ly/MIRATm ).

The Nevada-based political action committee has spent $140,000 in Utah against Reyes, according to documents filed with the state.

Reyes claims that phrases and words used in the ads, including “under the table,” “misreported,” “caught” and “skirting,” are false and defamatory.

Swallow, the chief deputy for Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, called the suit “frivolous” and said “desperate candidates do desperate things.”

To read more, visit:  http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jun/23/ut-attorney-general-race-lawsuit-2nd-ld-writethru/

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