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Sen. Osmond: A short note to my constituents

Posted in 2013 on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 7:58 PM 7 Comments

By Aaron Osmond
Utah State Senator, District 10

Prior to being elected to serve in the senate, if I had read a report about my senator similar to what the Tribune published today, I would want to hear from him or her, to know the whole story. So, I write this brief statement out of respect for my constituents and others who want to sort out the truth.

I won’t get into John Swallow’s guilt or innocence because I don’t know.  The truth will come out over time, and I need to reserve judgment. However, I can be very clear, direct, and transparent about my own experiences.

This is what happened (in a nutshell):

In 2011, I saw in John Swallow a person who was committed to supporting small business and a willingness to stand up to the feds on overreach and overregulation. Being very involved in small business ventures, I wanted someone like him in office. I felt we could work with him to bring needed changes to our industry, changes we wanted to proactively implement.

At the end of the day, I liked him. I trusted him and I supported him. Because of that, I encouraged the owners of the companies for whom I worked to donate to his campaign. They listened to me and contributed significantly. (They ended up donating nearly $100,000 over a 1 year period of time to his campaign which, I believe, was just over five percent of his total war chest.)

I had no reason to believe anything nefarious was going on. I was offered no promise of favor or protection. Like most of Utah, I was not even aware of the accusations of less-than-savory behavior now surfacing.

What I do know is that the companies for which I worked were not guilty of this type of behavior. We were not under investigation while I worked there. In an industry with some bad actors, we ran our operations with integrity. The Tribune article chose to lump us in with less reputable businesses, but the truth is that our company was not in trouble with the feds or even likely to be.

That’s all there is.

Thanks for being willing to look past the hype. If you live in my senate district and would like to discuss this further, please feel free to give me a call. I will spend time with each and every person who calls me.


Aaron Osmond
Utah State Senator



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7 Comments to “Sen. Osmond: A short note to my constituents”

  1. […] After the Tribune broke the news yesterday that Senator Aaron Osmond’s (Republican, South Jordan) “build-your-own-wealth” companies were major backers of scandal-laden Attorney General, John Swallow, the Senator posted a response tonight on the Utah State Senate’s blog. […]

  2. Lisa Kirchenheiter says:

    Sen. Osmond deserves the benefit of any doubt his constituents may have. He has proven repeatedly that he is a man of integrity.

    • UTPOL says:

      I agree. In the 2013 session, Sen. Osmond repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to represent the people and not his own interests. He’s about as straight-up as a politician can be

  3. kcmannn says:

    I certainly appreciate this statement and will give the benefit of doubt. That said, when a small group of companies can provide that much money to get a particular candidate elected, the rest of us are pushed to the sidelines and out of bounds. The real problem isn’t Swallow. The real problem is all the money being spent disproportionately by a few people/companies to control our elections. Fix that Senator.

  4. Sandra Peck says:

    kcmann has the right idea. We need campaign contribution limits to give all voters a louder voice, and the Utah Legislature stubbornly opposes them year after year. Please do whatever you can to fix that Senator Osmond.

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  6. Ric Tanner says:

    I suppose it would have been appropriate for Sen. Osmond to acknowledge that he should have been more careful in making this endorsement. Is it any wonder that Utah is tops in investment fraud?

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