Lt. Gov nominee announced, talks Swallow

Lt. Gov nominee announced, talks Swallow

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - We now know more about the man who’ll be second-in-command at the state capitol. Just weeks after current Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell announced he’s stepping down from his position, a new man is announced to take his place Tuesday. Utah Governor Gary Herbert gave the nod to former Sanpete County Commissioner and former Fairview Mayor Spencer Cox.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- We now know more about the man who’ll be second-in-command at the state capitol. Just weeks after current Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell announced he’s stepping down from his position, a new man is announced to take his place Tuesday. Utah Governor Gary Herbert gave the nod to former Sanpete County Commissioner and former Fairview Mayor Spencer Cox.

It’s a name we’ve heard before in the Utah political arena. Spencer Cox is no stranger to the Capitol as a state representative. But a blog post he wrote about the Swallow investigation raises some eyebrows.

Tuesday’s press conference started with a formal introduction of state representative Spencer Cox to stand at the side of Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

“I recognize the immense responsibility of this position. The mantle weighs very heavy,” said Lt. Governor Nominee Spencer Cox. I hope to bring energy and passion and perspective to this administration.”

The Governor described Spencer as a freshman legislator with a growing political resume to take over the vacated seat by Greg Bell. With that position, comes the responsibility of overseeing the statewide elections. And its election fraud, amongst other things, Utah Attorney General John Swallow has been accused of. Back in May, Cox made a controversial statement on his website about Swallow.

“He did take a position to begin the investigation…but he was a house member then,” said Lt. Governor Greg Bell.

His thoughts on the Swallow investigation called for the “I-Word.” It reads, in part, “As such, the time for serious impeachment discussions has arrived.” Now those comments are resurfacing.

“He's got to analyze how his public statements go with his decisions he's got to make and give the public and Mr. Swallow both consideration of fairness and due process,” said Bell.

But overwhelmingly, the talk of the day was on Cox being the perfect candidate for Lieutenant Governor. His wife and four kids, along with other members of the House all stood in support of Cox.

“He's been a city councilman, he's been a mayor, a county commissioner, he knows rural Utah,” said State Representative Francis Gibson.

“He plays in a band. He's an absolute down to earth, normal, approachable person,” said State Representative Derek Brown.

After the press conference, Spencer Cox was swept away from the media, so we did not have the chance to specifically ask him about his web statement about the Swallow investigation.  To read the web post click here.

Cox needs to be confirmed by the Senate to officially become the next Lieutenant Governor.

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