Challenger Cooke blasts Governor Herbert over lack of transparency

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September 30, 2012


By Justin Haas

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Democratic gubernatorial challenger Peter Cooke attacked Republican Governor Gary Herbert for what he claimed is a lack of transparency and oversight in his administration.[1]

Cooke went over a list on the Capitol steps which he called the failings and missteps by Governor Herbert, including "mismanagement of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the breach of state health care records, a $13 million payoff to a contractor from the Utah Department of Transportation, the attempted appointment of an EnergySolutions official to the state Radiation Control Board and the appointment to the State Records Committee of a one-time critic of the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act."[1]

He said, "A day doesn’t go by where I’m not asked about how this mismanagement continues. That’s why we need a two-party system. We need watchdogs."[1]

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