On November 2, 2017 the Davis County Republican Party (DCRP) issued a press release regarding ethics violations of then county chair and current state party chair, Rob Anderson. As of the publication date of this article, no media outlet has published the press release. The few outlets that have discussed it (you can read here and here) only mention it in passing, making the complaint sound like mere partisan infighting.
Rob Anderson’s personal lawyer, David Irvine (who also serves as a lawyer for the extreme leftist organization Alliance for a Better Utah), is the source reporters used for their spun narrative. The actual party findings were never quoted.
The full press release properly exposes that serious accusations against Rob Anderson were substantiated by the party’s ethics committee. What conclusions can people draw by witnessing that multiple mainstream media reports suggest a different story than the actual press release? Why would the media not publish this document?
In the interest of getting a more clear picture of the story, Defending Utah investigated further by contacting members of the state central committee and other party members.
We heard personal statements that fully supported the document’s story.
Former DCRP webmaster, Joe Levi, expressed concerns about the alleged threats made by Chairman Anderson towards members of the ethics committee,
“It’s concerning when any person behaves as if they are ‘above the law’. In Davis County, through his attorney, Mr. Anderson reportedly threatened each member of the Ethics committee with individual lawsuits if they performed the duties which they were elected to do: investigate Ethics Complaints. He then reportedly, acting on his own, without approval from the Executive Committee or the Central Committee, removed the Ethics Committee and its members from the DCRP’s insurance policy, apparently to shield himself from accountability for his actions. This pattern was repeated in Saturday’s SCC meeting when he adjourned the meeting just as the agenda item to consider Censuring him and other Executive Officers had come up. One SCC member even exclaimed from the microphone ‘did you seriously just adjourn your own censure’. According to the Platform of the Utah Republican Party, ‘ETHICS AND STANDARDS: We demand honesty, integrity, morality, and accountability of our public officials. We will work to expose and stop corruption.’ – even when that may be coming from the Party Chair.”
Further alleging collusion with legislator Todd Weiler, Don Guymon (Utah Republican Party Executive Committee member & DCRP Central Committee member) told Defending Utah,
“In 2016 I attempted to pass a Constitutional Change to indemnify members of the Davis County Ethics Committee, because I was told they were not indemnified. Rob’s appointed C&B Chair made changes to my proposal, which Todd Weiler used against the proposal. The proposal got approximately 65% of votes of county delegates just short of the required 2/3rds.”
In the interest of transparency, Defending Utah is including the party’s press release in full:
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE