Utah GOP attorney general candidate sues opponent

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 1:53 PM


SALT LAKE CITY— 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 members and the Nevada-based "super" PAC It’s Now or Never "worked in concert" to damage his reputation.

In a copyright story, the Deseret News reportsthe ads focus on an ethical question dealing with Reyes campaign fundraising that has been investigated and dismissed, and a 1993 incident of alleged road rage.

Swallow, the chief deputy for Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, calls the suit "frivolous" and says "desperate candidates do desperate things."

The two Republicans are vying against each other in Tuesday’s primary.

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