Democratic gubernatorial challenger Peter Cooke Thursday unloaded on Republican Gov. Gary Herbert for his administration that Cooke contends lacks transparency and oversight.
At a news conference on the steps of the state Capitol, the Democrat ran down a list he characterized as failings and missteps by 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.
"A day doesn't go by where I'm not asked about how this mismanagement continues," Cooke said. "That's why we need a two-party system. We need watchdogs."