John Swallow on Thursday became the latest entry in the list of more than a dozen Utah politicians engulfed in scandal through the years that either prematurely ended or forever tainted their public service.
While it's true that Salt Lake City may not be notorious for the kind of chronic corruption associated with Chicago or Washington, D.C., it can hold its own in the scandal annals, with some cases making national news or as in the case of the 2002 Winter Olympics bribery controversy international headlines.
It was, in fact, a popular national TV program that triggered the unraveling of one prominent Utah pol. U.S. Congressman Doug Stringfellow won election based on his fabricated tales of heroics during World War II, including a behind-enemy-lines mission to capture German atomic scientist Otto Hahn. The fabric of lies, retold on the biography program "This Is Your Life," hastened his exposure and resignation in 1954.