Rolly: Prof flaunts LDS cred, gets spanked by BYU

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When the husband of a much-maligned Provo City councilwoman decided to bring his ecclesiastical credentials and royal bloodline into his wife's contentious re-election campaign, his Mormon Church-owned employer decided he went too far.

BYU professor Buddy Richards has been reprimanded by the school for using his official BYU e-mail account to extol his virtues and condemn the activities of lower-character Republicans who he says have slandered his wife, Cindy Richards, in her re-election bid to the council.

"He has been talked to and reminded of the university's policy, which prohibits the use of the BYU e-mail system for political purposes," BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said.

Buddy Richards sent an e-mail to Utah County Republican Party precinct officers blasting the actions of Utah County Republican Chairman Taylor Oldroyd, who has organized a "Stop Cindy" campaign. Oldroyd heads the Utah County Board of Realtors, which opposes Richards because of some of her "anti-Realtor" positions on the council. The Utah County Republican Executive Committee has scheduled a meeting to discuss whether to reprimand Oldroyd for his participation in the nonpartisan race.

In the e-mail, Buddy Richards reminded his Republican colleagues that he is an LDS stake president and until recently was chairman of BYU's Department of Educational Leadership & Foundations. He also pointed out, in case the e-mail recipients were not paying close enough attention, that he is the grandson of LeGrand Richards, a former LDS Church general authority.

If that wasn't enough to reveal his moral superiority over his foe, Richards also noted in the e-mail that Oldroyd was supporting his wife's opponent who (insert Twilight Zone music here) was a registered Democrat.


Speaking of Provo » State Rep. Stephen Clark, who is running for Provo mayor, said during a recent candidate debate that he has received the endorsement of his "good friend," Gov. Gary Herbert.


After that comment, which still can be seen, unchallenged, on the Provo Daily Herald's Web site, Herbert issued a "press release" stating that he likes both Clark and his opponent, John Curtis, and is not endorsing one over the other.

But he only sent that statement to the Daily Herald, even though the debate with Clark's claim is still airing on the local Provo TV station.


Ill-advised costume? » When Attorney General Mark Shurtleff spoke at a BYU Law School criminal procedures class Thursday, one law student came to class dressed in full SWAT gear, including an armor belt, and some students said he had carried a gun on campus, although they weren't sure it was real.

When queried, the student said it was a Halloween costume, but several BYU police officers suddenly raided the classroom and hauled Rambo outside.

He re-entered the class a short time later, minus his SWAT gear.


A public option? » The state touts customer service and public accessibility as benefits of its 10-hour workday.

So when customers arrived at the Draper office of the Drivers License Division on Wednesday morning to conduct business, they were greeted by a sign telling them the office was closed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for a staff meeting. The customers had arrived for appointments to take driver license tests, scheduled by the very same office employees who were sitting in their meeting in full view of the public.

Paul Rolly is a political columnist. Reach him at