GOVERNMENT

Salt Lake County GOP creates new ethics committee

Mar 30, 2021, 7:12 PM | Updated: 7:12 pm
Salt Lake County Ethics...
(Former Salt Lake County GOP Chair Scott Miller speaking in 2016, when he was Vice-Chairman. Credit: Scott Winterton, Deseret News)
(Former Salt Lake County GOP Chair Scott Miller speaking in 2016, when he was Vice-Chairman. Credit: Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake County GOP is in the process of creating a new ethics committee due to some women who sparked the formation. 

Some of the women who brought ethics complaints to the former Chair of the Salt Lake County Republican Party say they’re being threatened. They’re speaking out about the demeaning comments that led to the complaints which sparked the formation of a new ethics committee.

Salt Lake County Council member Laurie Stringham is one of the women who stepped forward with their complaints. She made a virtual appearance during Tuesday’s council meeting, saying the harassment started in September. When she complained to Party Chair Scott Miller, those complaints went nowhere.

Stringham said, “To those who dismissed abusive or harassing behavior, who told us to grow a thicker skin or just take it because we work in politics, or who just ignored it, you are complicit.”

Her staffers tell KSL she was asked to participate in a campaign ad by volunteer Dave Robinson. When they decided to do something different, they say Robinson mocked her, claiming she appeared to be giving a sexually charged message in her own ad. He then reportedly threatened to derail her campaign, completely.

“I will not put up with it again,” Stringham said.  “This needs to stop, now.”

Stringham’s senior policy advisor, Abby Evans, said things have intensified since Miller’s resignation. Evans said police are investigating threats made toward her and Stringham, although she isn’t making any claims about where those threats are coming from. She said officers arrived at her house and observed it Monday night.

Evans said they made complaints about Robinson, but those complaints essentially died once they reached Miller.  She said Robinson has a history of making cruel or threatening comments to women when they don’t go along with his demands.

“When you’re a bully and you try and control everybody, you resort to saying horrible things to get them back in line,” Evans said.  “[Stringham is] not someone who gets ‘back in line,’ that’s for sure.”

Robinson’s response

However, Robinson said he hasn’t been given a fair opportunity to defend himself against the allegations of bullying. He issued a statement to the Deseret News, saying…

“The recent allegations brought against me are very serious. In no way am I discounting the feelings and accusations of the alleged victims; I believe they should be heard and every allegation fully vetted. Part of that vetting must include allowing the accused to respond to the allegations.”

He states he asked for a full and transparent process into the allegations for months, which never happened. He also believes a lot of the accusations stem from the Utah GOP trying to undermine the work of the party on the county level.

“For months, I made multiple requests of (Utah GOP) Chairman Derek Brown to meet and discuss the rumors and allegations I was aware of at the time. My requests went unanswered.”

The new ethics committee

Miller’s resignation is forcing the Salt Lake County GOP to create a new ethics committee, which leaders hope will prevent these kinds of problems from happening again.  Acting Party Chair Scott Rosenbush said the specifics of what this committee will address haven’t been fully hammered out. However, he believes they should address the fact they don’t have a code of conduct for volunteers.

He said, “We should have a volunteer policy that explains to volunteers what’s expected of them.”

He also believes there should be better oversight on the communications sent out by party leaders. Rosenbush said Miller wasn’t under any obligation to have someone review his controversial email, which called the women raising ethical complaints “sore losers who failed to win their respective races.”

Rosenbush said, “Certainly, if they were run by any of the current officers, we would have made suggestions for significant edits to those emails before they went out if we would recommend that they go out, at all.”

Today’s Top Stories

Government

US President Joe Biden announces student loan relief on August 24, 2022 in the Roosevelt Room of th...
Betsy Klein and MJ Lee, CNN

Biden administration kicks off student loan debt forgiveness process

The Biden administration began its efforts aimed at student loan forgiveness on Thursday.
17 hours ago
A sign for the Food and Drug Administration is seen outside of the headquarters in July 2020 in Whi...
Jacqueline Howard, CNN

ALS drug gets FDA approval despite uncertainty about effectiveness

The US Food and Drug Administration approved a new treatment for ALS on Thursday.
17 hours ago
Utah airbnb rentals rising interest rates affecting millennial home buyers...
Mark Jones

Eviction filings on the rise in Utah, compared to this time last year

The Rental Housing Association of Utah says eviction filings in Utah saw a 46% increase in the first six months of this year as compared to the same time in 2021.
2 days ago
cline alpine board...
Lindsay Aerts

At Alpine school board meeting, Natalie Cline claims district allows porn in classrooms

Whether Cline, from the Utah Board of Education, can speak at the Alpine district meeting (where she doesn't reside) was questioned.
2 days ago
Moss cell phone...
Lindsay Aerts

Lawmaker Moss again pushing to ban driving while holding a cell phone

Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-District 37, says she'll try again to crack down on driving with your cell phone in your hand.
3 days ago
Utah Democrats Gene Davis...
Simone Seikaly

Attorney for Sen. Gene Davis says Davis won’t resign from the Utah Senate

The Salt Lake County Democratic Party asked for Davis to resign immediately because of allegations of sexual harassment made against him.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Salt Lake County GOP creates new ethics committee