Hillyard: Bad idea to mix taking contributions and talking policy

Governor Gary Herbert’s campaign is dismissing criticism from Democratic challenger Michael Weinholtz that the governor is selling access to the office by offering to meet with lobbyists or corporations as he runs for re-election.

The Salt Lake Tribune recently published a recording of the governor making the offer. In response, Herbert has said he is disappointed in himself and his campaign.

State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says Herbert’s actions are something you can’t afford to do if you are in politics.

“I absolutely think that you should not be meeting with businesses, individuals, lobbyists, whoever and talking policy and taking contributions,” exclaims Hillyard.

Hillyard says he can see why the governor is regretting what happened. Opponents of the governor have announced that they will not accepted donations from those who try to buy access.

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