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Bennion’s role » The rally was not organized by Bennion, but he promoted it, sending out a notice through the Salt Lake County Republican email list, a move that some county Republicans saw as a conflict of interest with his work for the Fraternal Order of Police.
Dan Burton, an attorney and member of the GOP state central committee, said Bennion should steer clear of the Gill issue and let someone else act as spokesman for the party because of his conflict of interest.
"It looks like Chad is looking out for the Fraternal Order of Police. … It’s clear to me that this is a conflict of interest that should cause him to think twice," said Burton, who also disagreed with the tone of Bennion’s remarks.
"If he wanted to say he disagrees with the finding or the process wasn’t appropriate or had some flaws in it, that’s fair game, but the way he’s talking about it goes after Sim Gill personally, not the process or the investigation, and that’s just not appropriate."
Bennion said he stands by his comments and said the other county party officers approved of his promotion of the police rally.
But one county officer, secretary Michelle Hunt, said Wednesday she has been too busy to pay attention to the controversy and had no comment about the issue.
The notice Bennion sent through the party list described the rally as supporting "the right of police officers to defend themselves, and to protect the public, without fear of retribution from the Salt Lake County district attorney’s office."
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