Greg Peterson charged on 25 counts

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Today, a Utah man was charged with 23 felonies and 2 misdemeanors, including rape, burglary and kidnapping. As news of his arrest has made the rounds, some headlines call him a GOP fundraiser, an insider, “powerful” and “connected”. In reality, he was none of those things. He was a wanna-be, a bully and one of the most unpleasant, narcissistic people I’ve ever met. (And I’ve met a few…) The “fundraisers” he held at a cabin near Heber never benefited a single candidate. In fact, a search of FEC records shows he has not made a single political donation in 5 years. His lone donation in 2007 was to Mitt Romney – also, not a result of “fundraising” but an individual contribution of $2300. But that’s not really the point (although a little fact-checking would have been nice.) The truth is he could have been a high-profile politico in any party or he could have been politically agnostic – I’m not sure it would matter. Rape is wrong. Kidnapping is wrong. Burglary is wrong. Period.

The crux of the story – and what really does matter – is that there are women in who allegedly suffered at his hands. It matters that there are multiple victims who have come forward – and that’s a scary thing to do. You see, in our society, we still blame the victims far too often, especially when they are women. It matters that some have tried to turn this into a political story. It’s not. It’s a crime story. The allegations, if proven true, have undoubtedly affected his victims in potentially long-lasting, even permanent ways. My heart aches for them. I am also profoundly relieved that my daughter was not one of those victims. A good 15 years older than my young adult daughter, he tried to get her to go out with him almost a year ago. Thankfully, she said no.

There are unsavory characters from all walks of life and all political parties. While I don’t agree very often with Eric Ethington’s public policy positions, I do agree with this portion of his blog post today: “How about we all just agree that the only human thing to do here is to express our absolute sorrow for these women and their families, recognize that this has nothing to do with any candidate, campaign or party, and perhaps see what we can do for the victims.” (emphasis added)

May the justice system move quickly and may the victims find the healing and support they need.

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5 Responses to “Greg Peterson charged on 25 counts”

  1. Jerome Borden Says:

    There’s a couple of local radio talk show hosts who need to hear about this part of the story. This is the first I’ve heard of this side, or in the words of Paul Harvey, now you know the Rest of the Story. Thank you, Holly!

  2. hollyonthehill Says:

    Hey – I’m happy to talk to them. Would one be the Doug Wright show? I can contact his producer…. And thank you for reading!

  3. mannrw Says:

    Well said Holly!

  4. Brian Says:

    Thanks Holly. This was needed.

  5. Rob Says:

    I think his party DOES matter. In Utah, the Republican party is often associated with righteousness and the Democratic party with promiscuity and baby-killing. I think the article, by pointing out that Republicanism does not equal goodness, is making a useful point in the Utah context.

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