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Quotation

I recognize that there have always been hypocrites in the Church, some of whom have risen, at times, to high position. This is why I do not automatically support LDS candidates, unlike many of my fellow Mormons. And there are many Republicans who lack integrity also. I would like to clean as many of them out of the Republican party as we can, meaning clean them out of public office.

— Conservative writer David Hall, taking the Idaho Statesman and Mike Crapo to task over Crapo’s drunk driving arrest and the Statesman’s forgiving editorial in response. Hall is a high priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.