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Return by Enid would be costly

In Enid Greene's eyes, she has been vindicated.

The former 2nd District congresswoman and her father have agreed to pay a $100,000 fine for Federal Election Commission violations. They have answered the FEC's questions and signed a consent agreement. That's that, she says.While Greene may consider the matter finished, should the public?

She wasn't cleared of violations. She was fined for violations, although she says she and her father didn't intend to violate the law. Her ex-husband, Joe Waldholtz, told the Deseret News last week that Greene's problems are all his fault; that he was the deceptive one. He has completed a prison sentence for those problems.

Greene, her millionaire father, D. Forrest Greene, and her two campaign committees will pay a combined $100,000 to the FEC. With that, the matter will be closed, she says.

Greene is attempting to distance herself from her past. She lives on Salt Lake's east bench, works as a trial attorney and is a single mother to her 3-year-old daughter. She remains active in party politics and is a regular on a locally-produced political roundtable television program.

If Greene remains a private citizen, the undoing of her political career eventually will become a footnote in Utah history.

But Greene says she may someday return to politics. By then, most Utahns will have forgiven her mistakes. But they will not have forgotten. Her opponents will make sure of that.

She cannot start over with a clean slate. There are no do-overs. She has to own up to her past -- the poor judgment she exercised in her personal and professional lives; a campaign that became the fodder of a federal investigation.

Greene would be wise to assess her baggage before entertaining the notion of tossing her hat in the political ring.