All right. Today got the better of us. And you’ll see why. It was tons of fun.
Isn’t it interesting that Ken Herndon or one of his supporters have taken it upon themselves to trash us – Ken’s only support in the news world? Really smooth move. Way to piss off your support base, Ken.
And on that note – let’s just go ahead and say it – Ken Herndon has turned his lawsuit to determine who is responsible for the anti-gay mailer which cost him his primary election into a witch hunt. It’s time for the Office of the Attorney General to pick the case up so it may be responsibly investigated. Ken’s private investigator has spent the past year going all over Louisville declaring that Denise Bentley and Jim King (two people we once believed were involved, as we’ve said on this very website, due to Ken Herndon’s and Jeff Noble’s incessant promises that they were responsible) are guilty. And Ken, himself, has spent the past year focusing on no one other than Jim King (Jeff Noble just admitted as much to as in an email a couple days ago). All because Jim wrote a letter to Ken’s employer, which apparently hurt his feelings quite a bit. Don’t believe me? I have hundreds of emails from Ken that are on-the-record which I will be publishing.
For nearly a year I’ve supported Ken Herndon and worked behind the scenes to help pinpoint those responsible for the disgusting anti-gay mailer that cost Ken his election for Louisville Metro Council. Each time I met or spoke with him, he focused on Jim King and wasn’t interested in discussing any other possibilities. That’s a shame. Because I once thought Ken filed his lawsuit for the right reasons. I no longer believe that to be the case.
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I mean, I’ve already eaten crow on the Jim King front. If the man is in any way connected to that mailer, it’s because he made a campaign contribution to George Unseld or because he’s been involved in Louisville politics for decades and knows everyone on earth. Just as you, the reader, may be connected without knowing it. If there was evidence there to convict Jim King – I would know about it. Because no one on this planet has attacked the man more than me.
But Ken, and to a smaller extent Jeff Noble, refuse to back up what’s alleged and they have no evidence to support their allegations (otherwise they would have already come forward – Ken has admitted to me that the only way to get justice is to try this case in the court of public opinion). I’ve given Ken a year to do the right thing. Just as we did the Fairness Campaign, which we criticized until the Board of Directors hired a competent and talented director.
We’ve supported him through it all. Now it’s time for him to give it up and let actual law enforcement professionals take over.
There’s nothing like being part of the story. But wait for this one.
Ken Herndon tried to serve us with a subpoena to appear for a deposition on May 6th – less than 8 days from notice – without bothering to contact us, someone he’s worked with for over a year, to ask whether or not we’d consent without a subpoena. Unfortunately, we have a major conflict and cannot be deposed until May 29th – something my first amendment attorneys worked out without having to go to court.
His camp says they want to question us about what information we have that leads us to believe Jim King is innocent. Never mind that we’ve already published it on the internet.
However, we have reason to believe Ken is on a mission to identify our confidential sources. And that suspicion was only heightened today when a young man allied with Herndon and Noble and someone we’ve questioned in the course of putting together several stories… started to follow me. He circled the coffee shop I was patronizing, peeking in windows and scoping out our vehicle.
NOTE: We mentioned him yesterday but didn’t name him out of respect. So much for that. Especially after he accused us of being anything but professional and courteous and then threatened to sue us. But we maintain an archive of text messages, emails and even have video footage of him from today.
If the Herndon camp, his private investigator or someone from the process server’s office wanted to locate me, they could call me. The only reason someone would follow me? To see who I’m talking to. I consider that a form of intimidation and an attempt to stifle the flow of news that would benefit the public interest. And I don’t take intimidation lightly.
Does Ken Herndon really believe we’d reveal confidential sources and information that we’re legally allowed to protect for stories we’re working on?
And does Ken Herndon really think we haven’t revealed everything we know in the form of news stories on the pages of Page One and The ‘Ville Voice? We’ve been his most ardent supporter. Does he really want to try making me a scapegoat? And why hasn’t he randomly subpoenaed reporters from the Courier-Journal and LEO Weekly? I do recall them all knowing just as much – if not more – than me.
We’re done with Ken Herndon’s drama. But the only way his case will be resolved is if the Office of the Attorney General takes the lead.
So, really, Jack Conway – you listening? Investigate this case like you investigated the gay hate case in Covington. Everyone in the Commonwealth is compelling you to do it so we can put it behind us. Get off your butt and just do it. If your office doesn’t take it up like you did the Covington case, there’s an obvious problem on your hands. Do the right thing. It’s the only way we’ll ever get to the bottom of this disgusting violation of campaign finance law.