During a town hall forum with David Williams, Greg Stumbo told two glaring lies.
The first, that he actually lives in the home at Stonecrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg:
One of the first topics both men took on was coal mining, particularly the growing controversies over surface mining and the use of coal to create power. Stumbo lives near Stonecrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg. Both the property to create the course and the property on which Stumbo’s home sits were created by surface mining.
“I believe, if we leave nothing else to our children, we ought to leave them a clean and safe place, if we can,” Stumbo said. “But, before people criticize mountaintop removal, they should come and see where I live, they should come and see the industrial parks and the airports and the things we’ve been able to do creatively with our reclaimed mine lands.”
Fact of the matter is, Greg doesn’t really live in Prestonsburg. He lives in a Lexington condominium. Mary Karen’s (his wife) career as a Realtor is in Lexington and their daughter goes to school there.
In fact, during the 2007 gubernatorial campaign, we spent thousands upon thousands of dollars filming television commercials inside the Stumbo home in Prestonsburg. The place was pristine because they were never there. There was no food in the entire joint. And half the plumbing didn’t work. I’m sure I could dig up about 15 campaign staffers who were there with me to back me up.
Then there’s this doozy:
“I think that the people who aren’t hearing our story are being distorted in their vision,” Stumbo said. “What you have now are responsible companies that are engaged in largescale operations that employ a lot of people in our region and produce a valuable product, if we’re going to be energy independent.”
“[R]esponsible companies.” Really. These companies have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars. They’ve had their operations shut down on several occasions. They’ve been investigated. They’ve gotten regulatory employees to fake mine reports. And they continue to lie about the effects of mountaintop removal. And they’re merely “responsible” companies doing the right thing.
We’re not sure about you, but when you’ve got the Speaker of the House telling bald-faced lies about where he lives and about the realities of mountaintop removal, how can you trust him on anything else?
Click here to read Russ Cassady’s feature in the May 8th edition of the Appalachian News-Express.