More than a YEAR has passed and Todd Hollenbach has finally renounced Frank Simon’s endorsement! This comes after more than a year of Joe Sonka and myself constantly pressuring Todd in person to do so. We told you about this letter last year. It’s wonderful that Todd finally grew some balls and did the right thing.
Here’s what Todd said:
“I cannot accept the support of Dr. Simon, now or in the future, for so long as his public support is considered to be an affirmative embrace of intolerance or exclusion.”
Note that Todd indicated he couldn’t accept Simon’s support as long as he’s considered to be intolerant. Meaning he would accept his support if he wasn’t considered intolerant. Nice. Click here (PDF Link) to read the full letter.
For the record, a prominent newspaper editor in Kentucky asked Todd Hollenbach to release his letter to the public last October and Todd REFUSED. Here’s what the editor had to say to me in an email at that time:
I called Mr. Hollenbach and asked what he was going to do, if anything, about the endorsement he got from the Simon group. He said he had sent the group a letter disclaiming the endorsement as long as Dr. Simon’s presence in it signaled intolerance and exclusion. He read me the letter over the phone. I then asked whether I could have a copy. He FAXed me a copy, but insisted it be on a confidential basis.
Now, you tell me, why was Todd afraid to publicly renounce Frank Simon? Why did he wait nearly a year from the endorsement to make things public?
Oh, and Thom Karmik or the anonymous KDP staffer he blamed is back from vacation on Bluegrass Report. It seems Jennifer Moore condones the behavior of her staff members slandering and libeling fellow Democrats. Jennifer isn’t responding to telephone calls and emails to address concerns from State Central Executive Committee members– or us, so we hope she’s prepared to deal with everything we’re about to publish in the coming days. Details of scandal, blackmail, threats of reprisal… I’m gonna talk about it all.
P.S. Walter, no one was “hiding behind (the) unfair attacks against Todd Hollenbach” – we merely reported what Todd did and did not do. Unfortunately, he made it clear he wasn’t interested in renouncing Simon LAST YEAR when it counted. Despite what you and the KDP have pedaled, Todd hid out for a year. There was no “jig” to be up.
UPDATE: Click here to read Joe’s take on things.