We told you earlier that the Jefferson County GOP was jumping on Mayor Abramson for his lack of transparency in spending.
Low and behold, the Mayor’s office got all nervous and sniped back at GOP Chair Brad Cummings claiming partisanship (duh, he’s the GOP Chair) and all that jazz.
Carlton said his office is always seeking ways to improve its transparency, and has “hundreds of thousands” of financial records available online.
But Cummings says the city’s website is difficult to navigate and makes it impossible to learn, for example, how much money is going to particular vendors. He thinks Abramson should jump on board Grayson’s efforts.
“I’ll give you $100 if you can make sense of it,” he said. “No effort has been made to make it easy to use. It’s not a partisan issue. Steve Beshear gets it, I don’t know why Jerry Abramson doesn’t.”
But that’s not what takes the cake. The Mayor’s spokesman, in a rush to defend the Cheerleader for Life, got his facts mixed up. Chad Carlton sent Rick an email that claimed Governor Beshear had initiated the drive for transparency in state government. Readers of Page One know that’s not accurate since we broke Grayson’s news last week. But, well, take a look for yourself:
Carlton sent me information in an e-mail in which he disputes the genesis of the whole transparency mess, citing Gov. Beshear’s Friday news release on the topic. But as Jake pointed out over at Page One here and here, it was the Guv who followed Trey’s steps. Either way, while Cummings release is charged with partisan language meant to ignite criticism of the Mayor. It’s an attempt to get his attention.
Abramson needs to jump on the transparency bandwagon. Posting a few documents on the internets every once in a while just doesn’t cut it.