Fischer Out of Water: Here at Page One, we’ve been pretty critical of Greg Fischer’s plans to run for Senate in the Democratic primary. Now that he’s announced his candidacy via an online video, well, we see little reason to let up. In the video, Fischer, seated in an office setting, wearing an open collar blue shirt, says he’s running because Mitch McConnell “doesn’t represent us anymore.” He is for “change” in Washington, but he delivers the message as if he’s talking to a corporate board. Fischer has done well in business, but sticking his toe in the water in a U.S. Senate race seems like a bad business decision.
Getting Away With…: So now that the Personnel Cabinet has decided not to investigate Jonathan Miller’s dubious story about his relationship with his former deputy Brooke Parker, Miller seems to have escaped any legal consequences. But the questions asked here remain. He still hasn’t come clean on the trip he took with Parker to Vegas just after he dropped out of the May primary, and why he lied about it to the press when he was first questioned. Anyone with remote reading-between-the-lines skills could figure out that it takes more than good work habits to earn a 380 percent raise in state government. Steve Beshear’s idea-quest for saving the state some money could include checking salary increases given to secretaries.
Here’s one for the Idea-Quest: Who are they kidding? If you thought the new Gov and the powerful Senate leader were going to get along, well, you might be one to believe that Brooke Parker was just a really good Treasurery Department employee. Beshear saved the state $11.9 million by canceling a change order that would have straightened a road in David Williams‘ district. Williams said it was a political move. Beshear, faced with more bad budget news today, should be looking closely at anything approved in the last month of the Fletcher Administration.