The good old boy culture of corruption – looking the other way when sexual harassment goes down – is similar to those folks ignoring financial corruption in Frankfort. Everyone is hot and bothered by sexual harassment these days, so it’s a good idea to relate the similarities of the two hot messes.
Chris Tobe’s book, Kentucky Friend Pensions, does a pretty good job of that. It names staffers at the Ethics Commissions, Bar Association, Legislative Research Commission, office of the Auditor of Public Accounts and the Attorney General’s office. They all looked the other way. So why could you expect them to do any different now?
KFP also names members of the pension oversight boards of Governors Fletcher and Beshear and groups like the Long-Term Policy Research Commission. Bodies of people who should have been all over the pension disaster(s) but couldn’t be bothered to scratch the surface.
Tons of officials who try to drown accountability in a bucket and completely ignore transparency.
Let’s go through some of those names in the book…
KRS trustees: Walter Pagain, Brian Crall, Bobby Henson, Susan Horne, Vince Lang, Patricial Ballenger, Larry Conner, Lynn Harpring, Robert Wilcher, Gail McGrath, Henry Owen, Nikki Jackson, Lewis Reynolds, Tommy Elliott, Daniel Bauer, Jennifer Elliott, Susan Smith, Tim Longmeyer, Randy Overstreet.
KRS staffers: Don Mullis, John Krimmel, Kenton Bottoms, Mike Burnside, Bill Hanes, Eric Wampler, Sarah Webb, Suzanne HOwe, Lela Hatter, Rick Schultz, Todd Coleman, T.J. Carlson, Chris Schelling, David Peden, Ann Case, Connie Davis, Jennifer Jones, Shawn Sparks, Joe Morris, Pam Gibbs, James Dodrill, Lauren Stewart, Glenn Valley, Cherri Curtsinger, Robert Sircy.
Staffers are organizations that are supposed to be watchdog agencies in Kentucky are named: Robert Jones, Greg Stumbo, Amye Bensenhaver, Jettie Sparks, Julie Skeeters, Brian Lykins, Dana Nickles, John Steffen (ha), Tony Wilhoit, Donnita Crittenden, Rick Graycarek, Colleen Kennedy, Katie Kirkland, Sarah Coker, James Herrick, Sean Riley.
And board members of some of those watchdog agencies: Ronald Green, Angela Edwards, David Denton, Bill Francis, Bill Knopf, George Troutman, Rebecca Tomlinson, Pat Freibert, Bob Fulkerson, Paul Gudgel, Ann Henn, Ray White, Norma Scott, Deborah Jo Durr, Adam Koenig, Alayne White, Alice Forgy Kerr, Andy Hightower, Andrew McNeill, Bernie Lovely, Bob Jackson, Brent Legg, Carl Rollins, Charlie Beach, Charlie Borders, Dale Shrout, Daniel Hall, Delquan Dorsey, Diane Hancock, Donna Maloney, B.K. Parekh, Betty Griffin, FOrrest Calico, Jim Ramsey, Paul Cook, Penny Miller, Bob Sexton, Drew Graham, Ed Ford, Ed Holmes, Ernesto Scorsone, Evelyn Boon, Gippy Graham, Janie Douglass, Jeff Jobe, Jennifer Headdy, Joan Riehm, Joe Meyer, John Adams, John Bowling, John Will Stacy, Jon Draud, Judy Lyne, Kathleen Marshall, Kenny Rapier, Linda Waggener, Lindy Casebier, Marshall Slagle, Mary Lassiter, Mary Miller, Matthew Barzun, Max Ladt, Nick Kafoglis, Regie Meeks, John Chowning, Ric Ladt, Bob McCowan, Ron Carson, Shawn Crouch, Sheila Kruzner, Steve Nunn, Tim Shaughnessy, Tom Buford, Vic Hellard, Walter Blevins, William Hintze, Yvette Smith.
The Fletcher and Beshear pension commissions included people like: John Farris, Brian Crall, Brad Cowgill, Shawn Ridley, Dorsey Ridley, Richie Farmer, Jon Henrikson, Chris Posey, Mona Ball, Leon Mooneyhan.
Even Frankfort KRS vendors and payees like: Caroline Bevins-Taylor, Bob Kellerman, Bill Crumbaugh, Pat Layton, Charlie Jones.
Those are just, you know, a few of the names listed in the book. A few of the names of people who share responsibility for the disaster(s) in Frankfort.
But we’re still supposed to trust that these very same people can solve the sexual harassment mess.