Like we mentioned earlier, Ernie Fletcher used the governor’s mansion for the purposes of raising campaign funds. And we just dug up a couple articles pointing out instances involving highway contractors.
The Republican Party of Kentucky released a statement questioning Steve Beshear’s ethics, which is fair to do. Just not with this issue.
From the RPK Release:
“Using the Governor’s Mansion for political fundraisers does not represent the kind of ethical and moral leadership the people of Kentucky deserve,” added Robertson. “Governor Beshear has said that his administration should be held accountable and that it starts at the top with him. I call on Governor Beshear to make real ethics reform part of the special session call.”
We hate taking up for Steve Beshear, but Robertson is being a bit hypocritical with this issue. His own party is guilty of the very thing they’re accusing the Kentucky Democratic Party of doing. (For the record: We don’t think using *any* official building or property for the purposes of raising funds is appropriate.)
The RPK is claiming that Beshear is violating section 3 (A) (iii) of his Executive Order 2008-454 which prohibits “Use of state time, equipment, personnel, facilities, or other state resources for political campaign purposes.” We’re pretty sure that’s not an issue since the KDP is actually paying to use the governor’s mansion for its fundraiser. It’s not a freebie at a cost to the state.
Anyway, we can’t publish the full articles without violating copyright and we can’t find them online, but we’ll excerpt them. You’re free to search the full versions out on your own or contact us privately for a copy.
Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
FLETCHER COURTS HIGHWAY PAVERS
Ryan Alessi, Frankfort Bureau Reporter
Naturally, then, Gov. Ernie Fletcher — forced to restart his re-election fund-raising from scratch after Lt. Gov. Steve Pence dropped off the ticket — has begun courting the contractors.
The governor invited more than a dozen paving company executives to the Governor’s Mansion last Wednesday for lunch, a policy presentation and a political chat in the mansion’s second-floor residence.
During the luncheon, Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert detailed how the state will shell out a record $2.3 billion in road funds to contractors over the next two years, said Robbie Rudolph, Fletcher’s executive secretary of the Cabinet.
The group later retreated to the residence to discuss the re-election campaign.
Wednesday’s event, which was partially organized by Amy Wickliffe — lobbyist for the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors and former chief of staff to first lady Glenna Fletcher — instead was the first of several group meetings Fletcher hopes to have this summer, Rudolph said.
And another after the jump…