Reminder: Henry Used HIPAA-Protected Info There

Just a reminder that Steve Henry once used all of the cancer screening information collected for political purposes.

Remember when he was convicted on three big counts?

Keep all that in mind when reading this press release:

Gov. Beshear, KDVA Commissioner to Kick Off Cancer Screening Opportunities at State Fair

WHO:
Gov. Steve Beshear
Heather French Henry, commissioner, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
Former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, president, Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition

WHAT: Kickoff for KentuckyOne Health cancer screening opportunities at State Fair

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time

WHERE:
Kentucky Exposition Center
KentuckyOne Health Exhibit
South Wing, Health Horizons
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, Kentucky

Dumb.

As.

Hell.

H-L Editorial Pushing For Campaign Finance Reform

The Herald-Leader appears to be backing campaign finance reform to prevent wealthy candidates from buying an office.

Here’s a taste:

In two attempts at winning the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Louisville businessman Bruce Lunsford put nearly $14 million of his personal wealth into his campaigns, $8.1 million in 2003 and $5.7 million in 2007.

In the 2007 Democratic primary, former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry also spent $1 million on his campaign.

In the Republican primary the same year, Paducah businessman Billy Harper spent $6 million of his own money while former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup put $700,000 into her campaign.

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who was Lunsford’s running mate in 2007, is proposing a new approach to countering a self-funded candidate’s ability to buy statewide office.

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Instead, it seems a sensible way to avoid what Stumbo calls the risk of making independent wealth “an unofficial qualification for statewide office.”

He acknowledges he’s wealthy enough to meet that qualification if he should choose to run for statewide office again. The fact that others aren’t shouldn’t disqualify them from having a chance at winning one of these offices.

House Bill 366 could help level the playing field a bit for them. The House and Senate should give serious consideration to passing it.

Important note: That wasn’t Steve Henry’s money and he was convicted (on three counts) for campaign finance fraud. So he is hardly a good example. The paper’s editorial writers were aware of this fact because it was the paper who broke the story when I gave them the documents. In fact, the Herald-Leader was the only outlet that accurately covered the case and saw it though to the end.

It’s clear Kentucky’s campaign finance limits are unreasonably low. Leveling the playing field makes sense for both Democrats and Republicans.

Just a shame that everyone knows better than to hold their breath. We can wish in one hand…

Beshear Promoting Appearance At Henry Event

Steve Beshear’s office promoted a cancer screening event that Steve Henry will be a part of at the Kentucky State Fair.

Here it is:

Gov. Beshear to participate in kickoff for cancer screening opportunities at Kentucky State Fair

WHO:

Gov. Steve Beshear
Former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, president, Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition
Heather French Henry
Bev Weber, chief operating officer, KentuckyOne Health
Dr. Donald M. Miller, director, James Graham Brown Cancer Center

WHAT:

Kickoff for KentuckyOne Health cancer screening opportunities at State Fair

Does this mean Henry will once again be collecting HIPAA-protected information in order to use it for a political campaign as he has done in the past? Like that time he was convicted on three corrupt counts?

One would think Beshear’s office would have enough sense to make sure they aren’t involved in messes like this.

Other Than The Henry Mention, This Was It

Just two mistakes for a huge event? Not bad at all.

Alison made her second campaign announcement yesterday in front of a big ass mansion:


Not exactly the image one would want to promote when attacking Mitch McConnell for getting wealthy while on the government payroll. Or when trying to connect with the millions of poor Kentuckians who vote.

But no one can deny her event was great. It was. It’s what she should have done a month ago.

Because Kentucky Always Needs A Major Laugh

CONSIDER THIS YOUR PEE ALERT WARNING

Just read this:

Heather French Henry, a 2000 Miss America titleholder and wife of former Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Henry (D), is contemplating launching a challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and has been contacted by officeholders in the state urging her to run.

“I’m not saying no yet, but I’m not saying yes,” she told The Hill on Tuesday.

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“I certainly see myself, in the future, in some sort of political office,” she said.

But French Henry said she is being “urged” to consider the race “by people in higher political positions” in the state, and added that “there’s not a day that goes by that someone doesn’t mention it.”

“People have spoken to me about it,” she said, but “I have in no way, shape or form solicited any comments or any advice from anyone on any Senate race.”

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Looking forward, she said that she had no timeline on a decision. Asked what could convince her to run, French Henry balked.

“Other than someone to clean my house for me?” she joked. “I don’t know — God would have to make it very evident to me, like a frying pan to the head, and say, ‘Heather, you need to run.'”

Hopefully you put your beverages down prior to reading that.

That would be Mitch McConnell’s dream come true. Running against Steve Henry’s wife. Since she was involved in all kinds of things with him. From the Rosemary Clooney House shenanigans with the IRS, his campaign finance fraud using their joint accounts, her veterans “foundation,” et al. The Kentucky State Police Special Investigations Unit – along with a special prosecutor – produced a 4,000-page report on it all.

Let’s not forget everything else… from KSP being forced to babysit her children when Henry was lieutenant governor to using state government to run her wedding to being sued by her publisher and producing her “gowns” in China.

That campaign would be a clown car at a circus.

Shawn Reilly, Of Kentucky Progress, Involved In False Voter Purge Allegations & More

Click Here for Part One: Speaking Of Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly And Other Problems…

Shortly after the request for a Special Bailiff was made in the Zachary Scarpellini murder/manslaughter civil suit, Shawn Reilly surfaced in Louisville working on the Congressional campaign of Democrat and Iraq War veteran Andrew Horne. (Full disclosure: I was a part of the Horne Campaign but that’s where my involvement in that part of the story ends)

Horne, who lost in the May 2006 primary to now-Congressman John Yarmuth, employed Reilly to staff fundraising events, hold house parties and organize voters. But he wasn’t just handling campaign grunt work. Reilly worked himself into the good graces of campaign leadership within a matter of weeks. In no time at all, he was participating in strategy sessions and attending meetings involving Democratic Party officials.

Reilly’s time on the campaign didn’t end as smoothly as it began, though, as he hit a bit of a wall. Just before the Primary Election, Reilly – who had recently returned from South Carolina – attempted to cast an absentee vote. That’s where the road got rocky.

The political news world was hot with the story of 8,000 voters being purged from the rolls in Kentucky by Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Democrats, incensed over national coverage of similar stories, were convinced that Grayson, a Republican, had nixed people illegally. Shawn Reilly claimed he was one of those people who was allegedly illegally purged.

From the Associated Press/State-Journal:

When Shawn Reilly went to cast an absentee ballot recently, he found out he was among more than 8,000 people removed from voter rolls in Kentucky because they appeared to be registered in other states as well.

Reillys situation illustrates concerns the attorney generals office has with the move to purge Kentuckys voter rolls. Attorney General Greg Stumbo is seeking a court ruling to restore the names before next Tuesdays primary election.

Reilly, a 23-year-old University of Louisville student, says he will plead his case to local election officials on primary election day if a judge doesnt rule.

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Reillys case, meanwhile, has some special circumstances.

He initially registered as a Republican in 2000 a fact Reilly said he didnt realize until Wednesday; he said hes never voted for a Republican. Reilly listed his party affiliation as Democrat when he registered in March.

Due to a technicality, however, he wouldnt have been eligible to vote in partisan races next week, Fugate said. Reillys March filing wasnt considered a new registration because he was still on voter rolls in Kentucky, Fugate said. Instead, it simply was considered a change in party affiliation, he said. Thus, Reilly missed the Dec. 31, 2005, deadline to change party affiliation and still be eligible to vote in partisan elections in the May 16 primary, Fugate said.

Reilly said he considered his March filing to be a new registration, since he had moved back from South Carolina, where he previously attended school.

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Meanwhile, Reilly said he was cooperating with the attorney generals office in its case and signed an affidavit recounting his situation.

Reilly wasn’t illegally purged, as you can see. No one was.

What the AP story doesn’t reveal to you is that Reilly appeared at a press conference featuring a representative from Attorney General Greg Stumbo’s office and candidate Andrew Horne. Reilly pleaded his case before television cameras, claiming there had been a Republican con job, that he was a victim. That couldn’t have been further from the truth and he had dragged both the Office of the Attorney General and the entirety of a political campaign into a false claim of Republican corruption.

The other tidbit the AP story doesn’t reveal is that after that press conference, the campaign spokesperson sent Reilly home to obtain his voter registration card. That’s when the story all but died. Because that voter registration card revealed his status was not that of being registered within the Democratic Party in South Carolina. It was an embarrassing way to end an already failing campaign.

The following months saw Reilly attempt to run unsuccessfully for president of the Young Democrats while getting more deeply involved with the local Democratic Party. And on the surface, he appeared to be taking a break from the public eye.

Toward the end of 2006, Kentucky’s political world was heating up for the 2007 gubernatorial race. In light of then-Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher’s nationally known foibles, Democrats were excited. So excited that former Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry was chomping at the bit to launch his campaign.

Fresh off the Horne Campaign, I was in need of a job to pay the bills. So the campaign manager connected me with Henry and I was hired to be his Director of Finance. After a few weeks on the job, I uncovered massive corruption on Henry’s part, promptly resigned and turned all the evidence over to the Kentucky State Police Special Investigations Unit.

What ensued was a nearly three-year investigation that culminated in Henry pleading guilty to three charges of campaign finance fraud: using funds from a federal campaign account for a state-level race and using funds from two non-profit agencies to pay for his failed gubernatorial bid. On top of the counts to which he pleaded, Henry was forced to forfeit $600,000 and received a 12-month jail sentence that was deferred. Throughout the ordeal, he blamed everyone but himself.

Some media reports about the case:

Courier-Journal:

Former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry was pronounced guilty by a judge Tuesday afternoon of violating Kentucky election-finance laws in connection with Henry’s unsuccessful 2007 gubernatorial campaign.

Herald-Leader:

Former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry accepted a plea deal Tuesday for three misdemeanors related to misusing campaign resources during his failed 2007 run in the Democratic primary for governor.

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate sentenced Henry, 56, to a $500 fine and $156 in court costs, plus 12 months in jail, with the jail time suspended on the condition that Henry avoid further criminal problems for two years.

WHAS11:

After nearly 2.5 years of scrutiny and investigation, former Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry takes a plea deal for violating campaign laws.

Henry didn’t admit his guilt but he did admit there’s enough evidence to possibly convict him.

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Special Prosecutor James Crawford said, “his client stood up there and plead guilty so obviously somebody is concerned about the facts behind the case.”

Crawford says the evidence against Henry is overwhelming, starting with testimony from Henry’s former aid, Leslie Holland, the woman who brought the allegations of campaign finance fraud to the Attorney General.

All that’s relevant because shortly after news broke in every media outlet under the sun that Henry was under investigation – and those media outlets provided evidence to back up claims – Reilly sought Henry out for a job on his campaign. After weeks upon weeks of negative stories and law enforcement interviews, I have to reiterate that Reilly sought Henry out.

After the gubernatorial race and Henry’s loss, Reilly found himself involved with organizations like Public Campaign Action Fund, efforts like the anti-war Iraq Summer campaign and appeared set on remaining in the public eye. For him, it seemed as if the Scarpellini case was a thing of the past.

As luck would have it, though, that wasn’t exactly the case.

Check back tomorrow for Part Three of the story…

UPDATE: Click here for Part 3.