10/21/2005

Daily Kos: More indictments ... in Kentucky

Money Quote: Just a reminder that Republicans are corrupt at all levels of government... The Republican governor thinks he has pardoned any Republican caught committing any crime in the state of Kentucky. It would be funny if it wasn't such a brazen display of hubris and abuse of power.

More indictments ... in Kentucky
by kos
Thu Oct 20, 2005 at 09:48:18 PM CDT

Just a reminder that Republicans are corrupt at all levels of government. The Kentucky edition of the GOP is having a particularly nasty time of late.

A Kentucky Republican Party official, whom Gov. Ernie Fletcher let have a Capitol office and taxpayer-funded secretary, and another party official were indicted Thursday on charges of conspiracy to commit political discrimination.

State GOP Treasurer Dave Disponett, who is also on the state Board of Elections, and Bowling Green attorney J. Marshall Hughes were indicted on misdemeanor charges for allegedly plotting with administration officials and others to base rank-and-file personnel decisions on candidates' political affiliations.

The charges are the first outside of state government in the investigation that has been going on since May. Disponett and Hughes are some of Fletcher's close supporters and their names have appeared frequently in e-mail exchanges about job candidates.

There is an interesting debate over whether the (Republican) governor's blanket pardon for people caught in this scandal apply to these two who are not state employees.

Jodi Whitaker, a spokeswoman in Fletcher's office, said the governor's pardon applied to Disponett and Hughes [...]

"The law does not allow the governor to pardon unnamed people for uncharged offenses," [Prosecutor Scott Crawford-Sutherland] said. "This is an unprecedented act by a governor in Kentucky's history."

In other words, the Republican governor thinks he has pardoned any Republican caught committing any crime in the state of Kentucky. It would be funny if it wasn't such a brazen display of hubris and abuse of power.

Okay, it actually is funny, despite the hubris and brazen abuse of power.

Daily Kos: More indictments ... in Kentucky

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