Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Fletcher: From Promise to Pariah

From On the Right:


October 2003:

"The first priority is to clean up the mess in Frankfort. That message is resonating all across the state. Kentuckians have been embarrassed by the waste, fraud, abuse, inefficiencies, and scandals in Kentucky’s state government."


Governor indicted in merit hiring scandal;issuing blanket pardons for anyone involved in the merit hiring scandal; firing political appointees "who had done nothing wrong" after pardoning them; Chief of Staff Stan Cave's efforts to threaten legislators who were inclined to back Northup;using state funds to promote state parks and tourism during a political campaign after saying that he would not; passing out discretionary highway funds like political candy during a campaign and allowing a $12 billion shortfall in the Kentucky Retirement System.

He was our hope. Governor Fletcher pledged reform. He promised to transform the capitol. The Capitol transformed him. Today, he stands marred, scandalized, and previously indicted.

It’s the story of Newt Gingrich or one of the three stooges.

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