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President of the Confederacy endorses K.C. Crosbie for State Treasurer

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October 7, 2011

Look, I ain’t no Hollenbach boy, but it deserves attention that yesterday the Crosbie campaign posted this to the facebook:

That’s the Jefferson Davis Memorial there. Davis, of course, was the Kentucky-born head of the band of pro-slavery advocates who declared war on the United States of America.

Go Kentucky!

Kentucky Right to Life endorses Democrat Steve Hamrick for Treasurer

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April 29, 2011

The Kentucky Right to Life Association recently published their endorsements for the upcoming Kentucky primaries. KRLA is the group that explains on their website how having an abortion will give you breast cancer. That is, if it doesn’t kill you. Either way, it’s much more dangerous than actually giving birth. So they’re all about scientifically accurate information and not dishonest scare tactics, thus any of the candidates would be proud to have their endorsement.

Like Democrat Steve Hamrick, running for State Treasurer. Yes, it appears that Hamrick and the KRLA have thrown a wrench into my “Anyone But Hollenbach” strategy. I called the good folks at KRLA today to ask how Hamrick filled out their survey, and they informed me that he gave the “pro-life” response on every question, and is “a very nice man”. If you haven’t checked out their survey, that means that Hamrick wants to criminalize abortion at the federal level, even in cases of rape and incest, is against the morning after pill, and lots of other repugnant stuff.

Now it’s true that Hamrick is running for treasurer and fortunately would have zero say in any policy relating to abortion or birth control, but could you really cast a vote for someone like this? Or give him a stepping stone to a future higher office? No, I’ll be skipping this race in May.

Of note is that not only did Todd Hollenbach not turn in responses, neither did KC Crosbie. Crosbie was actually the only Republican candidate on the ballot this year to not do so, neither did she turn in one to Frank Simon.

I also asked KRLA about some of their other endorsements. They confirmed in the Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture primary that Robert Farmer gave all “pro-life” responses, Williams answered roughly half/half, and Lackey gave some “pro-life” responses. Stewart Gritton and B.D. Wilson threw the survey in the trash.

I asked KRLA why they chose to endorse David Williams over Phil Moffett, even though they answered all of their questions “correctly” (i.e., they think that if a woman is raped and impregnated by her uncle, the government should force her to give birth). I was informed that David Williams had a long proven record of limiting women’s rights in the state legislature, and Moffett was unproven. In fact, they said that Moffett told them that he hadn’t really thought about their issues until a year ago when he decided to run for governor. I brought up how Moffett bravely came out for prosecuting women who have an abortion this week, and he informed me that KRLA is not in favor prosecuting women who kill their baby with a beating heart, rather just the doctor. Effing half-steppers. He said that Moffett’s statement shows how little he’s thought about the issue (i.e., he doesn’t have the B.S. PR talking points down). He also let me know that KRLA doesn’t support prosecuting women because their simple minds aren’t able to grasp what abortion is, and those meanie doctors and boyfriends manipulate their wee brains into doing so. They are victims, just like the babies they kill, you see. Such a wise and compassionate talking point…

Also of note, there was only one candidate that received a “VOTE AGAINST THIS MAN” warning: Jack Conway.

Jack Conway (D) – MUST BE DEFEATED, no response to KRLA PAC survey or National Right to Life PAC survey; strong pro-abortion position, said on “Straight Talk” (August 24, 2001) with John Yarmuth that his position on abortion is like Bill Clinton’s. The Rothenburg Report (March 8, 2002) said “Conway aligns himself with the Clinton approach to abortion.” (Bill Clinton vetoed the ban on partial birth abortion twice and issued five pro-abortion executive orders immediately after taking office.) Speaking to students at Manual High School , Louisville (February 22, 2002) Con-way said he was “pro-choice” and added “All right, if you got up and shaved your face this morning, sit down and shut up, cause this is not your issue. That’s the way I feel about it.”

FYI, Jack’s new website is here, if you want to sign up to volunteer or donate money in his fight against the KRLA, Mitch McConnell and King Coal endorsed Todd P’Pool.

Kentucky, meet your Republicans candidates!

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February 1, 2011

cn|2 has all of the fun video from the statewide Republican candidates forum this weekend in Paducah.

Here’s one reason why Kentucky Democrats would be well-advised to get over any disappointment they have with Jack Conway in the near future. Todd P’Pool (pronounced ‘pee pool’):

But what about the fun stuff? Well, meet the jolly Lt. Gov. candidate Bill Vermillion. As you can see at 2:55 in the video below, he is a Birther, to which he receives a big round of applause from the Republican audience.

Also sure to be fun is Auditor candidate Addia Wuchner, who explains to us that she won’t be afraid to go after Democrats, unlike Crit Luallen. Ahem.

Finally, Some Dude Named Bill Johnson spoke about wanting to disenfranchise hundreds of Kentucky voters in order to avoid the plague of Mexican voter fraud.

Sadly, Bill Johnson (who is a birther) has yet to propose/tout a Birther bill similar to the one that might pass in Arizona, so we can keep the Kenyan Muslin off the KY ballot in 2012. Oh, but he will…

See all of the candidates at cn|2 here, including Lexington’s KC Crosbie (who didn’t mention Mexicans, Obama, or Kenya).

KC Crosbie running for KY State Treasurer

January 5, 2011

There have been rumors floating around for a while now that Lexington council member K.C. Crosbie was going to run for either state auditor or state treasurer.

I can now confirm that Crosbie is throwing her hat in the ring for State Treasurer.

K.C. Crosbie vs. Todd Hollenbach? I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life, but if that’s my choice? Crosbie is no right-wing fundie Teabagger nut, whereas Hollenbach has had no problem associating with Frank Simon. And the word on the street is that the hammer is about to come down on Hollenbach, largely related to this stuff. Even big shot Democrats are scrambling to find a challenger to Hollenbach.

I kind of wonder if Crosbie is loony enough to get through a Republican primary in 2011, though, so this will definitely be interesting…

An even closer look at Lexington election results by council district (i.e., This is Gray Country)

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November 16, 2010

We’ve done two posts in the past 5 days looking at the election results by precinct in Lexington. Last Friday, we looked at Jim Gray’s incredible rise after the primary, as he was able to dominate not just on the north side, but south of New Circle Road, as well. Yesterday, we found that Jim Gray dominated precincts that voted for either Jack Conway or Ben Chandler, and only narrowly lost precincts that went for both Rand Paul and Andy Barr.

Today, we’re going to look at the results from two weeks ago by each council district in Lexington. We’ll look at Gray’s triumph in what was thought to be hostile territory, as well as look forward to 2012 council races.

The first 4 districts that we’ll look at are the ones that are home to Jim Gray’s biggest adversaries on the council: the 6th (Kevin Stinnett), the 10th (Doug Martin), the 9th (Jay McChord), and the 12th (Ed Lane).

Here are the results, for the 6th District in the races for Mayor, Senate and House:

Gray- 50.4%
Newberry- 49.6%

Conway- 49%
Paul- 51%

Chandler- 51%
Barr- 49%

This one initially looks like a real shocker. Jim Gray beat Newberry on the home turf of one his most conservative adversaries? Yes he did, and that’s remarkable. But even in a terribly down year for Democrats, this district was basically split even on the federal races, as this diverse and widely spread district stretches from African-American neighborhoods in the north to Hamburg gated communities in the southeast. The real question I have when looking at this district is how has someone as conservative as Kevin Stinnett represented this district virtually unopposed since 2004? Considering Jim Gray’s performance in this district, one would think that a more moderate/progressive candidate could finally give him a real run for his money in 2012. Then again, if Kevin Stinnett sees these numbers and moderates himself a bit over the next two years, he may wind up cutting that challenge off at the pass.

Here are the results in the 10th District, home of the Southside Screamer:

Gray- 52%
Newberry- 48%

Conway- 45%
Paul- 55%

Chandler- 48%
Barr- 52%

Jim Gray went into this conservative district of one of his adversaries where both Conway and Chandler lost… and won by 4 points. This is incredible stuff. Looking ahead to 2012, I think it’s safe to say that Doug Martin will have to look over his shoulder for a candidate that turns out to be better financed or more viable than Kevin Williams turned out to be. Sandy Shafer’s late entry into the race drew an amazing 9% of the vote, far more than I would have thought a write-in candidate could garner in a council race. If Shafer’s health continues to improve, one would think that she would be an odds on favorite to take back her seat that she held for many years. Or, there could be a viable moderate Republican in the vein of Linda Gorton or KC Crosbie that could take on Doug Martin in this district. One things for sure… this Gray Country, as Gray had 600 more votes than Martin in this district.

Here are the results from the 9th District:

Gray- 49%
Newberry- 51%

Conway- 40%
Paul- 60%

Chandler- 43%
Barr- 57%

This is one of the two most conservative districts in Lexington, home to perhaps Gray’s biggest adversary on the council and blowout losses for Conway and Chandler… yet Jim Gray almost pulls even with Newberry. This is another jaw-dropper.

McChord won by 6% in 2006, and has been unopposed the last two years. McChord would be a tough candidate to beat, but the viable moderate Republican avenue could be a winner. Or, previously term-limited and currently-awesome Jennifer Mossotti could come back and take her old seat. (and in my opinion, she would have Alice Forgy Kerr’s seat right now if the KDP hadn’t chosen Don Blevins to run over her).

Here are the results in the 12th District:

Gray- 47%
Newberry- 53%

Conway- 38%
Paul- 62%

Chandler- 40%
Barr- 60%

Easily the most conservative district Lexington, the home of Newberry’s biggest ally on the council… and Jim Gray only loses by 6 points and manages to steal away 12 precincts from Newberry. Remarkable stuff.

The results from these 4 council districts show that Jim Gray was able to go into what could have been hostile conservative territory and not only compete, but in the case of the 6th and 10th, win. I’m not sure what message Stinnett, Martin, McChord and Lane take from this, but they’d be rather dim to ignore it.


Alright, now for the rest of Lexington’s council districts, starting with the most conservative and going to the most liberal.

7th District (KC Crosbie):

Gray- 51%
Newberry- 49%

Conway- 48%
Paul- 52%

Chandler- 50%
Barr- 50%
(Barr won by 20 votes)

Another conservative-ish district that Paul and Barr won… another district that Jim Gray won anyway. I’m sure a good deal of this victory is due to help that both Scott and KC Crosbie provided in the district. Crosbie won her election easily, and it’s doubtful that she’s going to be flanked anytime soon from the right, as the close federal races show that this district isn’t exactly right-wing.

5th District (now Bill Farmer Jr.’s):

Gray- 56%
Newberry- 44%

Conway- 52%
Paul- 48%

Chandler- 51%
Barr- 49%

Here’s a slightly Democrat-leaning district… and Gray just cold blows out Newberry. Bill Farmer is a Republican and kind of a loose canon, but I assume that he won’t be too adversarial with Mayor Gray. At least he won’t be if he looks at his constituents.

4th District (Julian Beard)

Gray- 56%
Newberry- 44%

Conway- 52%
Paul- 48%

Chandler- 54%
Barr- 46%

Again, the 4th leans Democrat, but Gray wins in a blowout. Beard will likely sit here safely as long as he wants, because no one eff’s with Julian.

8th District (George Myers)

Gray- 55%
Newberry- 45%

Conway- 54%
Paul- 46%

Chandler- 56%
Barr- 44%

A solidly Democratic district that went solidly for Gray. No alarms and no surprises. As for 2012, I’m sure Ed Lane would like nothing more than to find a challenger to run against Myers, but anyone acceptable to Lane would not be acceptable to this not-conservative district.

11th District (Peggy Henson)

Gray- 56%
Newberry- 44%

Conway- 57%
Paul- 43%

Chandler- 59%
Barr- 41%

No alarms and no surprises. As we get into more heavily Democratic districts like this one, we begin to see Gray’s margin dip lower than Conway and Chandler, as some Democrats obviously go towards Newberry, though certainly not most.

2nd District (Tom Blues)

Gray- 55%
Newberry- 45%

Conway- 66%
Paul- 34%

Chandler- 67%
Barr- 33%

Those observing closely noted that Blues started to cozy up to Newberry in 2010. Time to start cozying of to Gray, me thinks.

3rd District (Diane Lawless)

Gray- 68%
Newberry- 32%

Conway- 69%
Paul- 31%

Chandler- 70%
Barr- 30%

This was easily Jim Gray’s best district, as the heart of Lexington’s downtown helped him double up Newberry. A source tells me that when Diane Lawless was asked how she feels about working with Gray instead of Newberry next year that she proceeded to do the cabbage patch. Developing…

1st District (now Chris Ford)

Gray- 67%
Newberry- 33%

Conway- 78%
Paul- 22%

Chandler- 79%
Barr- 21%

Shocking that Lexington’s African-American community forcefully rejected the guy against the Civil Rights Act and the guy at the all-white country club. Shocking. Chris Ford is kind of a mystery, we’ll see what we get out of him soon, I guess.


So there’s our 3rd edition of Fun With Lexington Election Results and Numbers. Until next time…

Lexington’s city government is looking… pretty good

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November 4, 2010

Lexington not only has a wonderful new mayor, but check out how good the new council looks.

If things went the wrong way Tuesday night, Lexington could have had 4 years of Newberry as mayor and Chuck Ellinger as vice mayor. *shudder*

Instead, we have Jim Gray as mayor and Linda Gorton as vice mayor (who should be great). Also, Bill Farmer Jr. replaces Cheryl Feigel in the 5th. Farmer is a bit of a wild card, but I’m pretty confident that he’ll be an improvement. Meanwhile KC Crosbie held onto her seat easily, and from all indications Chris Ford should be good in his first term in the 1st (though he’s got big shoes to fill following Andrea James). And Steve Kay on the council helps fill the void of Gray.

This means that all of a sudden the 4-person cabal of Ed Lane, Jay McChord, Kevin Stinnett and Doug Martin is looking mighty, mighty small and insignificant. Look forward to lots of impotent rage from these folks over the next 2 years, while Diane Lawless & Co. sit back and chuckle at their political misfortune.

The Southside Screamer may have won, but at least we’ll have lots of temper tantrums and pouting to look forward to…

…and that LFUCG city council that’s looking pretttty prettty pretty good.

Teresa Isaac, Julian Beard, Scott Crosbie, Dick Decamp… ALL endorse Jim Gray for Mayor

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October 12, 2010

All four 2002 Mayoral candidates together on one stage… follow along with Joe via that thing the kids do.

JOE UPDATE: Video coming soon.

August 9th LFUCG special investigation committee meeting

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August 10, 2010

Linda Blackford’s write up is here. Allow me to fill in the color.

OK, here were the big three bombshells:

1. Patrick Johnston claims that Bill Hamilton and a couple of KLC employees invited him to lunch in March of 2007. They told him that Mayor Newberry wanted to hire KLC, and spoke of placing him on the board if they were hired. Yes, this KLC and Hamilton. Ahem:

2. Patrick Johnston claims that Logan Askew asked him to modify his executive summaries on the insurance bid of KLC in a way that made their numbers look better. He claimed that the final numbers matrix given to the council was unethical. Johnston eventual stopped fighting, because it was a lost cause fighting with Askew on this matter.

3. Logan Askew revealed that Jim Newberry top adviser Joe Kelly tipped him off that he was being investigated by someone within the government in Fall 2009, which led to Askew getting Johnston’s fraud reports from Bruce Sahli by an open records request. The documents given to Askew were redacted to matters involving himself, but named Patrick Johnston as the author of the allegations. The question remains who tipped Joe Kelly off to this, but I think you can do the math here. This is especially mind-boggling because Sahli has denied these documents for so long by passionately defending the anonymity of the person who fills out the fraud assessment surveys. Yeah, not so much…

So those are the big 3 from yesterday, as Patrick Johnston finished his questioning and Logan Askew is set to continue next Monday.

Here’s all the the other drama from yesterday, from the top:

Logan Askew walked into the small 5th floor conference room flanked by two attorneys from Lexington’s most powerful law firm, Bill Lear and David Rouse. You could almost hear the Vader theme.

Patrick Johnston was up first taking questions from Crosbie about Lexington self-insurance policy, the rules set out for LFUCG in 1987 and vehicle insurance. Johnston then went into the city hiring Collins and Co. in FY 2009 to adjust property claims, which he claimed was duplication of services for the city. He also claimed that the Law Department changed how workers comp claims data was shared with Risk Management in 2008, as Collins & Co./KLC would not share financial data that RM would enter in as they used to, rather they would give simply show RM the bill long after the fact. But he did find certain claims by Collins to be abnormally high, but he was now out of the loop by this point.

He spoke of a brief meeting with himself, Bill O’Mara and LInda Rumpke on what fraud constitutes, but not the specifics of his fraud allegation that was supposedly confidential.

Also noted by Crittenden and McChord was a “2nd Mountjoy letter” in which they claim that while a bunch of Newberry’s administration was notified of Johnston’s 2nd fraud report, they did not receive the actual fraud reports themselves. Well, except for Sahli. And we know how Johnston’s name spread like wildfire after that.

Jay McChord then went into his line of questioning for the day, which consisted of “who committed fraud here” and “who have you been speaking to”? Johnston answered the first question after consulting his lawyer, saying that his fraud report spoke of fraudulent actions within government but did not specify an individual with fraud. as for the second question, Johnston said he spoke with Crosbie after his job had been eliminated, and that he had spoken with his staff in back from the time that he submitted his allegations. McChord then asked how the Herald Leader got a hold of his emails, and he said he did not give them and has asked the Herald Leader to find out who did turn those over. McChord also had a line of questioning that tried to paint Marsh as a horrible incompetent insurer, that Johnston batted away. I assume this will be a further strategy of team Newberry, painting Johnston as beholden to a big bad insurance firm, and that’s why he had it out for poor KLC.

He was then questioned about the consultant hired by LFUCG, Management Partners, which decided to break up Risk Management and eliminated his job early this year. He says he was never given the opportunity to provide any feedback on their recommendations.

Johnston also claimed that KLC would not unbundle their costs/services/numbers, even though Johnston asked them to do this repeatedly in 2007 when the bid occurred. Johnston voiced his concerns to Askew that their behavior on this was a red flag on how they might behave in the future, but Askew dismissed this. It was at this point that Johnston said he became submissive to Askew, as his concerns were being ignored and it became obvious that folks were hell bent on KLC (my words). Johnston also said that his concerns about conflicts of interests with KLC were included in his executive summary package on the bid, but were taken out.

Johnston also said that he had no meeting with Sahli in 2009 about his fraud report that was now under review by him. Johnston told him to expect it just before Mountjoy sent it to him, but Sahli never asked Johnston to provide him with information before dismissing his allegations.

Under questioning from Gorton, Johnston said that he also mentioned in his fraud report a concern of institutional fraud, as there is a lack of disclosure forms from vendors. Myers asked why he didn’t follow up after that, and Johnston said no, because he was already fearing for his job.

Finally there was talk of a June 19th 2009 memo about KLC placement and fees, and an administrative aide (Willy Fogle?) asking him about the memo on behalf of two anonymous council members. I haven’t seen or heard about this one, so I’m not entirely sure what this is all about.


Then it was time for Logan Askew, flanked on the left and right by his high priced lawyers.

Logan said he wanted time for an opening statement and went right into a voluminous sob story. He said he’s always appreciated his job and role within LFUCG, and he’s never had the impression that he wasn’t respected by certain council members until now. He said this entire investigation has brought “personal hardship” to him and his family. He told us the horror story of his 18-year old daughter getting asked by one of her friend about seeing her dad’s name in the paper, which caused at least 7 people in the room to catch the vapors and collapse onto their fainting couches. There was not a dry eye in the house. (he even brought his wife and kid to the meeting for full effect). He said that members of this committee have said disturbing things about him, and that he’s never engaged in fraud. He said that he’s here to give the facts.

Logan Askew is my Alpha Dog of the Week.

Askew opened under questioning from Crosbie about what a horror “look backs” are when it comes to insurance bids, saying it is unethical to get a lower cost for services, I guess? Not exactly sure what his logic was here.

Then Crosbie asked him if he’s ever seen the fraud report, and Askew said that he’s seen a “portion” of it. Crosbie asked “what portion”? Askew then, (as I mentioned in #3 at the top of this post), went into getting it from an open records request, as Newberry’s adviser Joe Kelly tipped him off on the investigation last fall. He got the portions that mentioned him, and also the identity of the author as Patrick Johnston. Lawless asked him how Kelly found out about that, and Askew had a long pause, eventually saying that she should ask Joe Kelly that question. Lawless said she was disturbed that this supposed confidential document got to Askew with his name on it. Askew said this was perfectly fine, since you can ORR anything that you are named in. Judge Crittenden then stepped in to say “so you’re saying that the Mountjoy papers aren’t really confidential if they name someone in government”? At which point, Askew hemmed and hawed a bit, before Lawless cut in and said “no wonder people in government are terrified to fill these forms out”, and “I wonder why he’s the only one that’s ever filled this form out”.

McChord then provided the unintentional humor, jumping in to say how this sounds like a flawed law. You see, nobody actually broke any rules, and this is one of those things that “deserves a hard look” later on so we can improve them. In other words, Newberry’s strategy for dismissing everything the auditor or committee finds here by saying we just need to tweak procedure and nobody actually broke these “flawed rules/procedures”, and such.

Askew them spoke up and asked the committee for Johnston’s first fraud report. The committee explained that they couldn’t just give him the document, and Diane Lawless jumped in with the line of the day:

“Ask Joe Kelly for it”

That’s just fun.

In between this talk of Askew getting a hold of the fraud report was some more talk of Marsh. McChord asked a line of questioning on “look backs”, then asking the oh-so loaded question of whether this constitutes “bid rigging”. Askew said golly I don’t know, but then went into a “hypothetical” example of someone helping out a “good friend” who works at an insurance company by letting them bid lower so they can get a contract. He said that doing so was not appropriate to do with taxpayer money. Irony flashing sirens went off all around the room at this point.

At one point when referring to Patrick Johnston’s concerns about KLC/Hamilton, Dawn Angarone stood up in the back of the room and wanted to speak, but she’s up for questioning later. She said she wanted “the truth to come out early”. Fascinating. We’ll hear from her eventually.

Crosbie then turned around McChord’s question of Johnston by asking Askew if he’s spoken with any committee members or about the work of this committee, or if he’s mentioned this committee in any of Newberry’s Monday morning meetings. Askew answered no. Sirens!

Under questioning from Lawless, Askew said the only contact with the outside(?) auditor during an investigation was in 2008. He answered his questions and never heard back from them. Mountjoy never contacted him in 2009, he says.

The meeting ended with all of the Joe Kelly drama, and they suspended the questioning of Askew until next Monday.

Afterwords, Askew’s lawyer Bill Lear went up to Julian Beard and tried to convince him that once he hears the full story from the staff, he will know that fraud wasn’t committed. He said that all possible information might not have been presented to Council, but this doesn’t legally constitute fraud.

Oh, and then word spread like wildfire that Bruce Sahli had just sued George Myers. Yeah. I’ll have more details/verification of that asap.

So what we have is KLC doing their sweet-talk routine to Johnston in 2007 (in which they say that Newberry is already on board), then Askew telling him to leave out information that wasn’t KLC-friendly to the council before they approved KLC.

And, of course, that certain people who having been denying documents based on “confidentiality” apparently didn’t care so much about that in the fall of 2009. And not only did they know all about Patrick Johnston blowing his whistle, they decided to get rid of him shortly thereafter.

Fun stuff. To be continued MOnday at 2:00….

August 2nd LFUCG special investigation committee meeting

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August 2, 2010

A lot of ground to cover, lets get rolling. (For starters, good to see Diane Lawless back and healthy(er) after her long illness)

George Myers started the meeting discussing what information the committee received from the subpoenas it issued. Patrick Johnston complied with the requests, giving “copies of any documents provided to Mountjoy, Internal Auditors, Commissioners & Senior Staff, which support the allegations contained in the Fraud Risk Assessment questionnaires.” So did the external auditors at Mountjoy, as they gave the “documents relied upon in determining findings regarding allegations contained” in the fraud reports, as well as their summaries and who they sent these to. Logan Askew did not provide the documents requested, but stated that he would. He claimed that there were email server issues that prevented him from handing over the requested emails on time. Bruce Sahli flatly refused to provide the requested documents, and again claimed that the committee has no subpoena authority.

Regarding Mountjoy’s response, the big eye opener was who they shared this information with in 2009. According to their letter, they sent information regarding Johnston’s fraud allegations to not only Internal Auditor Bruce Sahli, but Law Commissioner Logan Askew, Internal Audit Board Chair Dewitt Hisle, the Finance Commissioner (was Kyna Koch, then Linda Rumpke), the acting Finance Commissioner Bill O’Mara, the director of purchasing Brian Marcum, and Newberry’s Senior Adviser Joe Kelly. This is fascinating stuff considering that once KC Crosbie starting asking questions about this, everyone pleaded ignorance. Also fascinating (as Lawless would state) that everybody was getting this information except for the Council, which was later denied this information when requested because they were a “3rd party”, as stated by their “counsel” at the time, Terry Sellars. Very interesting stuff.

Logan Askew, who was asked for a large amount of correspondence on July 15th, provided a letter two days after the deadline on July 30th (last Friday) saying that he would give this information. Yet he provided a string of emails from that day stating that he could not give them because of email server/software issues, sounding confident that they would be resolved sometimes this week. Alrighty. Meanwhile Shaye Rabold was busy telling folks that after the State Audit report comes out (1-2 weeks?), the special investigation committee should be ended. Quite interesting.

Bruce Sahli’s response was what we have come to expect from him. He denied the requests and said that the council has zero subpoena power. Below is his lawyer Terry Sellars’ letter to Judge Crittenden, and Crittenden’s reply:

George Myers was not too happy, saying that Mr. Sahli “forgot who he works for, and who he serves”, calling the response “ridiculous” and saying that he is “out of touch”. Oh, and that’s not all. He gave a strong indication that he is in favor of the committee recommending a “penalty” for Sahli that they would send to the council for a vote.

Askew might be in big trouble. Sahli IS in big trouble.

The committee then made a motion to ask the following people to come before the committee and answer their questions. If they do not agree to do so by the end of tomorrow, they will subpoena them to appear before the committee.

Patrick Johnston (LFUCG Risk Management Director)
Logan Askew (LFUCG Law Commissioner)
Bruce Sahli (LFUCG Internal Auditor)
Joe Kelly (Newberry senior adviser, member of internal audit board)
Bill O’Mara (LFUCG Director of Revenue)
Kyna Koch (former LFUCG Finance Commissioner)
Mary Fister (LFUCG Director of Accounting)
Dewitt Hisle (former chair of audit board, Newberry campaign treasurer)
Tom Sweeney (LFUCG claims manager)
Dawn Angarone (LFUCG Dept. of Law)
Linda Rumpke (LFUCG Finance Commissioner)
Luther Sinclair (LFUCG risk management analyst)
Mike Skidmore (LFUCG safety and loss control manager)

The “direct conversations” will begin next week (August 9th 2:00), with the top 3 mentioned likely to be the first up (though Sahli will almost certainly refuse to do so). So stay tuned for those fireworks, for sure.

But what was certainly of note in the room today (besides the absence of a cursing Doug Martin) was the behavior of Shaye Rabold. Not only was she saying that the committee should end after the auditor’s report comes out (1-2 weeks?), but she kept mentioning over and over again to those around her how much Judge Crittenden is being paid to be there and serve as counsel for this committee.

It’s so wonderful for Mayor Newberry’s Chief of Staff to be in the room personifying the behavior of the entire administration during this whole ordeal.

Deny. Obstruct. Delay. The Newberry Way. (oh, and whine, too)

At the circus, with Doug Martin

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July 2, 2010

Well, not since a red-faced Ben Chandler angrily poked me in the chest in 2007 have I been confronted with such a case of blogger-induced hysteria from an elected official. Well, actually Doug Martin was never elected (as he was appointed by Mayor Jim Newberry for his seat), but you know what I mean.

As the Herald Leader and I told you last night, LFUCG 10th District Councilman Doug Martin completely flipped out and dropped about 15 F-bombs on me in front of several onlookers after yesterday’s special investigation committee. Vapors and fainting couches, all around.

Since all of the major work of the committee was done in closed session while all non-committee folks waited in the hallway for 90 minutes, there’s almost nothing for me to report on in terms of progress with the committee’s work.

What I can report on, however, is Doug Martin humiliating himself both during and after the meeting. So let’s just get into that, shall we?

After the closed session was over and we were invited back into the conference room, Doug Martin was suddenly sitting at the table with the committee members. Which was odd of course, since he first eagerly volunteered to be on the committee when it formed, then made a public spectacle about leaving the committee in order to discredit it, and hasn’t shown any interest in their work since. But there he was, sitting quietly while the members went over a discussion of what constitutes “work papers” of Mounjoy.

But after they moved past this, George Myers let Doug Martin speak. And he opened up a ginormous can of Whine. He was crying about the fact that they didn’t let him into the committee members-only closed session. Even though he isn’t on the committee, and dramatically left the committee, he now suddenly wanted to be privy to it’s closed session. Myers then had to inform him that this is what the council voted on unanimously, also noting that Doug Martin’s amendment to have all council members be committee members was defeated when Martin was the only person to vote for it. It was one of the most sad and pathetic displays of whining I’ve ever seen by a grown man.

But he wasn’t done there. He also made a strange and incoherent complaint that the committee didn’t set a closing date for itself, and therefore they would be acting illegally if they continued. Myers calmly read back to him what the council had voted on for the committee’s duties, how the July 6th report of the committee was explicitly described as “interim”, not final, and how they were given the task of investigating this until they could come to a conclusion about what happened. This did not deter Martin, as he kept saying the same thing over and over again about the committee breaking the law. Myers continued to calmly restate what the council voted for, and continually had to repeat to Martin that if he wanted to change what the committee’s duties were, he was free to bring it up in the council meeting that night or at another time.

The most humiliating part about this for Martin is that nobody had his back. Judge Crittenden put him in his place a bit at one point, which elicited nods of approval from even Jay McChord. And this was noticeable, because throughout most of the time Martin was whining, McChord had his head in his hands with his eyes closed, wincing. Martin continually reached out to Feigel to back him up, but she was having no part of it. KC Crosbie just looked like she was in awe of what she was witnessing. And Beard, of course, wasn’t taking any of this shit. As I was live-tweeting it, I explained all of this as the train wreck was happening in front of me. I called him a clown, because he was acting like, well, a clown.

After Martin had enough with the members ignoring his grand wisdom, he grabbed his papers and stormed out in a huff, with everyone else staying in the room as the members ironed out a few details before they adjourned. Right before they officially adjourned, Martin showed back up in the door frame, where he was giving me a death stare from across the room. He had apparently gone back to his office that was 20 feet away to read what I had written about his “performance” before the committee. Yes, it looks like somebody’s bruised ego was out for blood.

They adjourned, and the red-faced Martin made a beeline to me, beginning his tirade with this:

“Fuck off. Fuck you. Who the fuck are you? What the fuck is wrong with you? Fuck off. Fuck you.”

Oh, but that was only the beginning of the fucks, I assure you. He then went on to mock my state of poverty, explain to me how he was the only one in the room that cared about the law (think Walter “mark it zero!” in Lebowski), and say “fuck you” about 8 more times. Those last 8 were probably because I was laughing uncontrollably at him the entire time. By the end, I just told him to look at himself in the mirror and stop humiliating himself, he’s had enough of it for one day and was completely out of control. He gave me the “I’m the only one who cares about the law and standing up to it” routine, to which I had to reply “you’re just one man who is fighting the system. You’re like Rand Paul!”. To which he gave me his final “fuck you” and stormed out for good.

So… when I call him a clown, maybe you can see why. After all, there are happy clowns, and there are angry clowns:




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