Thursday, January 24, 2008
Boys are Back In Town
Ernie Fletcher and his administration screwing up was the main reason Steve Beshear is governor. If Gatewood Galbraith had been the democratic candidate in the General Election he would be governor now.
So I continue to be amazed at the inability of this administration to understand that perception is as important as reality. In less than six weeks of this administration we already have had:
A move to put the Ethics Commission under the Finance Cabinet,
A bill to lessen the Governor’s responsibility in contracting,
The first act of an efficiency effort is to hire a guy at a salary of at least $73,000 per year,
Hiring Ben Chandler’s wife, I won’t even go into some of the Bozo’s they have hired to work for her. Allow me to translate, Executive Assistant equals political payoff for services rendered.
Killing the Jonathan Miller / Brooke Parker investigation,
Reinstalling all of the good ‘ole boys and girls,
And on the political side, encouraging Bruce Lunsford.
And that doesn't even take into account pimping for the Casinos.
And now this from the Herald Leader:
After Gov. Steve Beshear ran a successful election campaign promising government reforms to "earn the trust" of Kentuckians, one of the administration's first moves was to install non-essential turn arrows at a stoplight in the new Transportation Cabinet secretary's neighborhood.
I had hopes for this administration but I have to agree with Ronnie Ellis:
There was a sense during the campaign that Steve Beshear might bring some fresh new faces to Frankfort, but some of his appointments have a fairly familiar look. While he promised to return competent, ethical leadership to Frankfort, three of his appointments appeared to have conflicts of interest, although they were given qualified clearance by the ethics commission – while another was involved in a personnel board hearing over a hiring question in his previous position.
This boys are back in town but they appear to be as clueless as the bunch that just left.