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The Herald-Leader ran with this story yesterday. It brings to light some interesting information. Neither of Kentucky's Republican U.S. Senators have anything to say about this entire Fletcher situation.
Senators have little to say on pardons
by PETER MATHEWS
While some Republicans have defended Gov. Ernie Fletcher's pardons of nine current or former aides in the state hiring investigation, Kentucky's two Republican U.S. senators aren't saying much.
After an event in Richmond on Tuesday, Sen. Jim Bunning offered a terse "no comment."
Yesterday, Sen. Mitch McConnell fielded questions from Rockcastle County business leaders about energy policy, immigration and U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.
Afterward, a reporter asked him about Fletcher's move to protect his aides from prosecution:
Question: What do you think of the pardons?
Answer: I like the governor, I think he's doing a good job. They had a good session of the legislature, getting tax modernization and a budget.
Q: What about the pardons themselves?
A: That's what I have to say.
Q: Did he ask you for any advice before doing that? Did you offer any?
A: As I said, I like the governor. I think he's doing a good job. They had a successful session of the General Assembly with the tax modernization. Anything on any other subject?
Fletcher spokeswoman Carla Blanton said McConnell's comments are "probably reflective of a view that the governor shares: that it's time to move Kentucky forward and focus on issues that affect Kentucky families' daily lives."
A lot of people covered this yesterday but it's still quite interesting. McConnell is one of the powerful Republicans in the COUNTRY. Why is it he's not getting involved. I'll tell you why. They're watching Fletcher to see how he handles this. It's his own mess, he can get himself out of it. It's not the first time our good senator has told people to sink or swim and that's where Fletcher is now. And one could make a fair argument he's sinking.
posted by Stithmeister @ 8:18 AM
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