Kentucky GOP Official Indicted in Probe

Here we go again with the GOP corruption, and the denial of any wrong doing. In Kentucky, a Grand Jury charged two members of the State Republican Party, with conspiracy and political discrimination for allegedly helping to make personnel decisions based on applicants’ politics.

A grand jury investigating alleged political influence in state hiring and firing indicted the Kentucky Republican Party’s treasurer and another GOP official Thursday.

The defendants are the first people outside state government to be charged in the months long probe.

Dave Disponett, the GOP treasurer, and J. Marshall Hughes, a district chairman, were charged with conspiracy and political discrimination for allegedly helping to make personnel decisions based on applicants’ politics.

The two are close supporters of Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher, and their names appeared frequently in e-mail exchanges about job candidates.

The governor has denied any intentional wrongdoing and suggested that the investigation by Democratic Attorney General Greg Stumbo is politically motivated.

The grand jury is investigating possible political interference in hiring for jobs that are supposed to be merit-based. It previously indicted 11 current or former members of Fletcher’s administration.

After the first nine were indicted, Fletcher issued blanket pardons intended to cover all those charged in the past or future. But whether the governor can pardon someone who has not yet been charged is a matter of dispute.

The story also describes Disponett as a builder who had an office in the capital and a state-provided secretary. Gee, corruption in the GOP with hiring practices. Where have we seen this before? And the blanket pardon, does this not sound like the same GOP ploy they tried to use in another investigation we are watching? Gov. Ernie Fletcher claiming the investigation by the Democratic Atty. Gen. is politically motivated, sounds familiar too doesn’t it?

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