Sunday, March 25, 2007

Another ingrate shows his (lack of) gratitude for his big break into politics

Any "pop" that the Northup campaign hoped to get out of the announcement that former Fletcher administration Personnel Secretary Erwin Roberts was endorsing her instead of his old boss disappeared when, about the same time as Northup and the latest Frankfort Judas were appearing at a press conference, news began breaking that Tubby Smith was leaving UK.

Of course, the Democrat blogs and the liberal media have had a field day with Roberts' defection from the Fletcher camp, even in the face of "all Tubby, all the time" press coverage, but at the end of the day, what does it really amount to?

Roberts was a protege of Steve Pence, who pulled his own Judas act some weeks prior.

Hardly anyone outside Jefferson County had ever heard of Pence before Fletcher picked him to be his running mate. How many people even within Jefferson County had ever heard of Roberts before Fletcher appointed him a Cabinet secretary?

These two men owe their political exposure and viability to Ernie Fletcher, yet this is how they repay him.

Both Pence and Roberts have been particularly disingenuous in their recent attacks on Fletcher, but Roberts' conduct has been the more aggregious.

When high schoolers pledge their undying eternal love for one another, no one really believes it and therefore no one is surprised when they break up 8 months later. But when an intelligent adult expresses unqualified support in a resignation letter and then barely a year later does a 180, something stinks.

Roberts didn't have to pen glowing platitudes and compliments of Fletcher the man and Fletcher the governor in his resignation letter. All he had to do was write, "I hereby resign my appoinment as Secretary of the Personnel Cabinet effective two weeks forward from this date. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in your administration." But Roberts went much, much further than that. The Conservative Edge has a copy of his resignation letter online and you can head over there and read it for yourself to see the lavish praise Roberts heaped on Fletcher as he departed.

Now Roberts comes back and says, in effect, "I didn't mean all that?" Excuse us while we say, "bullcrap."

This is the same Erwin Roberts whose investigation into the hiring situation showed that nothing improper took place in the Personnel Cabinet regarding the qualification of job candidates and their placement on merit registers.

Now, since individual agencies do their own hiring, Roberts couldn't speak to what may have happened within Transportation or Environmental & Public Protection, but he did state unequivocably and for the record that all candidates on merit registers sent to agencies to fill vacancies were qualified according to law and policy.

Roberts was critical of the pardons Fletcher issued. Surely he has realized that he was heading for an indictment himself and that pardon probably saved him thousands of dollars in legal fees. He was also critical of Fletcher agreeing to allow Stumbo to drop the indictment of the governor with prejudice. How stupid does he think Fletcher is?

We're betting that if Roberts is ever charged with a crime (under bogus cover, especially) and the prosecutor later decides to dismiss charges, we don't think Roberts will say, "No, I don't accept this, let's go to trial and I'll take my chances.'

When Roberts resigned as Personnel secretary, his name was prominently mentioned as a candidate for attorney general. This was before Greg Stumbo opted to run for lieutenant governor instead of for re-election. At the time it appeared that Roberts was going to try carry the GOP's standard into battle to avenge Stumbo's politically-motivated prosecution.

But now, we wouldn't vote for either Roberts or Pence for dogcatcher. They have proven themselves disloyal and unworthy of public service.

9 Comments:

At 4:01 PM, March 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loyalty to Ernie? How about loyalty to McConnell? Everyone knows he's the most effective one in the party who brung all of the players to the dance. Including Ernie.

 
At 4:45 PM, March 25, 2007, Anonymous Sam Howard said...

Loyalty is not the real question.

The real question we should be asking ourselves is, “What is the cost of winning”? While the Democrats play nice with each other, to all of our surprise, the Republicans are positioning themselves to politically kill each other. It is not just the candidates that are providing fodder for the Democrats to use in the fall campaign, it is also the respected followers and supporters of the candidates.

The question I would like to have answered is as follows. After the primary is completed and May 3 rolls around how will you reposition yourself to support the Republican winner from the day before? If you have spent three months spreading negative opinions how you can you be loyal to our party, it will be difficult. How can we come together and support the Republican ticket?

Out of loyalty to the Republican Party, it is time to start preparing all Republican candidates to win the general election. Vocal support of individual candidates is what has allowed the Republican Party make historic strides in the past.

Vocal negative opposition to an individual candidate in the Republican primary can destroy what the party has achieved.

 
At 5:33 PM, March 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are so many Reublicans that have refused to show any loyalty to the sitting governor. How can Northup or Harper expect loyalty if they win the primary?

 
At 1:41 AM, March 26, 2007, Blogger jefferson poole said...

Politics as usual. It is shameful for you to use such language against a man for speaking his mind. Judas? Ingrate? Big break into politics? If Roberts is Judas, is Northup Satan or what? I mean, complete the analogy. Did Roberts work for anything he earned, or does he have to just bow down to Fletcher and thank him for giving him the opportunity to serve? Look at Roberts' accomplishments. I'd say Roberts was an asset to Fletcher, and I wouldn't like being pulled into a team that's going downhill.

You think people are elected into office so they can appoint people and do favors for each other and be loyal to each other? You're wrong.

If you govern properly, you don't need anyone's "loyalty."

You and CE and Brett Hall have really upped your rhetoric the last week or two. I guess you're feeling the heat. You're really cracking under pressure and in a way it's sad to watch.

 
At 7:58 PM, March 26, 2007, Blogger KentuckySteele said...

Dizzy... You make me so dizzy my head is spinning... Endorsements are insignificant, but you label everyone as a traitor to Fletcher, thats ridiculous

 
At 10:04 PM, March 26, 2007, Anonymous smartrepub said...

I suppose since Pence, Roberts and now Mike Inman (take your choice) are Judas - you must consider EF to be The Messiah. Do I detect a bit of heresy?
This web log is starting to take on the characteristics of a cult...

 
At 3:54 AM, March 27, 2007, Blogger KentuckySteele said...

Smartreb... I agree! Well said.

 
At 11:14 AM, March 27, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

We make no apologies for our support of Ernie Fletcher, nor for our beliefs that he has not been treated fairly by members of his own party and members of his own administration since this whole hiring investigation began.

We aren't quite sure what to make of Inman's comments except that there are some specific policies against using state computers to express private political opinions and also specific policies on who among state employees can talk to the press. If merit employees were violating those policies in their zeal to rip Fletcher a new one, then they deserve what they may have gotten.

And you never saw the claim that endorsements are insignificant made here. We just find it odd that the same man whose investigation cleared Fletcher's Personnel Cabinet of wrongdoing in qualifying candidates for merit system jobs is now endorsing Fletcher's opponent. We'd almost swear Roberts is saying he voted for the war before he voted against it.

 
At 5:56 PM, March 27, 2007, Anonymous smartrepub said...

Cult members see no wrong in what their leader does even when it is clear they have violated established law and moral principle. They blindly follow and never see wrong in their leaders actions even when that leader admits wrongdoing.

Based on your comments, it's apparent to me that you have access to inside information on the email trolling that is not published in news articles. Mike Inman stated regulations were not followed when access was requested to employee emails. He also stated Mark Rutledge bragged about what was being done which shows Rutledge has no regard for proper protocol and is devoid of moral principle.

As a long time Republican, it is frightening for me to see the attitudes expressed and total disregard for the law that appears daily in your web log.

Grow up and face the facts – Ernie Fletcher and his administration violated Kentucky law…

 

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