Dear Courier-Journal: Ernie Fletcher isn't governor anymore
It seems someone forgot to tell the Courier-Journal that Ernie Fletcher isn't governor anymore and they can quit beating up on him.
In a "scoop" of less than monumental proportions today, the Louisville Birdcage Liner & Puppy Training Pad reports the the Pikeville hospital that recently hired Fletcher as a consultant received a large Medicaid settlement in October.
Immediately assuming the worst, the C-J sent hitman and hitwoman Tom Loftus and Debbie Yetter out to do another character assassination piece on the former governor.
What a colossal waste of time and ink. There is absolutely nothing fishy going on here.
For one thing, the payment was made in October, nearly a full month before the November election in which Fletcher lost his bid for another term.
And something else: In December, shortly before leaving office, Fletcher interviewed for a job out-of-state, long before the Pikeville consulting job was offered.
But perhaps the most telling fact in this matter is who defended Fletcher.
Masten Childers II spoke on behalf of Pikeville Medical Center and said he personally negotiated the settlement with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and that the governor's office had nothing to do with it.
Childers is one of the most partisan Democrat hacks you'll find east of I-75. He was a high-ranking official in Brereton Jones' administration, having served as secretary of the Cabinet for Human Resources during Jones' term. Childers would have no reason whatsoever to defend Ernie Fletcher if what he says isn't the truth.
Instead of continuing to beat a former governor, perhaps the C-J should turn its' reporters crack investigative skills on all the wrongdoing and fishy actions being taken in the current administration. Should Mr. Loftus or Ms. Yetter wish to contact us, we can give them probably a half-dozen leads that will lead to great stories if they only desire to look and do a little digging.
We'll check our e-mail (email@example.com) tomorrow but we don't expect a request for leads.