Friday, February 08, 2008

Second page for Little Jackie Conway

Looks like once again, the Beshear administration has stumbled on a personnel matter.

This time, it appears that the geniuses now in charge of our state illegally fired a serviceman who was also an employee of the governor's office, and are now trying to justify that act by making suspicious after-the-fact maneuvers.

Sound familiar? It should. This was the same way the new administration handled the questionable raises given by former State Treasurer (and current Finance and Administration secretary) Jonathan Miller to his gal pal and former Treasury "girl Friday" Brooke Parker. They backdated some ACE awards, in total disregard for laws specifying the amount and frequency of ACEs.

Our new attorney general, Little Jackie Conway, who pledged to enforce the laws, has been MIA on the Miller-Parker situation.

Now we're paging Little Jackie Conway again. You need to investigate the situation surrounding Eric Landis' termination. We're not counting on it, though, since you and Beshear share that little (D) after your names.

But there's a silver lining in this cloud. Landis' employment situation is also governed by federal laws, which also appear to have been broken in this regard. A federal investigation is not out of the question here. Conway can save face by getting ahead of the feds on this, but if he doesn't, not only will he be further exposed as the partisan hack he is, but he'll be embarrassed because he let the feds beat him to the punch.

This is now the third high-profile personnel blunder made by the Beshear administration. The Miller-Parker situation, the Landis affair, and the PSC firings all got play in the press. We're aware of several other missteps that have not yet seen the light of day -- yet being the operative word.

Not good for a man who was elected primarily because of personnel decisions made by his predecessor, and for a man who promised to obey personnel laws if voted into office. But as we have said many times before, Beshear's record on staffing issues, dating back to his term as attorney general, is one of disdain for the state's personnel laws and policies. Why should anyone be surprised at the latest turn of events?

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