Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More on Beshear-Mongiardo rift: Political appointees reamed in employee meeting

Since our post yesterday on a rift between Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, we've heard more evidence that supports that assertion. This story involves a political appointment in the mountains that didn't go the way Mongiardo and his supporters wanted.

We are hearing that the person Beshear appointed to the non-merit job last year, shortly after he took office in December 2007, was forced out by area political movers and shakers who wanted someone else in the position.

Both times the position was vacant, Mongiardo lobbied for a close personal associate, who was very well qualified professionally, to get the job.

The Mongiardo associate didn't get it the first time, and after the political power play got rid of Beshear's first appointment, Mongiardo lobbied once again for his associate to get the job. Once again, Mongiardo's advice and recommendation was rejected. Instead, the Beshear administration appointed someone from outside the area involved to fill the position on an interim basis.

A couple of Beshear appointees from that particular agency visited the office yesterday to introduce the interim appointee. The Mongiardo associate also works at that office as a merit system employee. During the introductory meeting, the passed-over Mongiardo-ite gave the Frankfort visitors a verbal reaming. We're told that it was an uncomfortable moment for the new appointee, the other employees in the room and especially the Beshear administration appointees.

We're hearing that this particular person's rejection for a non-merit appointment is not the cause of the Beshear-Mongiardo estrangement but rather is symptomatic of the situation. Mongiardo was promised a say in personnel decisions, and so far he hasn't been given that.


At 1:06 PM, January 15, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guy's name is Bill Madden. He lives in Hazard and works in KYTC's Jackson district office as an engineer. His wife works in Mongiardo's doctor's office.

Twice Mongiardo has tried to get him appointed the head of the district office, and he's failed twice. Madden was a manager but he lost his manager's position when KYTC reorganized from five branches to four in the districts. So this administration has screwed over Madden three times despite Mongiardo trying to help get him a job. If Mongiardo can't get this guy hired in his own backyard, then he really has been shut out of the administration.

At 1:47 PM, January 20, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beshear can't get people appointed either. The King of Transportation... Joe Prather is the most powerful person in Frankfort right now. Steve and Dr. Dan need to get rid of King Joe if either of them hope to get elected to office ever again.

Tim Adams, the first appointee in Jackson, was an R from Guv Erine's crew and was had picked by King Joe's homeboy Uncle Grover. Adams was not who Beshear wanted!

From what I have heard and seen it's not as bad between Steve and Dan as it is between their staffs.

Things need to change or Steve need to go back to the farm and let King Joe and Prince Johnathan Miller run the kingdom.

At 10:34 AM, January 21, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's Uncle Grover?

At 3:16 AM, January 23, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does this blogger not throw out names? Pageonekentucky and Mark Hebert have no problem namig names.

At 11:05 AM, January 24, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Prather has long been tied to Grover Fredricks. That's probably Uncle Grover


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