Fletcher Reacts to Dropped Charges

By: Stuart Peck
By: Stuart Peck

Gov. Ernie Fletcher looked relieved Friday morning at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Bowling Green. The governor told an audience of about 200 people that divisiveness in Frankfort is holding the state back.

Fletcher says he still doesn't understand why there was an investigation since he has hired Democrats during his time in office.

"In fact, when you look at the hiring, we've had more Democrats in my political appointing then we do Republicans, so for then to accuse me of partisanship in that just didn't hold any water."

On Thursday, Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced he is dropping the charges against Fletcher regarding the ongoing Merit System Hiring Investigation.

Speaker of the House Jody Richards says he is surprised by Stumbo's decision to drop the charges. He hopes the state will still search for accountability regarding the hiring issue.

"I'm really concerned for the public right to know, to know who did what and under what circumstances and if they broke the law," said Richards.

At Friday morning's breakfast, Fletcher presented checks to three area drug task forces as well as Lifeskills and the Warren County ASAP in Bowling Green.

The Warren County Drug Task Force, received $145,000. The South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force was given a check for $95,000, while the Barren County Drug Task Force received $105,000.

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