FRANKFORT — Democrats tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to persuade the Senate to reconsider its decision to deny confirmation for two minority women appointed to the state parole board by Gov. Steve Beshear.
Ultimately, the Senate voted against reconsidering its Tuesday decision not to confirm Monica Edmonds and Maria Mooney. When asked to explain on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said the action was the prerogative of the Senate GOP caucus.
The Republican majority in the Senate also refused late Tuesday to confirm the appointments of Cecil Dunn, Marvin Russow, Lawrence O'Bryan, David M. Williams, Joe Childers and Thomas Whetstone to various boards.
Beshear said at a news conference Wednesday the Senate handled the confirmation process as a "political matter."
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"There was no transparency to it," he said. "I'm told that ... none of the potential appointees were even contacted or talked to."
Many of the appointees had left the private sector to take the appointed positions and now will be without jobs, Democrats said.
Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, asked the Senate on Wednesday to reconsider Edmonds and Mooney, who he said were qualified to serve, noting that both had multiple degrees.
The Senate, mostly along party lines, voted down the measure.