Coincidences happen, we know. They just seem to happen more often when politicians and public money are involved.
Consider the case of state Rep. John Will Stacy.
In 2006, the West Liberty Democrat joined other area lawmakers in successfully pushing for $13 million in state funding for construction of a new courthouse in Rowan County. In 2008, the job of managing the project was awarded to a partnership of Packs' Inc. and Alliance Corp.
That same year, Stacy's financial disclosure forms listed Packs' as one of his sources of income for the first time. He has yet to disclose his position with the company and refused to answer Herald-Leader reporter John Cheves' questions about it.
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A woman answering the phone at Packs' headquarters Tuesday said Stacy does not keep an office there.
Surely, this is all a coincidence — just one of those crazy, serendipitous convergences of totally unrelated events that come together to paint a deceptively ugly picture.
Of course, these kinds of serendipitous convergences happen so frequently in state government, Frankfort qualifies as the coincidence capital of the commonwealth as well as its governmental capital.
So often, in fact, some Kentuckians might agree with Richard Beliles, state chairman of Common Cause, who says, "There is too much of a correlation between where some of our legislators work and what they're doing with the public's money."
We, however, prefer to keep looking at these convergences of politicians and public money through rose-colored glasses. We believe in coincidences. The Tooth Fairy, too.