While editors of this newspaper continue to pump out liberal points of view on the opinion page, they're never entitled to their own facts.
What they failed to disclose in the lukewarm endorsement is that Adam Edelen has taken $34,861 in campaign contributions from at least 33 registered lobbyists, the very individuals who led him astray in Frankfort two short years ago.
At that time — just six months after being named chief of staff to the current governor — this very newspaper reported that Edelen had partnered with a wealthy Frankfort lobbyist on two real estate deals worth $1 million.
Edelen's self-serving actions led to ethics investigations and forced the governor to strengthen the ethics policy for members of his own staff.
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Edelen has also taken $74,324 in contributions from 184 high-level state officials subject to direct oversight by the auditor, including employees of the scandal-plagued Kentucky Association of Counties and Kentucky League of Cities.
I've not accepted a single dollar from any lobbyist, state official or employee of an agency I might be called upon to audit.
Democrat Adam Edelen is not independent of the current administration in Frankfort. He cannot be an impartial auditor of Democratic appointees he worked with just two years ago. And he'll never be the disinterested watchdog of state government the legislature envisioned when it created the auditor's office.
Vote John Kemper for auditor on Nov. 8. Visit www.johntkemper.com for more information.