Yesterday, the News Division of louisville.com ran a short blurb from a Courier-Journal piece by Tom Loftus, describing a complaint filed by Steve Robertson, chairman of the state Republican Party, with three government agencies. In Robertson’s complaint, he alleges that Dr. Rodney Young, a 27-year state employee who works for the Department of Juvenile Justice, delivered a signed letter to Republican state headquarters Monday, claiming that he heard, second-hand from some co-workers, that the Cabinet’s Deputy Secretary, Charles Geveden, was pressuring state employees for contributions to Gov. Steve Beshear’s re-election campaign. The letter was also delivered to Attorney General Jack Conway’s office and Robertson filed complaints with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and Kentucky’s Registry of Election Finance.
Today, however, WHAS-11 is reporting that Robertson’s complaint has been dropped, and the charge filed against Governor Steve Beshear's re-election campaign has been dismissed by the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
Matt Erwin, spokesperson for the Beshear-Abramson campaign, responded to the WHAS story with the following statement: "48 hours after a poll was released showing the Williams-Farmer campaign down by 24 points, the Republican Party of Kentucky has filed a complaint based on unsubstantiated third party rumors. Nowhere in this complaint does the filer ever claim he was pressured by anyone to make a donation to a political campaign nor does he present any evidence that anyone was pressured to make a donation. Despite outspending his opponent on the airwaves, David Williams’ campaign is in free fall and has resorted to gutter politics. This complaint is based on gossip and should be treated as the desperate and baseless political stunt that it is.”
In a live video feed from Kuwait Tuesday, where Gov. Beshear was meeting with Kentucky troops, WHAS reporter Melissa Swan tried to get a reaction from the governor concerning the Republican complaint (see video below, at 7:14). "I don't know what story you're talking about... I've been visiting troops in Iraq and Kuwait," said Governor Steve Beshear. "When I return I'll look at whatever has gone on and look at facts, what I can tell you is that we always follow the law and we're going to continue to follow the law and take whatever appropriate action is necessary."'
Following up on his remarks, Gov. Beshear concluded, "Sounds to me like it's the typical campaign type of stuff that you see every time you have a campaign that the other side comes up with all kinds of stuff to try to allege and we'll take a look at it like we always do."
Scribd.com has posted a copy of Rodney Young’s letter to state Republican Party chairman Steve Robertson: CLICK HERE
Steve Robertson’s facebook page: CLICK HERE
WHAS-11 video: Gov. Beshear responds to news of campaign allegations