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RPK Chair Asks For Investigation Into Green Endorsement

The chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky has asked Attorney General Jack Conway to investigate a recent endorsement in the Louisville Mayor’s race.

Independent candidate Jackie Green dropped out of the race last week and endorsed Democrat Greg Fischer. E-mails released this week show that the two had discussed Fischer adopting some of Green’s policies on the environment. Eventually, Green announced the endorsement and said he would help advise Fischer in the creation of an office of sustainability in Metro Government. In one e-mail exchange, however, Green told his staff they may have a role inside a Fischer administration.

Green and Fischer deny that the discussions violate state law, which prohibits offering “things of value” in exchange for votes.

Republican Party of Kentucky Chair Steve Robertson’s letter to Conway asks the Attorney General to investigate the matter. Since Conway has donated to Fischer’s campaign, the letter further asks that Conway appoint a special prosecutor to the investigation.

Republican candidate Hal Heiner has repeatedly criticized the endorsement as a “backroom deal.”

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Allen Endorses Heiner In Mayor's Race

Former Democratic mayoral candidate Tyler Allen has endorsed Republican Hal Heiner in the general election.

Allen won ten percent of the vote in the Democratic primary. His campaign was largely based on opposition to the Ohio River Bridges Project. Lately, Heiner has proposed building the project in phases, starting with the east end bridge. That would be followed by a downtown bridge and a reworked Spaghetti Junction. While Allen favors only an east end bridge, he says Heiner has been the most receptive to revising the project.

“He has demonstrated that he is willing to think through the issue himself. He is willing to open his ears and listen to other ways of doing things and particularly open his ears and listen to the will of the people of this community who seem to be shouting fairly clearly that they want something different.”

Heiner has recently said he wants to scale back the Spaghetti Junction renovations. Allen is the second Democratic candidate to endorse Heiner, following Shannon White. Two others, Councilmen Jim King and David Tandy, have endorsed Heiner’s opponent, Greg Fischer.

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Tandy, King Endorse Fischer

Former Louisville mayoral candidates David Tandy and Jim King formally endorsed Greg Fischer Friday.

Fischer defeated the two Metro Councilmen in the Democratic Primary in May. Fischer finished with 45 percent of the vote, behind him were Tandy and King, each with about 20%.

Shannon White, who won about 2% of the Democratic Primary vote, endorsed Republican candidate Hal Heiner last week.

A spokesperson for the Heiner campaign criticized Fischer for welcoming endorsements from two Metro Council members after calling Heiner–also a councilman–an insider.

The four other Democrats who ran in the primary have not offered public endorsements of either candidate.

In addition to Fischer and Heiner, independents Jackie Green, Nimbus Couzin and Jonathan Mills will also appear on the November ballot.