Dueling complaints over alleged improper endorsements in the Louisville mayor’s race are now being handled by the Kentucky State Police. Each party claims the rival party’s candidate violated the law by trading influence for support.
The first complaint was filed by the Republican Party of Kentucky. It says Democratic candidate Greg Fischer promised significant power in Metro Government to independent candidate Jackie Green, who dropped out of the race and endorsed Fischer earlier this month.
E-mails from those involved show that Green had hoped for an influential role in Fischer’s proposed Office of Sustainability. A press release from the Fischer campaign says Green will help advise Fischer if the Democrat wins, but Green and Fischer deny any wrongdoing.
Similarly, the Kentucky Democratic Party has filed a complaint claiming that Republican candidate Hal Heiner promised former Democratic candidate Tyler Allen significant influence over transportation issues in exchange for a public endorsement. Their complaint is based on statements from Metro Council President Tom Owen, who talked with Allen before any endorsements were made public. Heiner and Allen deny any wrongdoing.
Attorney General Jack Conway is running for Senate and has donated to Fischer’s campaign. To avoid a conflict of interest, he passed both complaints on to the Kentucky State Police for further investigation.