Local Democrats attack Heiner on bridges project

The Jefferson County Democratic Party has released an advertisement via YouTube against Republican mayoral candidate Hal Heiner, which alleges he has a financial stake in pushing for the construction of the East End bridge.

The 39-second attack ad says Heiner, who represents the 19th District on the Metro Council, owns a business park in southern Indiana and accuses him of having a personal motive in his push to build a span that would connect southern Indiana and Kentucky at Interstate 265.

Check it out:

In September, Heiner’s opponent, Democrat Greg Fischer announced he was putting his business properties in southern Indiana up for sale┬ábecause it would be a conflict of interest. In an e-mail request sent earlier today, LEO has asked the Fischer campaign for any documentation that their candidate has sought to or has relinquished the Indiana property.

In a telephone interview, Joe Burgan, Heiner’s campaign manager told LEO Weekly that the city lawmaker has turned over the company’s operations, but does still retain a financial stake in the business that he would relinquish to a blind trust if elected.

“It’s desperation. It’s Greg Fischer running a poll with a message they’ve tested and turned over to the Democratic Party,” says Burgan. “It’s not something you do when you’re leading in the polls. And I expect it to continue, unfortunately.”

Meanwhile, the local press has already begun connecting the dots to Fischer, who has a history of mudslinging in political races. When asked about their role in the online video, the Fischer campaign wouldn’t answer directly if it had anything to do with the attack ad.

From WHAS-11:

In an internal poll conducted for the Fischer campaign in recent weeks, the Indiana property question was among the issues tested (most notably, the poll also included questions about the Jefferson County Public Schools student assignment plan).

Yet, when asked if the Fischer campaign had any role with the ad or had consulted with the Democratic party, Fischer spokesman Chris Poynter would only say “It’s a party ad.”

The East End bridge is part of the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, which Heiner has said needs to be scaled back and revamped in the face of $3 tolls. The east Louisville Republican has said completing the East End bridge would be a priority in his first term if elected mayor.


  1. Curt Morrison
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    This ad demonstrates the initial reason I opposed Greg Fischer from the very day he announced his candidacy a year ago.

    I have no doubt once the community is successful in lobbying in the re-opening of the Record of Decision, that Fischer will take the lead in promoting the ridiculous idea that the ORBP be downsized to only a Downtown bridge and Spaghetti Junction re-work, instead of the sourly needed East End bridge. Sure, he’ll do it in the name of “preventing sprawl” and affordability, but one need look only to this early analysis of his donor list to see what really winds his clock: http://www.historyandissues.org/louisville/viewtopic.php?t=1727&highlight=river+fields

  2. Steve
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Curt, “The Record of Decision does not reopen,” according to KYTC spokesman Chuck Wolfe.

    Here’s more detail: “If conditions change (change in project footprint, traffic, etc.), then a re-evaluation may be needed. Depending on the outcome of this re-evaluation, the FHWA may deem it appropriate to perform a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and an amended ROD.”

    I interpret this to mean that the ROD may be amended surgically, which debunks the myth that to alter it in any way opens a Pandora’s box of mayhem, chaos, anarchy and panic.

  3. Curt Morrison
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Greg Fischer: You Just Can’t Trust Him