Heiner slams Fischer over Green endorsement in new ad

Launching the first attack ad in the race for mayor of Louisville, Republican Hal Heiner renewed his call for Democrat Greg Fischer to release the documents that were drafted with former mayoral candidate Jackie Green, an independent who withdrew after being promised “significant input” in selecting a cabinet-level office.

From the Heiner campaign:

In an advertisement Greg Fischer ran earlier this month he stated, “We need an open honest government…and nothing done in secret.”

Today we ask Mr. Fischer to heed his own words and stop operating in secret by releasing all documents drafted between the Fischer and Green camps. Transparency in government must exist in more than just campaign ads; it must be a central tenant of good governance and one that is exercised in good times as well as bad.

The Heiner campaign also released a new ad, where the East End Republican rips Fischer over the developments of the endorsement.

Last week, Green met with members of the Fischer campaign and in an e-mail sent to LEO, he outlined a discussion that took place with Fischer and his campaign staff. According to the bicycle advocate, Fischer’s team was drafting a document for him to drop out of the race and endorse Fischer.

In the Friday announcement, the Fischer campaign said Green would have significant input in selecting the Office of Sustainability, a new department that would report directly to the mayor and work to make Louisville a greener city.

“The politics of old has to stop,” says Heiner in the 30-second commercial.

Check it out:

Yesterday, the Heiner campaign pointed out that such agreements are against state law, which says that candidates are prohibited from making promises, agreements or contracts in consideration for support. According to the statuette, any person who knowingly violates those provisions could be guilty of a Class D felony and is punishable up to five years in prison.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    This is not an attack. These are facts. If Fischer feels hurt – it’s because sometimes the truth does. The only attack that has occurred is Fischer’s felonious demolition of the public trust. To run on a campaign of transparency only to conceal documents and then lie about their existence is an outrageous insult to the public. Citizens should protest.

  2. Curtis Morrison
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Protest? Hmmm.

  3. CrescentHillion
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Fischer has released the documents and they exonerate him from Heiner’s baseless attacks.

  4. Ken Jennings
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    No. They do not. WHAS 11 just reported there were more e-mail messages that weren’t released.

    The reporter said the other e-mails show a “smoking gun” that a job was offered. Did you just read The C-J’s stenography of Fischer’s campaign spokesman?

  5. Michael
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    The emails show Fischer made the initial contact. They show that his team offered a role in the administration to Green. And there is an actual document that was exchange and negotiated.

    All of which Fischer specifically denied. That’s fact.

    Delude yourself, however, you will, but please don’t vote and possibly saddle all of us with a liar.

  6. Sohl
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    In all the reports, Fischer keeps coming back to “…yes, ‘significant influence.’ Y’know, just like any other citizen.” To me, that’s just a shallow deflection taking the place of a flat denial that’s been made impossible by the light already shed thus far. Someone posted the statute somewhere — I’ll re-post. I’ve put in **s the parts that, to me, clearly validate the question Heiner raises:

    “121.055 Candidates prohibited from making expenditure, loan, **promise, agreement or contract as to action when elected, in consideration for** vote…..
    …..No such candidate shall promise, **agree** or make a contract **with any person** to vote for or support any particular individual, thing or measure, **in consideration for** the vote or the financial or **moral support of that person in any election**, primary or nominating convention, **and no person shall require that any candidate make such a promise, agreement or contract.”**

    Please don’t say I’ve selectively highlighted this to build a biased case. Legalese is written such that each phrase can stand on its own and leave as little room for interpretation as possible, and that’s all I see here in this statute.

    Regarding other coverage of this story, I think the LEO has really done well compared to the CJ! Truly, the CJ’s article is devoted to Fischer’s response and not the objective pursuing of the validity of the allegation. Plus, the reporter lost credibility with me when I read:

    “Hal Heiner began airing a 30-second television commercial Tuesday that infers Fischer’s deal with Green is improper.”

    Are you sure the ad didn’t *imply* improper dealings? Who edited this??

  7. Michael Lindenberger
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Following this hometown race with interest from afar. The ad may be effective, but how could LEO miss its essential dishonesty? Stephen, I like your work, but did you fail to see it, or did it not fit your narrative?

    The narrator says, “two hours later he got what he wanted and dropped out.” She is clearly referring to Green’s demand for a job.

    But all sides agree on this much at least: He did NOT get a job. Therefore he did NOT get what he wanted. An ad that says he did is dishonest.

    Doesn’t mean there aren’t issues to be raised about the way the deal went down. But LEO ought to at least strive to keep everyone honest, including itself.

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