Ex-Judges Entourage Running Deceptive Negative Ads
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#1 May 1, 2010
I will call all of the negative, deceptive campaigning BILLGATE
#2 May 1, 2010
All the MALARKEY that has been thrown toward Wayne T by the Billgate bunch is all blatant lies.
#3 May 1, 2010
Mr. Deskins' ad in the News-Express misconstrued what Judge Rutherford actually said about KACO. Here is what was actually reported in the Lexington Herald on July 16, 2009:
The top official in Eastern Kentucky's most populous county accused the Kentucky Association of Counties of spending public money "like drunken sailors" and called for swift corrective action, including replacing those who made improper purchases.
Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford e-mailed a three-page letter on Wednesday to his colleagues in county courthouses across the state that says KACo's executive committee officials "completely failed in their duty of oversight of the executive director" and of KACo's spending.
Rutherford wrote that he was particularly troubled by charges made on KACo credit cards to "gambling casinos (and) strip joints" at the same time the organization increased administrative fees on its insurance and finance products.
He also called on the non-profit organization — which provides insurance, project financing, training, lobbying and legal services to counties — to lower its rates and cut dues, which each county pays from tax coffers.
In a review of KACo's spending, the Herald-Leader found last month that the top five officials spent $600,000 on travel and other expenses in two years. In addition, KACo's 2008 president, Spencer County Judge-Executive David Jenkins, spent nearly $20,000 during his one-year term.
Among KACO's expenses were two $7,000 dinners, hotel rooms costing $450 a night, charges to two Louisville strip clubs and $445 spent with a Lexington escort service.
In a play on KACo's motto — "working for you in ways you never imagined" — Rutherford wrote that "these people spent money in ways I never imagined!"
#4 May 1, 2010
I applaud Judge Rutherford. This took courage on his part to speak out against KACO's misuse of funds. If you want to read the article in its fullest extent go to http://www.kentucky.com/2009/07/16/v-print/86... .
#5 May 1, 2010
Go to http://www.kentucky.com/2009/07/23/v-print/87...
Kentucky Association of Counties President J. Michael Foster called a special board meeting for Thursday to pitch a new package of financial oversight reforms, including the formation of a regular auditing committee.
"I will be recommending a comprehensive set of guidelines to help us address our financial management issues," said Foster, the Christian County Attorney.
He declined to reveal those specific proposals. He said he wants to present them first to the 34-member board, made up of county officials.
He did, however, confirm that he will form an internal auditing committee to review the organization's spending.
This comes as some local officials have become increasingly critical of KACo's expenses after the Herald-Leader reported that the non-profit organization's top five leaders spent $600,000 on travel, meals, gifts and other items in 2007 and 2008.
KACo officials have conceded that financial oversight was weak.
Executive Director Bob Arnold, who was responsible for more than $350,000 of the expenses, approves staff spending. But no one reviewed Arnold's expenses.
And no one questioned charges to two Louisville strip clubs or a Lexington escort service made last year on the KACo-issued credit card provided to KACo's 2008 president, Spencer County Judge-Executive David Jenkins. Jenkins has denied making the charges.
Arnold has denied making a charge on his KACo card to the same Lexington escort service in 2007.
Foster has tapped Lexington lawyer Brent Caldwell, who has served as outside counsel for KACo for about a decade, to lead an investigation into who signed the receipts at the strip clubs and escort service.
Caldwell said only that he is "making progress."
KACo is funded by dues paid from county coffers and from income for insurance and financing services KACo sells to the counties.
In March, Foster implemented some expense policy changes, such as tapping KACo's general counsel, Tim Sturgill, as chief financial officer to review all employees' expenses and prepare monthly out-of-state travel reports for the KACo board to review.
State Auditor Crit Luallen just launched an investigation into KACo and will recommend other financial controls.
In the meantime, Foster will assemble officials with financial backgrounds to serve on KACo's internal auditing committee.
Bath County Judge-Executive Carolyn Belcher, an accountant whom Foster will nominate to that panel, said she thinks it's important to improve KACo because its services are crucial.
"Tighter controls and checks and balances are needed," she said.
In Boone County on Tuesday, County Commissioner Cathy Flaig issued a statement criticizing KACo's board for allowing "tax dollars to be so severely mismanaged" on expenses. She also criticized Judge-Executive Gary Moore for taking a KACo-funded trip to Hawaii for a national conference in 2005.
#6 May 1, 2010
Mr. Deskins' ad in the News Express also said, "The present county judge is not living in reality. You can't run down a person one day (referring to KACO) and win back respect by praise on another - but that is his way of doing business." What this ad is referring to is the $91,625.72 dividend check the Pike County Fiscal Court recently received from KACo's All Lines Fund (KALF), which provides property and casualty insurance coverage to county governments and other political subdivisions across Kentucky. Judge Rutherford just thanked them for the money. See article at http://www.williamsondailynews.com/printer_fr... .
#7 May 1, 2010
Mr. Deskins' ad is deceptive, and so is the ad that he has implying that Judge Rutherford has a personal photographer. Brandon Roberts is employed as an executive assistant and his job assignment is media relations for the Pike County Fiscal Court. Mr. Roberts takes pictures of the magistrates too as well as any other functions sponsored by the Pike County Fiscal Court. If you go to the link above, you will see a picture that Mr. Roberts took of Judge Rutherford, all the magistrates,and KACo's representatives.
#8 May 1, 2010
Wayne has not done a damn thing, nothing at all for 3 & 1/2 years, and now it's time to face the music. Pike County cannot stand 4 more years of Windmill Wayne and his entourage of Republican cronies. Wayne is going to get a taste of what he did to his friends after the last election. lol
#9 May 1, 2010
As for chauffeurs, I am sure that when Mr. Deskins was county judge there were times that his executive assistants went with him to meetings and they drove, but I wouldn't call them his personal chauffeurs.
I like Mr. Deskins, and I wish him the very best, but please don't put ads in the newspaper that are deceptive. This really troubles me. I would ask ALL candidates to stick to the issues. Tell us what you would do differently, so we can make an informed decision, please don't lie to us. Thank you.
#10 May 1, 2010
Too bad, Wayne did all of this nonsense and now his Opponents are going to tell on him. Wayne's old friends he crapped on are going to help. Gripe all you want, there was nothing, absolutely nothing wrong or the least bit deceptive in the ads.
#11 May 1, 2010
I respect your opinion, but do you agree with how KACo spent taxpayers dollars? I am sorry but I don't consider what Judge Rutherford did nonsense, he raised valid concerns,and that is what he should have done. Mr. Deskins' ad did not tell the full story. From what I understand from these postings, his friends turned on him because they didn't get a job. Judge Rutherford is one vote on the fiscal court, and if the majority of the magistrates say "no" there is nothing he can do about it.
#12 May 1, 2010
That bull is not working for Wayne the Deceiver this time. He never even proposed any of those people for jobs. The majority of those people had been with him for years and he turned his back on them. He is deceitful and conniving. There isn't going to be anywhere to run and hide. The KACO comments were just an attempt by Wayne the Deceiver to slander C. Harris. Wayne is an embarassment to all of Pike County. Bye Bye Windmill.
#13 May 1, 2010
I hear this all the time, but I have yet to read any postings of what Bill Deskins did while he was Judge Executive. I do remember that our garbage bills went from $10 to $14 a month under Mr. Deskins' administration. I am impressed that Judge Rutherford brought the Remote Area Medical (RAM) to Pike County and as result over 1500 people received free dental, vision, and medical care that they otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford.
#14 May 1, 2010
Also, Judge Rutherford and Jailer Scott has the inmates raising a garden, and the produce offsets the expense of food for the inmates at the jail. This in return saves taxpayers money,and this came about after he took office. I have no doubt that some of the other projects will come to fruition should the voters give him another four years. Mr. Deskins also had Republicans working under his administration too. Karen Sue Ratliff, a nice lady worked for him, and she was a Republican I do believe. It doesn't matter to me whether a Republican or Democrat as long as they do their job.
#15 May 1, 2010
How do you know that he didn't propose them for the jobs. From what I understand this is discussed in executive session, and no one is privy to those sessions expect the county judge and magistrates. If you read the newspaper articles about how KACo spent taxpayers dollars misappropriately then you would find other elected officials complained too.
#16 May 1, 2010
Windmill Wayne promised us: Coal to Liquid Plant
Coal to Natural Gas Plant
Bio Diesel Plant
Bio Mass Farm
National Energy Research Park
Methane Recapture Plant
Carbon Sequestration Project
Hydro Electric Plant at Fishtrap
Commercial Airline Service
Bus Service to Lexington
New Hotel on US 119
WINDMILL ON TOP OF THE COURTHOUSE
At least Bill got the City of Pikeville to bring their Garbage back to the Pike County Landfill, bringing in over $400,000.00 in additional revenue to the County. It was Wayne that allowed over $600,000.00 in unpaid garbage bills to accrue and never collected them.
#17 May 1, 2010
I BELIEVE GAYE THE PERSON THAT IS POSTING ALL THIS STUFF IS FOR WHANYE, BUT THAT IS O.K. BUT DO SHORTER SENTECES INSTEAD OF A CATALOG. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD SIT AND READ ALL THIS GARBAGE. KEPP IT SIMPLE.
#18 May 1, 2010
uhhh..excuse you...Rutherford had nothing to do with the gardening..Thank your real judges, Friend and Combs:)
#19 May 1, 2010
One poster suggested that I keep it simple,so go to http://www.medicalleader.org/pmc_news.html... , the Pike County Fiscal Court leased the property and applied for the grant to start the jail farm.
#20 May 1, 2010
I do apologize, and I will keep it simple, but I do intend to research what is said and post what is right. The purpose of which is so that we can all make an informed decision on who to vote for. I like Judge Rutherford and Mr. Deskins, but I do believe we should tell the full story, and be able to substantiate it. Forgive me if I offended you.
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