From the Vault: One of many political partnerships that ended badly

04/18/2011 07:16 AM

Much of the buzz among Kentucky politicos lately has been about the rare move by Richie Farmer’s wife to file for divorce while her husband was in the middle of running for lieutenant governor on a GOP slate.

In the past, it has usually been the political partnerships on those slates that end up dissolving — if not officially, at least in practice.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo have had some disagreements, as Mongiardo discussed in this January interview on Pure Politics.

Before those two, Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher had a falling out with his lieutenant governor, Steve Pence. Pence disagreed with Fletcher over pardoning all officials in the administration to avoid prosecution for improperly hiring state workers. He dropped off Fletcher’s re-ticket about a year before the May 2007 primary.

And Fletcher’s predecessor, Democratic Gov. Paul Patton, had a falling out with his No. 2, Steve Henry.

By the end of their eight years in office, the two were less than best buds. Patton gave Henry no official responsibilities and didn’t defend him when the legislature sought to eliminate funding for the lieutenant governor’s mansion. And Henry, a surgeon, became embroiled in a federal lawsuit over Medicare billing as well as an ethics investigation into whether he improperly had staff working on his wedding preparations on state time.

Friday’s “From the Vault” segment featured a report by former Northern Kentucky reporter Jenny Dean from November 1994 when Patton formally announced his run for governor with Henry as his running mate.

As a bonus, we featured a “Where are they now?” segment at the end to highlight the exploits of several of the Democrats and Republicans who ran in that 1995 governor’s race — or were mentioned as potential candidates:

- Ryan Alessi


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