Heiner runs ad slamming Fischer for 'trading power and influence'

10/19/2010 04:37 PM

Hal Heiner, the Republican candidate for mayor, accuses Democrat Greg Fischer of “trading power, influence and jobs” to sway former independent candidate Jackie Green to get out of the mayor’s race.

Green dropped out late Friday night. And he has been quoted as saying that he expects to have influence in the establishment of an environmental policy office in Fischer’s administration.

It’s against Kentucky law for a candidate to trade a job, the promise of a job or influence in exchange for a person’s vote.

And Heiner on Monday publicly called for Fischer to make public any e-mails or documents between his campaign and Green so the public can see whether there was an offer of influence or a job in exchange for Green to drop out. Fischer’s campaign spokesman has said there are no such documents.

But Heiner’s ad claims such e-mails exist. “In an e-mail to Greg Fischer’s campaign, Jackie Green demanded influence over a government agency and power to choose its leadership in exchange for dropping out of the mayor’s race and endorsing Fischer.”

Heiner’s ad is specific — including a time and date of when the e-mail was supposedly sent (4:31 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15) and including a quote attributed to Green that says he wanted the influence or else “three candidate race continues.”

Fischer’s campaign spokesman Chris Poynter did not have an immediate comment.

Here is the spot:

Here are links to coverage by WHAS-11, the Courier-Journal’s follow-up to Green dropping out and Heiner’s call for the documents, as well as the ‘Ville Voice and the Louisville Eccentric Observer’s Fat Lip blog.

- Ryan Alessi


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