Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Questions Timing Of Governor's Push For Ten Commandments Display

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 02, 2007  
Contact Information:  Corey Bellamy, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today questioned Governor Fletcher's belated attempt to clarify a federal court order regarding posting the Ten Commandments on state grounds.

"I offered to clear the way for posting the Ten Commandments a year and a half ago." Stumbo noted. "Obviously, this issue was not important to the Governor until he could play politics with it."

In a letter sent to Governor Fletcher on March 14, 2006, Attorney General Stumbo extended his offer to go to federal court to modify an order forbidding placement of the Ten Commandments "on the Capitol grounds near the floral clock."

In a follow-up letter sent on May 4, 2006 to Governor Fletcher, Stumbo asked the Governor why he failed to respond to his offer, and again urged the Governor to fight for the right to display the Ten Commandments. (Click here to see attached letters:

The Governor never answered.

"How can anyone think this Governor is sincere in his new found concern about the Ten Commandments?" Stumbo asked. "When he had the chance to make a difference more than 18 months ago, he froze. This matter would have been resolved in the people's favor long ago had the Governor not blocked effective action."