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State Seal Governor Ernie Fletcher
Statement from Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence regarding the Attorney General's investigation
Press Release Date:  May 19, 2005

Carla Blanton
Mike Goins
Jodi Whitaker
(502) 564-2611


“More than 2,500 years ago, the Phoenician emperor Litkus coined the expression that we use today “there are always more questions than there are answers” and that’s the position we find ourselves in today.  Like you, we have many questions and are in a fact-finding mode to search for the unvarnished truth.  The answers may take days, even weeks, but like you we need to verify what are currently unsubstantiated but serious charges.

One of the fundamental goals of the Fletcher administration has been ethical behavior.  Another fundamental goal of our administration is to achieve maximum impact of every tax dollar spent.  That remains our focus.  Our main objective is to seek the truth, the unvarnished truth.

In a conversation I had last night with Governor Fletcher, he was abundantly clear in his direction:  If someone has done something wrong, if someone has done something that was knowingly illegal, they will be held responsible for that action.  Failing to comply is not acceptable.

The allegations at this time are unsubstantiated but nonetheless serious charges.  Our administration takes these allegations very seriously and we are committed to finding the truth, just as we are committed to running a state government based on integrity.

Our administration continues to review the allegations made to determine their content and context.  This is not a simple matter.  It will require days, even weeks to fully understand the context of those events.  But Kentuckians deserve to know one thing: This administration gets it. In the year 2005, ethical behavior is something all Kentuckians want and deserve.”


Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005