Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Statement From Governor Ernie Fletcher in Response to Attorney General's Comments Regarding Ten Commandments Display

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 02, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

“Frankly, I have no confidence in the Attorney General’s ability to competently represent the Commonwealth’s interests in this matter.  Time and again, he has demonstrated a lack of professional discretion and judgment reasonably necessary to provide the citizens of this state with capable legal representation. According to today’s article in the Big Sandy News entitled “AG’s Name Surfaces During Drug Probe,” Greg Stumbo may have his own legal issues.

“Even worse, prior to being elected Attorney General, Greg Stumbo sat on his hands for 12 full terms as a state representative and did little, if anything, to advance this issue for the people of Kentucky. As Attorney General, Greg Stumbo didn’t join in the legal proceeding as he could have. Had Greg Stumbo taken a moment to even read the recent opinion of the Federal Court in ACLU vs. Rowan County, he would have known that now is the perfect time to address this in that same court. 

“Known for his political shenanigans, Greg Stumbo is at it again, perhaps to deflect attention from the Big Sandy News story.

“My administration fought for and I signed into law HB 277, which directed the lawful display of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds.  When the ACLU sued to hold the Commonwealth in contempt of a prior injunction in May 2006, I directed my Justice Cabinet, rather than the Attorney General, to handle the matter.  Since that time, our Cabinet’s lawyers have represented the Commonwealth with skill and effectiveness.

“As a result, I am pleased that we will soon be in a position to present to the Court a plan to display the Ten Commandments monument in accordance with HB 277 and all applicable legal precedents.”