Beshear Boots Sec'y State's Wife Off Nature Board

FRANKFORT, KY -- Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has repeatedly claimed that outside of the campaign trail, members of both parties should come together, but politics can quietly creep into boards' and commissions' appointments, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Sunday edition.

"When given the chance to send an olive branch to Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson by reappointing Grayson's wife Nancy to the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, Beshear declined," writes veteran Herald-Leader political reporter Ryan Alessi.

Beshear's office didn't inform Grayson or his staff of the decision to reject Nancy Grayson's application for a second term on that board, deputy Secretary of State Les Fugate confirmed, the Herald-Leader reports.

Beshear's office filed paperwork on Sept. 2 that showed the governor was replacing Grayson on the board with Carl W. Breeding of Lexington for a term that expires in July 2011, the newspaper reports.

The commission is a non-political organization that, according to its mission statement, that aims to "protect Kentucky's natural heritage.
Neither Grayson nor Breeding have strong nature backgrounds.

Grayson is an attorney by training, receiving her law degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Breeding is an attorney for Greenbaum Doll and McDonald in Lexington. He didn't contribute to Beshear's campaign last year and instead gave $200 to Beshear's Republican opponent, Gov. Ernie Fletcher, last October, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Sunday edition.

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  • by James Location: Magoffin Co on Sep 12, 2008 at 06:01 AM
    Oh how we miss Ernie!
  • by jeff Location: ky on Sep 7, 2008 at 10:47 AM
    i cannot beleive that EVERYTHING iN life has become "POLITICS" this position, as well as many others, should be held by the most qualified individual. it happens at every aspect from grade school to the highest position in the land "president". we will even change our politics in order to vote for a peticular individual. this use to describe us as who we are. i guess no one knows who they are anymore... sept 06 2008 a county beauty pageant was held in powell county, out of 17 girls vying for this title, it turned out the ugliest girl in the pageant was the winner, but only because her entire family works for the school system, and she was sponsered by the 2 largest businesses in the county, which also has the privilidge to pick the "judges" for the contest. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MORALITY, SEEMS SOME SELL THEIR SOULS FOR ALMOST ANYTHING IN ORDER TO "WIN" NO MATTER THE COST
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Sep 7, 2008 at 07:12 AM
    Interesting, looks like neither of them belong on this board since neither know a lot about nature other than what's outside their window. And I'm sure Sec. Grayson's family doesn't go camping every weekend, just as Mr. Breeding's family certainly doesn't either. How bout this? How about on these boards and commissions that the Gov appoints (which come with a paycheck), we the people require through legislative action that the Gov (whoever he or she happens to be at the time) must fill them with the best people who have experience or expertise in the areas in which they are to serve. Let's stop filling these posts with well-to-do (and rich) attorneys who know nothing about the position they are to hold, and require that people at least have some kind of vaguely-related training or experience in those areas. For a nature board, let them be a naturalist or environmentalist...for horse-racing board, maybe someone who deals with horses (other than betting on them). That would be great


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