Tourism Commissioner resigns

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Tourism Commissioner Mike Cooper
has resigned following a flap over a British marketing firm paid to
promote Kentucky tourism in the United Kingdom.
In a statement issued by Gov. Steve Beshear's office Wednesday
evening, Cooper said he was resigning effective March 15 because of
issues raised over a website created by Gosh P.R. The website
promoted Kentucky to British tourists as a place to play "roadkill
bingo" while visiting horse farms and bourbon distilleries.
State officials canceled the $179,900-a-year contract with the
firm on Wednesday, a day after asking the company take the website
down so officials could review it.
Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet spokesman Gil Lawson
said some content on the site was offensive, including a game to
track the number of dead animals along roadsides, the Lexington
Herald-Leader reported.
Cooper said in the statement the firm made serious errors in
creating the website and that it was his responsibility to catch
the errors.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
http://www.kentucky.com

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