By Beth Musgrave
FRANKFORT — Senate Democrats tried unsuccessfully to persuade the Senate on Wednesday to reconsider its decision to deny confirmation for two minority women appointed to the state parole board by Gov. Steve Beshear.
Ultimately, the Senate voted against reconsidering its Tuesday decision to not confirm Monica Edmonds and Maria Mooney.
The Republican majority in the Senate also refused to confirm Cecil Dunn, Marvin Russow, Lawrence O’Bryan, David M. Williams, Joe Childers and Thomas Whetstone late Tuesday night.
Senate Republicans refused to turn over documents on Tuesday explaining why some people were confirmed and some were not. That move angered Senate Democrats, who said the public has a right to know why people were not appointed.
Many of the appointees had left the private sector to take the appointed positions and now will be without a job, Democrats said.
Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, asked the Senate on Wednesday to reconsider Edmonds and Mooney, two people he said were qualified to serve, noting that both had multiple degrees.
The Senate, mostly along party lines, voted the measure down.
Beshear said at a news conference on Wednesday that the Senate handled the confirmation process as a “political matter.”
“There was no transparency to it,” Beshear said. “I’m told that … none of the potential appointees were even contacted or talked to.”
Beshear said the Senate takes pride in the fact that it confirms appointees but it has made a mockery of the confirmation process.
“They have abdicated their responsibility to do it in a rational, reasonable and wise way,” Beshear said.