Democrats urge Senate to reconsider rejected appointees

March 09, 2011 | | Comments 7

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.

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  1. unfair says:

    This is a funny funny article. Just because the Governor wants them does not mean they are qualified. He does not get what he wants every time. These are not political appointments that he has the say on so he may not get his way on this one. Good for them to stand up against him. Kentucky people are so sick and tired of this stuff in Frankfort. Balance the budget first and then on to other matters. Can you take the hint.

  2. VoiceOfReason says:

    You are right – the people of this state are sick and tired of this stuff. If this is not political then show the reason they were not confirmed. Otherwise, they are either cowards or not doing what they are paid to do. The process is that the Gov appoints and the Senate reviews the people and votes to confirm or deny based on qualifications. If they are not qualified, tell us why. Otherwise, politics as usual.

  3. westerner says:

    Well said Voice of Reason, too bad more on these sites don’t understand the process they condemn.

  4. TomThumb says:

    Republicans are wrong on this.

  5. GeorgeJones says:

    Notice that the Senate leadership, headed by President David Williams, refused to share with the Senate Democrats any information they had on the nominees,and the Democrats did not even know that these appointments were to be taken up that night. This is another example of “government by ambush” that has distinguished the Senate during the past decade of President Williams’ rule. That autocratic stuff seems to be wearing a little thin with the public.

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