Thursday, January 04, 2007

See what I mean?

I was quoted again today in an article on the front page of the Louisville Courier-Journal's metro section on the growing Kathy Stein controversy. I don't think Kathy did herself any favor's however. Here's what the Courier quoted her as saying:
In an interview with The Courier-Journal, Stein said she's proud of her views on gay rights, which she described as a civil-rights matter, and on abortion access, where she said the true "conservative" position opposes "government invading the bodies of women."
Then this:
She said the [Family Foundation's] influence with some lawmakers is waning, after it insisted on placing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the November 2004 ballot, in which House Democrats lost seven seats....I believe that we're beginning to recognize that they have led us down the wrong path on several occasions," Stein said.

So this candidate for one of the most powerful committees in the House is saying that the Marriage Amendment to the KY Constitution, which more Kentuckians voted "Yes" on than voted "Yes" and "No" on any previous amendment, was not a good idea?

Again, the question is not whether The Family Foundation supports or opposes her nomination, but whether putting her at Judiciary chair is the act of a mainstream political party.

Hand it to her, she's being candid, but I can't imagine that legislative leaders who obviously want to put her at the post (largely because they want to put a woman in a prominent committee position) don't have their heads in their hands right now wondering what they've gotten themselves into.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kathy Stein is NOT qualified. I will give only two of the many reasons why Speaker Richards should NOT let Stein Chair the Judiciary Committee.

1. On July 13, 2006, Jonathan Miller publicly supported Kathy Stein to draft legislation to make it legal for taxpayer money to pay state employees to chat all day with Stein's good friend, Mark Nickolas on the blog Jonathan Miller conceived.

In the Spring of 2005, Kentucky Treasurer Jonathan Miller conceived the blog and wined and dined Mark Nickolas until Nickolas agreed to operate the blog. The blog has a reputation of slandering politicians, judges and public official, but naturally supports Kathy Stein and Jonathan Miller.

The legislation that Jonathan Miller supports and Kathy Stein is drafting illustrates that Stein and Miller play FAVORITES when drafting legislative bills. The bill shows a complete disrespect for how taxpayer money should be spent.

2. Stein showed a complete lack of respect for the families and friends of our men and women in the military when she vehemently and callously removed the POW/MIA flag hanging at the old courthouse building in Lexington. Whether you are for or against the Iraq War (and I oppose the Iraq War), her stance on that was anti-patriotic and anti-American. That flag should be there as a bitter-sweet reminder of the sacrifices men and women in the military make.

Jonathan Miller and Kathy Stein must be held accountable for their use of taxpayer money. Jonathan Miller encouraged Mark Nickolas to operate that blog full time. A legitimate question that I have seen raised on blogs is: "Has Jonathan Miller or Kathy Stein donated any taxpayer money from their Discretionary Funds into that blog from the funds they both can use to enable Mark Nickolas to trash talk public officials that stand in the way of Miller and Stein?"

Bill Adkins said...

I am happy to announce that I and my friends are communicating with various state representatives in an effort to put Kathy Stein in as Chair of the Judiciary Committee. It's high time Americans stood up for Americans and Kathy Stein will do just that. And it's high time that those who would use the term 'family' in an effort to acquire both relevance and credibility are exposed for the hypocrites that they are. You know who you are, Mr. Cothran.

Martin Cothran said...

Bill,

Hypocrisy. Hmmm. Would that include a political party that portrays itself as moderate when in fact is in the solid hands of the left?

Bill Adkins said...

Martin - as opposed to a political party that portrays itself as moral and compassionalte but instead is firmly in the solid hands of people like you?

Martin Cothran said...

Bill,

If the Republicans had people like me in control they would have been saying something about Kathy Stein's nomination. As far as I know, they didn't utter a peep.

Bill Adkins said...

Martin - you still have Stan Lee for comic relief.