Up by 24 points in the latest SurveyUSA poll, one would think that Kentucky Democratic governor Steve Beshear would be coasting to victory in this fall’s election. The latest allegations against Beshear could breath new life into Republican challenger David William’s bid to be the chief executive in the Bluegrass State.
A government employee seeking whistle-blower status claimed in a letter released publicly Monday that some state workers were threatened with termination unless they contributed to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear’s re-election campaign, but one of the people he mentioned has refuted the claim.
State psychologist Rodney Young, who works for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Louisville, made the accusation in letters to Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson and Attorney General Jack Conway. In the letters, he listed more than a dozen colleagues he said had been solicited.
Robertson said numerous state employees have privately complained about being pressured to contribute to the Beshear campaign. He said they refused to publicly report their concerns for fear of retaliation.
“Many complainants said they felt their jobs, appointments or contracts would be in jeopardy if they did not assist in raising campaign money for Beshear,” Robertson said.