Skip to comments.GOP seeks Freudenthal records (possible conflict of interest in WY)
Posted on 06/24/2006 4:57:40 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Using the state Public Records Act, the chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party has asked for state documents in an attempt to show state agencies funneled business to two Cheyenne law firms affiliated with Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal's wife and brother.
Freudenthal on Tuesday issued a press release saying he has directed all state agencies to comply with the detailed June 9 request from Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Drake Hill.
"This is election year due diligence," Hill said Tuesday afternoon in an interview. "Elections are putting the facts in front of voters."
The public records request, among other things, is to see if first lady Nancy Freudenthal and Steve Freudenthal lobbied get state business for their respective law firms or their clients, Hill said.
(Excerpt) Read more at jacksonholestartrib.com ...
Possible culture of corruption in Wyoming ping
I know that corruption can occur in rural areas, think of Long County in Georgia. Still, the idea of this happening in Wyoming, well, let's just say, I'll believe it happened when they get conviction. Wyoming seems too honest to have leaders who would even think of doing such, even if they would like to.
Well, Freudenthal was Bill Clinton's U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, so his definition of corruption may differ from those of his constituants.
Living right next door to Wyoming here in Idaho I cannot fathom WHY that state has a dummiecrat governor. Same with Montana. Is it something in the local water supply or what?
Every time I think about moving out of Idaho I check out the local politics where I have been offered a job. So far, I haven't moved. I'm starting to give up on the rest of the Rocky Mountain West.
In 2004, Montana elected a Democrat Governor in part because the previous Republican Governor (Judy Martz) was highly unpopular.
As for Wyoming, the same principal was at work, Jim Geringer was unpopular. Also the GOP candidate to succeed him (Eli Beabout) was a party-switcher who was seen as an opportunist.
I'd say of the state's you mentioned, the only areas I have any knowledge of would probably be Billings and Boise.
Billings is pretty conservative. Western Montana has been Californicated. Too bad.
Boise is still mostly conservative but with the number of arriving emigrants, it may not stay that way. I live near Pocatello which is the most unionized, dummiecrat part of the state. Still, its WAY more conservative than most places.
Oh, I nearly forgot Sun Valley / Ketchum (easy to do) which was the only county to go dummiecrat in the '04 election. However, there are so few people there - and most of them are extremely RICH dummiecrats who just use Idaho as their playground - that they really don't count for much. Some guy name John Heinz Kerry has a villa there...
Was Geringer unpopular ? I never heard that. Freudenthal's win was so narrow, a swing of 1,900 votes in the opposite direction would've had Eli Bebout as Governor today. I was still amazed that a Clinton appointee could manage to win statewide office in Wyoming of all places.
Fortunately, we do have a substantial candidate to oppose Freudenthal, Ray Hunkins, who lost to Bebout in the '02 GOP primary. I think the conventional wisdom was that had Hunkins been the nominee that year, he'd be Governor today.
This is an interesting opinion piece on what happened in the '02 WY election: http://www.opinionet.com/article.php?id=294
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