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Kentucky Lt. Gov. Accused of Medicare Fraud (Note the Clinton connection!)
AP ^ | November 7, 2002 | Associated Press

Posted on 11/08/2002 9:39:16 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 7 — The federal government filed a lawsuit today accusing Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, an orthopedic surgeon who is considering running for governor next year, of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid.

The accusations stem from Dr. Henry's role supervising orthopedic residents, or surgeons in training, at the University of Louisville.

Under federal regulations, supervising doctors must be present during surgery to legally bill the two government programs for their time. A lawsuit brought today under the False Claims Act accuses Dr. Henry of improperly billing for 44 operations it says he missed.

All 44 operations were from 1996 to 2001, after Dr. Henry was elected lieutenant governor as a Democrat in 1995.

Each incident described in the lawsuit outlines Dr. Henry's whereabouts at the time of the surgery. Most show him at political functions when the surgery was performed, including an Oct. 10, 1996, operation the lawsuit shows listed for the same hours it says Dr. Henry was awaiting the arrival of President Bill Clinton at a political rally.

In a news conference today, Dr. Henry called the accusations untrue. He said he missed only 16 operations, not 44, and blamed staff members for the billing errors in the 16 cases.

He also said the mistakes were not made "recklessly or intentionally."

"We're not dealing with any crime," Dr. Henry said. "If I had done anything wrong, they would have me in criminal proceedings. This comes down to who owes who money."

He has said he intended to continue exploring a run for governor.

Gov. Paul Patton, embroiled in accusations that he used his office to assist and then retaliate against a business owner with whom he had had an affair, is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

The case against Dr. Henry had been investigated for possible criminal violations, but United States Attorney Stephen Pence said in September that he would not seek an indictment.

Mr. Pence said that he delayed filing the lawsuit at the request of Dr. Henry's lawyers but that settlement discussions had "not been fruitful."

Under the False Claims Act, the government is allowed to triple the amount of damages to the state. Mr. Pence estimates the loss to the state at $60,000, which would be tripled to $180,000.

The lawsuit also seeks a penalty of $5,000 to $11,000 for each of the 44 claims, raising the approximate total of damages plus penalties to $400,000 to $600,000, Mr. Pence said.

Dr. Henry's lawyer, Bixler Howland, disputed the $60,000 figure, saying medical bills and records showed that the state lost only $27,000.

Dr. Henry then received less than half that amount, Mr. Pence said.

Most investigations under the act have involved Medicare, which pays for health care for the elderly and also provides billions of dollars to the nation's teaching hospitals for medical education.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clintonlegacy; fraud; rat
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The RAT machine in Kentucky continues to crumble. (Note: this is the guy that married Miss America Heather French.)

Statewide elections next year, looks like another Georgia on the way!

1 posted on 11/08/2002 9:39:16 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers
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To: Dems_R_Losers
The RAT machine in Kentucky continues to crumble. (Note: this is the guy that married Miss America Heather French.)

And what's really disgusting is that she switched her party affiliation from Republican to commiecrat after the engagement was announced........

2 posted on 11/08/2002 9:47:39 AM PST by awelliott
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Hmmm! Maybe there might be a Controlling Legal Authority for the Rat Criminals in office.

No wonder they hated John Ashcroft so much.
3 posted on 11/08/2002 9:47:55 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Strange, our local rag had an article about this but neglected to mention any political affiliation. Maybe they just didn't know he was a Democrat crook. Sorry, I guess that is redundant.
4 posted on 11/08/2002 9:48:53 AM PST by FreePaul
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To: Dems_R_Losers
bump
5 posted on 11/08/2002 9:50:08 AM PST by GOPJ
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To: FreePaul
Well, if you know Kentucky, the political affiliation is obvious. Kentucky has had only one Republican governor in my lifetime, and never a Republican lieutenant governor to my knowledge. This despite a Congressional delegation that is now 7-1 Republican, with the only Rat possibly about to switch parties. This imbalance can't go on forever, just like it couldn't in Georgia. With Patton and now Henry imbroiled in legal troubles, and popular Rep. Ernie Fletcher likely to run, I am finally getting optimistic about a "regime change" in Kentucky!
6 posted on 11/08/2002 9:53:28 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Yeah. Medicare and Medicaide frequently go on strictly political witch hunts. </sarcasm>
7 posted on 11/08/2002 10:08:22 AM PST by cake_crumb
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Depends on the definition of the word “present“. Guess he could always claim that he was thinking about the operation, therefore he was ‘present‘ mentally.
8 posted on 11/08/2002 10:14:22 AM PST by Lockbox
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Is Lt. Gov. Henry of KY related to the new Democrat governor in OK, Brad Henry?
9 posted on 11/08/2002 10:14:39 AM PST by Theodore R.
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Interesting. I thought this story had pretty much died out. Another big blow for the KY RATS.

This can't do anything but help Jim Bunning in the Senate race and increase the GOP's chances of gaining the governor's mansion in '04.

10 posted on 11/08/2002 10:15:26 AM PST by comebacknewt
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Rep. Ernie Fletcher likely to run,

I hadn't heard this. That's great news.

11 posted on 11/08/2002 10:18:26 AM PST by asformeandformyhouse
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To: awelliott
Not only that, but she is supposed to be a big veteran supporter(her father is retired and disabled Marine), but the Vietnam memorial in Kentucky REFUSES to fly the POW/MIA flag over that monument (an issue veterans have fought for years and one Heather swore she would rectify).

Politics, corruption, deceit...the Amerikan way, eh?

Love your country;
Fear your government!
12 posted on 11/08/2002 10:19:21 AM PST by NMFXSTC
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Under federal regulations, supervising doctors must be present during surgery to legally bill the two government programs for their time

Interesting. When the residents screw up the operation, who do you sue: the guy with the knife in his hand; the supervising doctor; or the hospital?? Yeah, I know, all of them, especially the guy with the insurance.

But the guy standing on the sidelines gets paid, is he then responsible?

13 posted on 11/08/2002 10:22:49 AM PST by aShepard
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To: asformeandformyhouse
Oh yes, Dr. Fletcher has been quietly putting together an organization and raising money for several months. Now he can run as the CLEAN doctor! Tee hee.

The only bad part of this is that a liberal was elected Mayor of Lexington and would have a pretty good shot at Fletcher's seat in 2004 if he runs and wins. But it would be worth losing this seat in Congress to gain the governorship. Fletcher would be a shoo-in for Bunning's Senate seat in 2010.

14 posted on 11/08/2002 10:24:10 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Dr. Henry's lawyer, Bixler Howland, disputed the $60,000 figure, saying medical bills and records showed that the state lost only $27,000.

Hmmmmmm .. could someone explain to this lawyer .. the point is the Doctor ripped off the State regardless of the amount

And the last I knew .. it is still a no no ..

15 posted on 11/08/2002 10:25:46 AM PST by Mo1
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Since his wife is a news anchor, did anyone catch how she reported this?
16 posted on 11/08/2002 10:30:23 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Dems_R_Losers
If Theresa Isaac runs for the seat, she's toast. She'll face Scott Crosbie likely again, and she will perhaps narrowly carry Fayette County like she did in the mayor's race, but she will lose the rest of the counties in the district.
17 posted on 11/08/2002 10:32:43 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Mo1
good catch, trying to focus on what the state lost, not what medicare lost.

I also liked:"We're not dealing with any crime," Dr. Henry said. "If I had done anything wrong, they would have me in criminal proceedings.
18 posted on 11/08/2002 10:35:05 AM PST by PeterPrinciple
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Dr. Henry said. "If I had done anything wrong, they would have me in criminal proceedings...
Do I sense a new Democrat mantra?
19 posted on 11/08/2002 10:36:10 AM PST by lelio
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To: asformeandformyhouse
www.fletcher2003.com
20 posted on 11/08/2002 10:36:58 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: PeterPrinciple
I also liked:"We're not dealing with any crime," Dr. Henry said. "If I had done anything wrong, they would have me in criminal proceedings

What's that saying .. Watch what you wish for .. you just might get it

IMO .. too many, for far too long were use to stealing from the people, they have gotten to the point they think there is nothing wrong with it

21 posted on 11/08/2002 10:40:00 AM PST by Mo1
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Here's a little more info on this story I excerpted from the Lexington Herald:

Prosecutors tried for weeks to reach a settlement with Henry before suing, but Henry was unwilling to admit wrongdoing, return the questioned payments and submit to stricter billing practices in the future, Pence said.

Henry, a Democrat, was elected in 1995 with Gov. Paul Patton and married former Miss America Heather Renee French in 2000. [I remember she made a big deal at the time of her wedding about switching from the Republican party, and having "seen the light". I wonder if she still thinks she hitched her wagon to the right horse.] Now a candidate for governor in the 2003 race, Henry denied the fraud allegations yesterday.

Henry said his billing claims are processed by hospital staff and Medicare and Medicaid officials, sometimes months after surgical operations take place. It's possible he signed the claims listed in the suit with inaccurate dates or times, but if so, the errors were unintentional, he said. [Very Clinton-like, blaming the fraud on others.]

"The U.S. attorney's office is holding a physician to a very high standard for billing errors," Henry said. "You're going to have billing errors in any system. There's nothing I can do about that."

The fraud suit could doom Henry's gubernatorial ambitions, said political scientist Paul Blanchard.

"It's certainly going to hurt him politically unless he comes up with a very convincing argument in his defense, something more compelling than, 'We made a few billing errors, but it wasn't really my fault,'" said Blanchard, who teaches state politics at Eastern Kentucky University.

More to the point, Kentuckians might start to wonder why they pay a lieutenant governor at all, Blanchard added.

Henry's hospital and office schedules indicate he spends much of his time either practicing medicine or attending meetings, lobbyist receptions and community events.

"Some people would argue we're paying this guy to be our lieutenant governor, so now it looks like he's double or triple billing us," Blanchard said.

Pence also said yesterday that he would not rule out legal action against University Hospital as a result of claims uncovered in the Henry investigation.

Hospital spokesman Ken Marshall said the hospital did nothing wrong and is not responsible for physician billing.

22 posted on 11/08/2002 11:04:27 AM PST by jpthomas
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To: Dems_R_Losers
As a new resident of Kentucky I have to plead some ignorance. Did Jack Conway work with this clown too, like he did with Paul Patton? I suppose he didn't know this was going on either, just like with Patton. It strikes me that he is either a liar or incredibly stupid and yet he almost beat Ann Northup.
23 posted on 11/08/2002 11:06:56 AM PST by anoldafvet
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To: Dems_R_Losers
I forgot to point out that the "Party of and for the Little People" blamed underlings for the crime ("Mistake").
24 posted on 11/08/2002 11:10:02 AM PST by anoldafvet
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Derby Day 2000: Miss America, Heather Renee French, and her fiancé, Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, worked the Skye Terrace crowd.
25 posted on 11/08/2002 11:10:48 AM PST by jpthomas
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To: Dems_R_Losers
. . . a liberal was elected Mayor of Lexington and would have a pretty good shot at Fletcher's seat in 2004 if he runs and wins.

The liberal new mayor is a flake. It will be all she can do to try and manage Lexington without making major errors. I predict Ms. Isaacs will be a one-term mayor trying to deal with Lexington's needs. She'll not get far in a run for Fletcher's seat.

26 posted on 11/08/2002 11:15:58 AM PST by toddst
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To: jpthomas
From Miss America News | Saturday, February 5, 2000

Shortly after Miss America Heather Renee French finishes her reign in Atlantic City on Oct. 14, she'll marry the man who hopes to be Kentucky's next governor.

If Henry, a Democrat, does run for governor in 2003, Heather French won't have any problem campaigning for him then. Last fall, she limited her participation in a campaign bus tour by Gov. Paul Patton and Henry after pageant officials raised concerns about a public role in their re-election campaign.

French and Henry had already revealed that she was changing her voter registration from Republican to Democrat, saying she thought Democrats were more sympathetic to her platform. The day her switch was revealed, Vice President Al Gore introduced her to the crowd at a Washington fund-raiser as a fresh convert.

Married to the man who used to be the next Governor of Kentucky

27 posted on 11/08/2002 11:18:09 AM PST by jpthomas
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To: Republican Wildcat
If Theresa Isaac runs for the seat, she's toast. She'll face Scott Crosbie likely again, and she will perhaps narrowly carry Fayette County like she did in the mayor's race, but she will lose the rest of the counties in the district.

What are y'all doing down there anyway? Kick their butts and make 'em vote Republican. We've got Northern Kentucky all sewn up. :) (For which I can take no credit whatsoever since I've only lived here 3 years. But you can imagine how nice it is since one of my old Senators was Lieberman.)

28 posted on 11/08/2002 11:37:39 AM PST by Dianna
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To: Dems_R_Losers
This despite a Congressional delegation that is now 7-1 Republican, with the only Rat possibly about to switch parties.

Do you think Lucas might really switch? My husband has read that we have been after him for years to jump ship. We've heard that Lucas HATES Gephardt and loves being a thorn in his side. With Dickie gone, and rats in the minority, does Lucas have anything more to lose by jumping?

29 posted on 11/08/2002 11:41:06 AM PST by Dianna
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To: Dems_R_Losers; SLB; Lion Den Dan; RonPaulLives; upchuck; Wally Cleaver; Recon by Fire
I understand that Steve Henry will be the parade marshal for Greater Hardin County Veterans Celebration -- 9 November 02 in Vine Grove, KY. Anyone want to FReep him?


Announcement I received via e-mail:

ALCON: Want to make sure you know about the greater Hardin County Veterans Celebration on 9 November 02 in Vine Grove, Kentucky. Join the 16th Cav, 113th Army Band and the post Chaplain as Fort Knox celebrates with our surrounding communities at Optimist Park. The parade will begin in Vine Grove on 144 by the Chamber of Commerce at 1045, with the festivities to follow immediately after at the pavilion at Optimist Park. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE SATURDAY!

Addendum:
As my great compatriots one and all have pointed out to me this morning the errors of my ways.....the Great Patton Museum Volunteers and Equipment will be a marvelous part of this celebration.

30 posted on 11/08/2002 11:59:17 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Dianna
Do you think Lucas might really switch? My husband has read that we have been after him for years to jump ship. We've heard that Lucas HATES Gephardt and loves being a thorn in his side. With Dickie gone, and rats in the minority, does Lucas have anything more to lose by jumping?

I know Lucas pretty well, and he really does not want to switch, but I think the election of Pelosi as minority leader just might send him over the edge. He can't stand the East Coast/West Coast liberal faction. He is a charter member of the Blue Dogs. He has term-limited himself and this is his last term, so he might not think it's worth it to switch at this point. But on the other hand, he has nothing to lose and he might do it to try to send a message to the Democrats. His district is very Republican and a Republican will surely win the seat in 2004. I just got an email saying that Sen. McConnell is already pushing his chief of staff to run. So Lucas might as well switch. I am certainly going to encourage him!

I think a few of the other Blue Dogs might switch as well.

31 posted on 11/08/2002 12:10:01 PM PST by Dems_R_Losers
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To: Republican Wildcat
If Theresa Isaac runs for the seat, she's toast. She'll face Scott Crosbie likely again, and she will perhaps narrowly carry Fayette County like she did in the mayor's race, but she will lose the rest of the counties in the district.

I didn't mean to imply that Isaac could get elected to Congress, and I doubt she would even run. But Crosbie would have been the logical candidate had he won the mayor's race. I think it is a big leap now for Crosbie to go from losing the mayor's race to winning a Congressional race.

I don't live in Lexington anymore, so I don't know who else might be a good Republican candidate in the 6th District. What are your thoughts?

32 posted on 11/08/2002 12:14:07 PM PST by Dems_R_Losers
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To: Dems_R_Losers
His district is very Republican and a Republican will surely win the seat in 2004. I just got an email saying that Sen. McConnell is already pushing his chief of staff to run. So Lucas might as well switch. I am certainly going to encourage him!

I'm in Lucas' district and the 3 counties up here (Boone, Kenton and Campbell) went for Davis (largest percentage was 58 but the other two were around 52-53%), but we crashed and burned in the rest of the counties.

I volunteered a little for Davis and am frankly mystified as to why he lost. He was a good conservative candidate as far as I am concerned. I have been despairing of finding a better candidate to go against Lucas.

If he doesn't run again, then we can probably get a republican in there. But if he still wants the seat, I'm not sure we can take it away from him. How likely is he going to go wishy-washy like many of the others and run again?

33 posted on 11/08/2002 2:17:30 PM PST by Dianna
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To: Dems_R_Losers
I'm sharpening my voting pencil.I live in western Ky.At one time, anyone who was a republican would never admit it for fear of being made fun of.That's all changed and almost all of Ky's federal reps as well as both senators are REPUBLICAN.Next election we will have a Republican governor.
34 posted on 11/08/2002 2:36:21 PM PST by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: Dems_R_Losers
A Klinton associate involved in something like this? I don't believe it for a minute. Klinton had, in his own words, the "most ethical administration in history." < /sarcasm >
35 posted on 11/08/2002 2:59:11 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: jpthomas
Married to the man who used to be the next Governor of Kentucky

And introduced by the man who used to be the next President of the United Stats.

36 posted on 11/08/2002 4:24:05 PM PST by barker
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To: barker
Stats = States. Bad, bad fingers.
37 posted on 11/08/2002 4:25:04 PM PST by barker
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To: Mo1
kinda like being a "little bit pregnant" ain't it??? lol a thief is a thief whether he/she steals a penny or a million dollars!!!!
38 posted on 11/08/2002 4:35:16 PM PST by cajun-jack
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To: Dianna
I'm across the river in Cincinnati, and I don't see Lucas switching to the GOP.

I think he sees himself as a potential leader in the party if it ever recovers its sanity and moves to the center. I also think that he's more than a little bitter about the aggressive attacks on his credibility and integrity by his GOP opponent last week. I'm all for going on offense, but his opponent (think his name was Davis) crossed the line in his final-week radio ads.
39 posted on 11/08/2002 4:54:47 PM PST by litany_of_lies
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To: Lockbox
Nah, he used his cell phone to talk the student through the operation...

Ya, that's the ticket...
40 posted on 11/08/2002 6:33:07 PM PST by DB
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To: Dems_R_Losers
You don't have to worry about us down in Wilmore and Nicholasville. We like our Republicans.
41 posted on 11/08/2002 7:29:00 PM PST by bethelgrad
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To: litany_of_lies
I also think that he's more than a little bitter about the aggressive attacks on his credibility and integrity by his GOP opponent last week. I'm all for going on offense, but his opponent (think his name was Davis) crossed the line in his final-week radio ads

Really? I missed their debate and never saw/heard much of anything from Lucas at all. My neighbor saw the debate and said that Lucas was nasty. Then came out the ads about Davis' honesty and releasing 10 years of tax returns.

Is this what you're talking about or is there something else?

42 posted on 11/08/2002 8:05:26 PM PST by Dianna
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To: jpthomas
And aren't you glad that we PAID for his wedding?
43 posted on 11/08/2002 8:27:11 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Dems_R_Losers
I think Crosbie is still the top candidate. The "whispers" were saying he would be the ideal person, whichever way the mayor's race went. He should have the name recognition, because the ads he ran were seen by the entire district.
44 posted on 11/08/2002 8:32:10 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: awelliott
I thought she was one hot babe, until she switched:((((
45 posted on 11/08/2002 8:32:11 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Republican Wildcat
You want to FReep him in about ten hours?
46 posted on 11/08/2002 8:34:08 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Dems_R_Losers
I know Lucas pretty well, and he really does not want to switch, but I think the election of Pelosi as minority leader just might send him over the edge.

He doesn't really have to switch. He could stay a Democrat and caucus with the Republicans (vote for Hastert instead of Pelosi).

47 posted on 11/08/2002 8:34:28 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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As you all may recall, I talked about Lt. Governor Henry's fiascos earlier on, in the Paul Patton Sex-for-favors threads. It is a known fact that his wedding with Heather was a Democratic Party fundraiser. I have friends who have copies of the invitation. The only thing I don't know is whether it was a money-maker for his campaign or the State Dem. Party at-large. But you had to ante up campaign contributions in order to attend. It looks like we may finally get that governor's seat that I thought we had in 1995 with Larry Forgy.
48 posted on 11/08/2002 10:00:22 PM PST by RonPaulLives
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To: NMFXSTC
Politics, corruption, deceit...the Amerikan way, eh?

Well, the demokrat way, at least. Anyway, it sounds like she's in the appropriate party now....

49 posted on 11/08/2002 10:07:02 PM PST by awelliott
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To: Dianna
Yes, I am talking about the same thing. I didn't mention that Davis, at least in his commercials, said he released 10 years of his tax returns. I figured this was in response to a Lucas attack, but I thought Davis went a bit over the top in response to the attack. It's certainly true that neither guy played nice.

The bottom line is that I think Lucas, rightly or not, is somewhat bitter, and that this might be a factor in preventing a switch.

That said, Lucas seems to have beliefs that are closer to the GOP than they are to the San Franciscans who appear to be taking over the Democratic Party. If I remember correctly, he's pro-life and pro-RTKBA. I he could "get over it," his future would be brighter, especially in a state (KY) that appears to finally be breaking to the GOP for good. I've never understood why the Dems have had such a stranglehold in an obviously conservative state.
50 posted on 11/08/2002 10:13:06 PM PST by litany_of_lies
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