March 27, 2019 Blog

Legislative Ethics Charges Reinstated Against House Republican Leadership

The Legislative Ethics Commission has reinstated ethics charges against House Republican leaders related to the election challenge to Rep. Jim Glenn earlier this year. The charges allege that taxpayer money and public resources were illegally used by Republican leaders in bankrolling the failed ouster of Glenn from the House.

Republican leaders, now represented by Lexington Attorney Christine Trout Van Tatenhove, claim that the failed ouster attempt was funded entirely by the Republican Party, despite the action actually being filed by House Majority Leadership’s counsel. Republicans are demanding that all ethics charges be dismissed immediately, while refusing to produce records backing up their claim.

Today’s filing demands that all evidence in the case be preserved, including pay records and computer research logs and turned over to the commission.

“It is important that the public know what their government is up to,” said Anna Whites, Glenn’s lawyer. “Using tax dollars to attack political enemies must be firmly stamped out. We thank the Legislative Ethics Commission for doing its job, and call on it to make the evidence in this case public.”

Jim Glenn shared his hope that the system will work to protect those in the minority party.

“Protecting those in the minority is the test of democracy. We appreciate the Commission recognizing that this case cannot simply be swept under the rug. It is time for the truth to come out.” he said.

You can read Rep. Glenn’s filing here.