You know honestly I do not understand how anyone at this point can possibly believe Abramson has done anything for Louisville at all. He has made a career out of fleecing the taxpayer for his own gain and held with no accountability.......until now.
It is great to see Abramson finally coming under the gun for a change. I have been bringing him under the gun for a few years now. I have proved him a liar and have continually called him out in every dumb thing he does. The Courier Journal did a piece on his prized Cordish deal essentially proving that we have been been duped again.
Check this article out by the CJ:
Cordish records “appeared to substantiate” company spent $950,000 in public money properly, report says courier-journal.com...
Of course we got no answers. Did anyone really expect anything different? I loved it when David Tandy decided to go, on the taxpayer dime of course, to Cordish so he could see firsthand and prove the $950,000 was spent on Lucky Strikes. Did he do that? Nope. Great job Mr. Tandy. I really could have been persuaded to be a Tandy supporter at one point. Seriously I could have and was giving him the benefit of the doubt. Those days are gone.
Sorry David but after being lied to myself by your office multiple times and now the kid gloves rubberstamp treatment you continue to give Jerry well the time has come to quit giving you the benefit of the doubt.
The only "Strikes" were the ones we received from the group who went to "audit" the books from Cordish. How can anyone with a straight face say everything appeared to be in order with the burden of "rules" set on them by Cordish.
Check the beginning of this article out:
"A review of records on how the Cordish Cos. spent $950,000 in public money to refurbish a storefront at 4th Street Live “appeared to substantiate” it was used properly, the city's chief auditor wrote in a report released Friday.
But Chief Audit Executive Michael Norman said he and the four other officials who visited the company's headquarters Aug. 7 relied on records Cordish provided and made no independent attempt to verify them."
So let's see if we can understand this correctly. We are being told that the audit "appeared to substantiate" the money was used properly. Can anyone digest this statement with a straight face or are you laughing as loud as I am right now.
What kind of idiots do these clowns think we are? Appeared to substantiate? Either you verified or did not. It is simple.
"Norman wrote he couldn't offer assurances about the records “completeness, accuracy or reliability.”
No kidding. So why waste time with a "report" then. Do we look that gullible?
Of course he could not offer any assurances. Cordish says hey this is all you get and you cannot check anything else and oh by the way you must agree in writing not to disclose any information you obtained.
Why did they waste taxpayer money on the trip? We already had these answers prior to it.
What was supposed to have been gained? An honest accounting of taxpayer money.
And of course Abramson's favorite lapdog spokesman had the following to say:
"Chad Carlton, a spokesman for Mayor Jerry Abramson, said the report confirmed Abramson's belief from the outset that Cordish spent the funds appropriately and should help placate those who had “less than full faith” in the propriety of the expenditures.
“We hope we can move forward,” Carlton said.
Does Carlton honestly believe anything he says on behalf of Abramson? One would think not but who knows.
Abramson has continued to lie and deceive the public for years and this Cordish situation just keeps proving it more and more. Just wait until the arena mess starts unfolding and we see how much we were lied to on that. He wants to be Lt. Governor?
Why in the hell would anyone vote for him for anything. Seriously.
Everything about him is a lie, always has been, and always will be. Think we have problems now with City money? Wait until he gets hold of State money as well to pad the pockets of his political cronies and backers. Want to know how Cordish fits into this if he gets to State? Check out the attorney's on Cordish payroll and see how they tie into Abramson and Beshear.
Abramson needs out of here now because the price of his arrogance and lies are due to be paid during the next term. It is that simple.
He will owe $60-100 million by the time all the money is added up from lost lawsuits etc. And yes it all falls on his shoulders. He is depending on getting elected Lt. Gov so he can try to use State funds to either pay the piper or change things so he does not have to. Either way we the taxpayer at either level will be stuck with the bill one way or another thanks to his cronyism and abuse of power.
Why do you think so many have not stepped up to the plate and announced a candidacy for Metro Mayor yet? Because they know it will be a one term deal and will probably ruin their political future by having to make the tough decisions necessary to correct the fiasco he is leaving behind.
We do not need the same old inside political games breaking us all. We need to break them for a change.
And there may just be a candidate willing to take that risk soon ;-)
This is one example of exactly why Senate Bill 80 was pushed at State level and so necessary. To eliminate the total power that Abramson has over our money and our futures. The Metro Council has stood by this idiot more times than anyone can count and they cannot cry foul now. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and in his case it has definitely done that. That is why it is important to have transparency and no single person should have unlimited power like this Mayor has.
When you are part of the problem you are NOT part of the solution.
I urge each of you to start calling your reps, local and State, and demanding something be done. Call Crit LuAllen who has proven she is not scared to get involved. Call the Attorney General and demand he get involved in the problems. Heck call the feds they need to know and get involved. I already have.
We elect them all and WE PAY them all. It is about time they started earning it.
Abramson must go but so should all the rubberstamps who sit idly by and keep allowing this idiot to do this to us.
In this case Kelly Downard said it best by stating it's “really a non-report.”
“We have nothing more than before,” said Downard, who is an accountant. Councilman Downard is exactly right did we expect any less?
For Tandy, Norman, and the crew who went to Baltimore? Hope you enjoyed the trip because by the next election these freebies are over.
I for one am certainly going to work to make sure of it.
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