Check this press release from Chris Poynter (some capitalization and punctuation would be nice in a press release, Poynter – come on), in which Tom Owen claims Tyler Allen was promised significant input on transportation issues in exchange for his endorsement of Hal Heiner:
Owen said he met with Allen in September just before Allen announced he was endorsing Heiner. The two met for an hour at the McDonald’s at Warnock Avenue and Floyd St. at U of L.
Owen called Allen and arranged the meeting because he heard that Allen was about to announce he was backing Heiner.
“Tyler clearly stated to me that he was promised by the Heiner campaign to have input into transportation issues, if he endorsed Heiner and if Heiner won,” Owen said. “Mr. Heiner, whom I respect, is being a hypocrite. I call on Hal to come clean with the public and with the voters.”
Unfortunately, Tyler Allen didn’t go to Hal Heiner seeking something in exchange for his endorsement and Heiner didn’t go to him making promises in exchange for his endorsement. And I haven’t seen it in writing. I’ve spoken extensively with Lisa Moxley, who had no conversations about promises or input with Heiner. Haven’t spoken to Shannon White, but who cares about her?
The reality here is there is a paper trail between Fischer and Green that outlines something solid in exchange for an endorsement – which is illegal.
Where’s the proof in this instance, beyond what Tom Owen suggests?
Because something tells me Tyler Allen isn’t stupid enough to put anything like that in writing.
UPDATE – LEO Weekly discussed this in September. Owen didn’t have any concerns at that time. Interesting.
ANOTHER UPDATE – The Heiner camp responded:
Greg Fischer’s campaign knows that they are in trouble. Voters are starting to see the true Greg Fischer and he is losing ground. Now, he is dragging Tom Owen into his hole to throw wild accusations with no proof whatsoever. To be perfectly clear – at no point in this race has Hal Heiner offered or promised anything other than a change in the status quo. Tyler, unlike Jackie, endorsed for the right reasons, because he believes Hal Heiner is the only candidate that can bring real change to Louisville.