In A Kentucky Newspaper’s endorsement today, here’s what they say about Greg Fischer and the mayoral race, attacking Hal Heiner:
Mr. Heiner launched a misleading attack ad that suggested that Mr. Fischer had made improper commitments to lure independent candidate Jackie Green out of the race. Actually, as demonstrated by the e-mail trail that Mr. Heiner demanded be made public, Mr. Fischer had behaved appropriately. In approving the ad, Mr. Heiner violated his pledge not to engage in negative advertising — a promise Mr. Fischer kept.
Mr. Green’s withdrawal in favor of Mr. Fischer made good sense, since Mr. Fischer’s positions on environmental and transportation issues are more in line with the views that Mr. Green usefully introduced to this year’s political discussion.
As we all know by now, that’s just not based in reality. LEO previously addressed the Gannett paper’s purposefully slanted coverage, we’ve highlighted the facts and even gone in-depth with Green camp communications. To ignore reality is a shame. Especially when it comes to protecting an editorial endorsement investment.
Interestingly, LEO Weekly handled the endorsement scandal much differently and included details that were available to the Gannett paper, but for some reason were not published:
LEO reported last Wednesday that independent mayoral candidate Jackie Green told his staff that the Fischer campaign “raised the issue of our team” playing a role in Metro government while negotiating his departure from the race. “The (Fischer campaign) also raised the issue of our team playing a role inside gov. — should Greg get lucky. ;),” Green wrote his staff in an Oct. 13 e-mail.
Under state law, candidates cannot make “expenditure, loan, promise, agreement or contract as to action when elected, in consideration for a vote.” Any person who knowingly violates this provision could be charged with a Class D felony, punishable by up to one to five years in prison.
Fischer has since released an ad slamming Heiner, calling his attack “deceitful” for alleging that Green was given something in return for his endorsement and taking exception with LEO’s coverage.
“It’s pretty obvious, if you read the e-mails that we released last week, that nothing was promised to Jackie Green other than input,” says Fischer campaign spokesman Chris Poynter. “Unfortunately, your publication has chosen to focus only on e-mails between Green and his campaign staff. And you know, that is Green’s interpretation to his staff.
Click here to read the rest of that. Not surprising, Poynter defended A Kentucky Newspaper and attacked LEO’s inclusion of additional information to make the story more complete.
Finally, Jonathan Meador spent a day on the campaign trail with Greg Fischer. Check this bit about the ice and beverage machine:
Founded in 1974, ServEnd Distributors was bought by Fischer’s father in 1980 and renamed ServEnd International. Fischer’s work there has become something of a black eye for the Highlands’ businessman, who has been criticized for claiming to have invented the company’s flagship ice-vending machine, which put ServEnd on the map as a result of the convenience store explosion of the ’80s.
Court documents obtained by The Ville Voice show Fischer’s name on only one patent, No. 4,641,763, as co-inventor, while ServEnd co-founder Jerry Landers’ name appears on the remaining 13.
Fischer finds the criticism puzzling. “I don’t understand that. I co-founded a business in 1980, and Jerry Landers and I invented an ice and beverage dispenser. We started a business in a garage and built it internationally. Most people would think that’s a good thing,” he laughs.
Click here to read the rest of that story.
Unfortunately for Fischer, it is well-documented that he did not invent or co-invent an ice and beverage dispenser. Greg’s name is but a secondary on a patent for the development of a metal plate. A metal plate.. Not the machine that’s made up of 10-12 different patented pieces of equipment that were not developed by Greg Fischer. The actual inventor of that original metal plate, Jerry Landers, is even on record discussing the matter.
Most people do believe improving a product is a good thing. They don’t, however, think misrepresenting what you actual did is such a good thing.