Sources have told BluegrassReport.org in recent weeks that [KY lieutenant governor Steve] Pence was one of the few members of the Fletcher Administration who opposed granting pardons. Also, recall Pence's on-the-record promise to Pat Crowley of the Kentucky Enquirer the day after then Democratic Governor Paul Patton pardoned four campaign workers in 2003 before trial by stating:
"Things like that are not going to happen in a Fletcher-Pence administration."
... I, ERNIE FLETCHER, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, do hereby grant a full, complete, and unconditional pardon to (list of 9 individuals), and any and all persons who have committed, or may be accused of committing, any offense up to and including the date hereof, relating in any way to the current merit system investigation being conducted by the special grand jury presently sitting in Franklin County, Kentucky and the Office of the Attorney General, including but not limited to any violation of KRS Chapter 18A, all statutes within the Kentucky Penal Code, and in particular (list of 12 specific statutes). The provisions of the this Order shall not apply to Ernie Fletcher, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The governor expects the controversy to blow over before the next campaign season, said Barbara Bardes, a resident of Rabbit Hash, Ky., and an American politics professor at the University of Cincinnati.
"It's a very long time to the next election," she said.
Throughout the controversy, Kentuckians have remained relatively disinterested, Bardes said. She suggested that it could be because the charges of political favors the individuals were facing were "nothing new in Kentucky."
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