Heiner and Fischer square off over endorsement, voters react

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by Mike Colombo

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 27, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 15 at 3:35 PM

   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer says his campaign didn't do anything wrong negotiating for Jackie Green's endorsement, but republican opponent Hal Heiner says e-mails between Fischer and Green prove otherwise.
   When it comes to the game of politics, many current and former politicians here in Louisville will tell you endorsements have always been a two way street. When it comes to these allegations however, the republican party of Kentucky says these allegations are serious and potentially criminal asking for a special prosecutor to investigate. However, do voters feel the same way?
   “We need to just lay out there, exactly what's going on here because we cannot continue with a government that is not open, honest and accountable,” said Republican mayoral candidate Hal Heiner.
   Those words from republican mayoral candidate Hal Heiner speak directly to the issue at hand. In his own defense, Fischer says the e-mails he released last night prove that his campaign didn't promise Jackie Green a job in exchange for his endorsement.  “Ludicrous accusations and negative politics to be part of this race. I feel the citizens of Louisville deserve better than that,” said Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer.
   Fischer counters that there is nothing special about Green's "significant input" and that any citizen can offer significant input into his administration. As executive director of the Americana Community Center, Edgardo Mansilla says he'll rely on whoever is elected to advocate for the various nationalities of people he represents. He feels this controversy is just part of the game.  "This is politics and with two weeks till the election everything could play a role," said Edgardo Mansilla.
   In fact, he hopes the winner will embrace ideas from the other side in making Louisville the best city it can be. Now out of this race, former independent candidate Jackie Green thinks his sides input would do just that.  “Louisville needs our input because his team if you look at their statements, his team doesn't have the handle that they need to have over sustainability and what that means for Louisville,” said Jackie Green, “I think Greg will do the right thing, and the right thing is to bring our team to the table and give us significant input.”
   For now, the endorsement stands as does the Republican Party’s request to the Attorney General’s office to appoint an unbiased special prosecutor to look into the details of this endorsement. Voters like Edgardo Mansilla are left to hope for a best case scenario for those impacted by this election. "When the loser loses and the winner wins, we all shake hands and the goal is how we can improve life of our citizens," added Mansilla.
Maybe Edgardo's wish will come true. Unlike last Sunday's senate debate between Jack Conway and Rand Paul, at the end of Wednesday's mayoral forum Hal Heiner and Greg Fischer did shake hands a respectful gesture in this hotly contested mayoral race.


 

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