Friday, October 17, 2008

Feeding at both ends of the trough

Senate Minority Whip Joey Pendleton wasn't expecting much of a race from his Republican opponent Tom Jones, but an emerging pay scandal related to Sen. Pendleton's job at Murray State University could cause him some problems.

Pendleton's contract at MSU specifies that he is not to be paid on days when he is actually working in Frankfort for the legislature.

According to a statement from the Republican Party of Kentucky, Pendleton "appears to have cheated MSU out of $69,784.00."

RPK Chairman Steve Robertson said Pendleton should "reimburse this money to Murray State University and I hope Attorney General Conway will put aside partisan politics and appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate this matter immediately. The taxpayers deserve accountability."