(Editor’s note: The original version of this piece was first posted on Louisville Courant.)
By Curtis Morrison, Louisville Courant
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he’s for the East End Bridge.
But is he?
River Fields is a conservancy that does some good stuff, but mostly opposes the East End Bridge.
This designation is significant and quite unfortunate because the most expensive hurdle to an East End Bridge involved a proposed $260 million tunnel beneath the Drumanard Estate.
During the next couple days, Say No to Bridge Tolls will be resubmitting their petition to the Kentucky Heritage Council to de-list the Drumanard Estate , according to the organization’s co-founder Shawn Reilly.
With longtime Greg Fischer supporter Lindy Casebie as the temporary director of the Heritage Council, and Beshear’s mind-blowingly objective Bob Griffith, freshly appointed, it will be theater to see how the petition is treated.
At best, we could see the Drumanard de-listed, which could lead to an East End bridge without a tunnel, constructed much sooner, and much cheaper.
So, the allegedly historical status could be repealed by the the Kentucky Heritage Council.
Or well, it could have been had Griffith not been appointed chairman.
The Kentucky Heritage Preservation website shows Griffith, known usually as “Bob” Griffith, is a resident of Big Springs, Kentucky, near Vine Grove. This is probably true, as he and his wife own the 1851 CLARKSON- HARDAWAY HOME located there.
LEO readers may remember Steve Shaw’s interview with Griffith referenced in the legendary 2009 issue on River Fields that was particularly hard to find because it was allegedly stolen from downtown receptacles.
In that article, Shaw noted Griffith was a “gentleman with thinning gray hair whose spirit betrays no hint of ill will.” LEO: Burned Bridge.
Griffith is with the Louisville legal firm of Stites & Harbison, on whose website he proudly boasts he is the “volunteer General Counsel to River Fields, Inc.”
This development could prove poignant for Beshear, especially since it was discovered earlier this year he had overlooked conflicts of interest in appointing Bridges Authority Chair Charles Buddeke.
DISGUSTINGLY CORRUPT OVERSIGHT is apparently part of Beshear’s platform.
Note to River Fields Director Meme Runyon: Well played.
Note to my family and friends in my native homeland: I’m sorry.
Note to Governor Steve Beshear: Expect David Williams, the Kentuckians for Progress, and any Republican paying attention to use angry dogs to pull you and Mr. Abramson both over some very hot coals for this bullcrap. As they should.
Note to myself and EVERY OTHER SELF-RESPECTING KENTUCKY DEMOCRAT WITH A PULSE: You were a fool not to challenge Beshear from the left.