Did commissioner's aide interfere in domestic partner vote? listen01/22/09 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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One of the five people who spoke against lifting the County Commissionâ€™s ban on asking county staff to research domestic partner benefits was Terry Kemple, president of Community Issues Council (CIC). Yesterday, Kemple sent an email to CIC members congratulating them on putting pressure on the Commission to reject Kevin Becknerâ€™s proposal to lift the ban.
Kemple had some assistance from another Commissionerâ€™s office. Kempleâ€™s email quotes two emails from what he called â€œthe aide to one of our commissionersâ€ whoâ€™s name he did not release in order to, â€œprotect the source.â€ Kemple would not name the commissioner or the aide.
The aide emailed Kemple that â€œyouâ€™re doing a great job,â€ because the commissioner had received 10 emails in support of Becknerâ€™s motion and 258 in opposition. Beckner said one-third of the messages that his office had received were in favor of his motion and that the unnamed commissionerâ€™s aide should not have got involved in that manner.
Kemple said that the aideâ€™s actions were appropriate.