Did commissioner's aide interfere in domestic partner vote?

01/22/09 Seán Kinane
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One of the five people who spoke against lifting the County Commission’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 Beckner’s proposal to lift the ban.

Kemple had some assistance from another Commissioner’s office. Kemple’s email quotes two emails from what he called “the aide to one of our commissioners” who’s name he did not release in order to, “protect the source.” Kemple would not name the commissioner or the aide.

The aide emailed Kemple that “you’re doing a great job,” because the commissioner had received 10 emails in support of Beckner’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 commissioner’s aide should not have got involved in that manner.

Kemple said that the aide’s actions were appropriate.

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