Endorsement e-mails between Fischer, Green - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Endorsement e-mails between Fischer, Green

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By Bennett Haeberle WDRB-TV Fox 41 News   bhaeberle@fox41.com

LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Independent candidate Jackie Green agreed to drop out of Louisville's mayor's race and endorse Democrat Greg Fischer so long as he could have "significant input" in one of Fischer's cabinets.

Republican Hal Heiner called the move "wrong" and released an attack ad Tuesday calling the deal reached between Fischer and Green "the worst kind of politics."

The ad claims Fischer engaged in dirty politics by negotiating with Independent Jackie Green to drop out of Louisville's mayor race.

Emails released between the Fischer and Green campaigns show both sides essentially tried to work out language for a press release announcing Green's decision to bow out of the race.

Green said he met with Fischer twice last week, once at the Galt House and again at Quills Coffee in the Highlands.

Emails between to the two camps show Green agreed to drop out of the race if Fischer would adopt more of Green's philosophies or if Green was given "significant input" over Fischer's Office of Sustainability.

Green writes if the deal isn't reached, "the three candidate race continues."

During an interview Tuesday, Green said Heiner's attack ad is misguided.  "His campaign is going to embarrass themselves. Again there is no quid pro quo, there is no job, there is no deal -- there is no gun let alone a smoking one."

Green denies that he was guaranteed any "job" but did say he could see himself working for Fischer's administration.

"I could. I could. That depends on how that office is structured. What kind of authority that office is given," Green said he would have to be in a position to answer directly to Fischer.

Heiner said a Metro department should not be traded for an endorsement.

Green says he told Heiner of his plans to drop out last week. "Hal said 'we want you in the race,'" said Green.

Heiner repeatedly denied that the conversation took place.  "Maybe a conversation on an elevator," Heiner said. When asked if anyone from his campaign had encouraged Green to stay in the race, Heiner said: "No. No."

Chris Poynter, Fischer's spokesman, said the emails "demonstrate that Green asked for the world and Greg said 'No.'"

In the end, a deal was reached: Fischer gained an endorsement and Green gained the promise of influence.

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