GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. — Lewis Nicholls-D, who currently serves as the Representative of the 98th District, said he has no proof of a Legislative Pension Transparency Pledge, which his opponent, Danny Bentley-R, called on him to sign.
In a press release Bentley announced Monday that has signed the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solution’s ‘Legislative Pension Transparency’ pledge and has called on Lew Nicholls to follow his lead.
Nicholls told The Daily Times that he has not seen the pledge that he was challenged by his opponent.
“My opponent has challenged me to sign a pledge from a Republican group known as the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solution’s “Legislative Pension Transparency.” My opponent wants me to sign a pledge that I have neither seen nor read,” Nicholls said. “I believe in transparency in government. In addition, I believe that we need to solve the state employee and teacher pension system funding shortfall.”
Nicholls stated that there is a difference between pledges and oaths, and a pledge is not among his requirements to sign.
“There’s a difference between pledges and oaths. In my lifetime, I have taken several oaths to uphold the principles and values of the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The first was July 11, 1974, when I was commissioned an officer in the United States Army,” he said. “Since then, I have sworn an oath as a district judge, circuit judge, and now as State Representative. No pledge was necessary for me to do the right thing.”
Nicholls asserts that pledges are mere political propaganda, and have no significance.
“The pledges that get passed around during campaign season are nothing more than political games. I’m not here to play political games. I’ve placed my hand on the Bible four times and sworn an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, “so help me God.” That is something I take very seriously.” he said. “Send me to Frankfort to take that oath again and I will vote to fix the pension troubles and will do it in a responsible manner with transparency and without cheap theatrical tricks.”
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