fast and furious http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Democrats Differ on Holder Contempt Vote http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-democrats-differ-holder-contempt-vote <p>The Democratic lawmakers in Kentucky&#39;s congressional delegation handled the contempt vote of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in the House very differently Thursday.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/28/politics/holder-contempt/index.html">House of Representatives voted 255-to-67 to hold Holder in contempt</a> for failing to turnover key documents tied to the controversial &quot;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/22/politics/btn-fast-and-furious/index.html" target="_blank">Fast and Furious&quot; gun-running</a> operation. But the Obama administration has said the Justice Department has turned over 7,000 pages to Congress and called the vote a &quot;witch hunt.&quot;</p><p>Over a dozen Democrats joined the Republican majority, including Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler of Lexington. He said holding Holder in contempt was more about oversight than politics.</p><div class="article_content"><p>From Chandler&#39;s office:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Throughout my time in Congress and as Attorney General of Kentucky, I have always supported the principle of public disclosure and been an advocate for open records regardless of which party is in power. I voted to hold Harriet Miers and Joshua Bolten in contempt while President Bush was in office, and even though some Republicans have turned this into a political circus, it is imperative that Congress is able to exercise its duties of oversight.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:58:27 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 847 at http://wfpl.org