Thursday, June 17, 2010

Benge Clams Up, Refuses To Answer Questions

House Speaker Chris Benge has refused to answer questions posed by The McCarville Report Online about Governor Henry's plan to install highway traffic cameras to catch vehicle owners without the required insurance.

Benge's spokeswoman, Jennifer Monies, responded to TMRO's repeated questions today with, "I am sorry, but the Speaker does not have a comment on either question."

TMRO asked Benge if he'd had any contact about the plan with former Congressman J. C. Watts, or anyone on his behalf.

Purpose of the questions, in part, was to confirm or deny information provided TMRO that Watts spoke with his "contacts" in Benge's office on June 10, 2009, and that InsureNet official Wayne Pettigrew spoke with Jim Reese, Benge's policy director, in May of 2009 as the company worked to gain approval of its plan in 2010.

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