Tuesday, December 05, 2000

Henry answers queries about wedding

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — Lt. Gov. Steve Henry delivered a single three-ring binder of documents to the state auditor's office to answer inquiries about whether the state paid for any part of his October wedding.

        Auditor Ed Hatchett has been looking into whether any state personnel or funds were used for the Oct. 27 nuptials.

        Mr. Henry has said he does not think state resources were used improperly. And, while he said he appreciates the public's right to know about use of state money, he said he would not answer questions about the matter until after the auditor

        completes a review.

        Theirs was an elaborate affair held at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville that was even carried live on local television stations.

        The reception that followed at the swank Seelbach Hotel was emceed by Nick Clooney, a host on the cable television channel American Movie Classics and, like Mrs. Henry, a native of Maysville. It also featured a seven-tiered, 58-inch wedding cake topped by a miniature castle. The groom's cake was shaped like the Old Governor's Mansion, now official residence of the lieutenant governor, where the couple live.

        A state photographer and state video camera operator both worked overtime at the wedding.

        Spokesman Harold McKinney said the materials were delivered after the close of business on Friday and have not been reviewed by auditors working on the matter.

        “We will be looking at it and see if it's what we need,” Mr. McKinney said Monday.

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