Monday, March 06, 2006

Run for Governor Would 'Need Money in the Bank'

Blanchard asked if around the time Richard was hired Jensen was looking to "ramp up" his fundraising operation. Healy balked at this statement at first, but then relented after Blanchard showed him comments he made in an earlier interview.

"There was speculation (Jensen) was going to run for governor and if we were going to do that, we were going to need money in the bank," Healy said.

Healy remarked under questioning from Blanchard, "It wasn't hard to raise money in the speaker's office."

Asked to explain that statement on redirect by Meyer, Healy said, "As speaker a lot of people want to be friendly and want to be helpful, so it doesn't take a lot of work to raise money."

Healy's time on the stand is over and the court is on lunch break until approximately 1:30 p.m.

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