Monday, June 12, 2006

Bablitch: Thompson Acted on Her Own

DOA Secretary Steve Bablitch met with reporters at the federal courthouse and first read from a statement.

"The jury found in this case that the process was manipulated to benefit a particular bidder," Bablitch said. "Such behavior is incompatible with continued employment at this agency. Anyone convicted of a felony will not work in this administration."

He added there will be a review process but would not make any announcements about it today.

Bablitch said Thompson acted on her own and stressed she was not pressured from anybody else.

"Even the prosecutor said this is Miss Thompson acting on her own and there was not pressure from anybody else," he said.

Bablitch said the bidding process was fair, impartial and fundamentally sound.

"There was no evidence whatsoever that the governor had anything to do with this. I don't think it will harm the governor," he said.

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