The Louisville Metro Council has not yet voted on Insight Communications’s franchise agreement. But Dan Klepal at the Courier-Journal has an interesting story on Insight’s recent offer of luxury suite tickets to Friday’s basketball game in the KFC Yum Center.

Here are a few quotes:

“Whenever I do, that’s my business,” [Councilman Dan] Johnson said, adding that he doesn’t believe the tickets and suite access represent a conflict of interest. “Do you really think we’re going to vote against the Insight contract? I don’t think that’s even a question.”

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Council President Tom Owen, a Democrat, was not offered tickets and told his colleagues in an e-mail that accepting them would be “unwise” because it would be “impossible to avoid the public perception of inappropriate influence.”

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“Given the circumstances we’re dealing with … I don’t think it would be wise,” said Democrat David Tandy. “I’ll just watch it on TV.”

Democrat Barbara Shanklin declined, she said, because of the pending vote on the franchise agreement.

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“Insight routinely entertains business, civic and political leaders,” [Insight spokesperson and former Council Member Ellen] Call said. “There’s really nothing unusual about this — it’s the ordinary course of business.”

 

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