More Information into the Investigation of State Treasurer Lorelee Byrd
The investigation into possible wrongdoing by State Treasurer Loralee Byrd has taken a new turn. It has to do with a letter sent by Deputy State Treasurer Mary Brock. Brock sent a letter last month to Governor Mike Johanns suggesting he curtail the investigation of her boss. The anonymous letter, which Channel 8 Eyewitness News has obtained, was sent September 16th. Brock has admitted to State Patrol investigators that she sent it. In it, Brock criticized Lori McClurg, a Johanns appointee who heads the department of administrative services. It says McClurg knew that the state's new accounting system had problems and did nothing about it. Brock suggested that Johanns fire McClurg to deflect public attention from the probe of alleged financial irregularities by Byrd. Brock's letter said that Byrd could help Johanns if he decides to run for US Senate. Johanns turned the letter over to the State Patrol.
The Governor says now is not the appropriate time to comment specificially on the investigation, since it could be perceived as an influence on the attorney general.