Monday, April 25, 2016

Beshear seeks investigation of Bevin as feud escalates

(AP) — Kentucky's Democratic attorney general has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to investigate whether the Republican governor has used campaign contribution records as grounds for firing state workers.

The request is the latest escalation in the feud between Attorney General Andy Beshear and Gov. Matt Bevin.

Bevin took office in December and replaced Beshear's father, two-term Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

Beshear's letter to the commission requesting an investigation came days after Bevin announced he would hire a private law firm to investigate whether the former governor violated procurement laws and coerced state workers to donate to campaigns. Andy Beshear's letter asked the ethics commission to take over that investigation.


Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said the administration would welcome a parallel investigation. She did not respond directly to Andy Beshear's allegations.