LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is calling for an investigation into Gov. Matt Bevin’s house deal in Louisville.
Bevin and his family moved into a mansion in Anchorage that was previously owned by a political donor appointed by the governor to the Kentucky Retirement Systems board. The Bevin's seemingly got a more than a $1 million discount on the home compared to the county’s official property estimate.
Beshear says there “continues to be a lot of smoke” stemming from the issue .Beshear has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to weigh in on whether he has the authority to investigate if the governor used his position to get a deal on the house. On Tuesday, Beshear said the commission still hadn’t responded.
Bevin criticized coverage of the issue, comparing reporters to “cicadas”.In a tweet, Bevin also called Courier-Journal reporter Tom Loftus a “sick man” and claiming that state police removed Loftus from the property earlier this year. In Loftus’ account, he went to the property earlier this year but left after meeting state police in the driveway of the mansion. Beshear says Bevin could be accused of libel for wrongfully claiming that Loftus committed a crime.