Beshear Ponders Ethics Ruling While Firing Back At The GOP

LaGrange, Ky. -- An ethics opinion could decide the political future of Kentucky's attorney general.

By a 4-1 vote, the Executive Branch Ethics Commission told A.G. Andy Beshear if he pursues an investigation of Gov. Bevin's purchase of an Anchorage mansion, he can't run for governor in 2019, citing a conflict of interest.

Beshear, speaking to reporters after a scam awareness event with senior citizens in LaGrange, says he's reviewing the opinion, especially a part that would prevent him from supporting the Democratic nominee if he didn't run.

Beshear says the opinion will not rush his decision on whether or not he will enter the 2019 governor's race.

Responding on WVHU Radio, Gov. Bevin says any investigation into the purchase of his house would be a "political hack job" and that Beshear is doing it for political reasons.

Beshear als made clear he's not handing off the U of L Foundation investigation.

Responding to the Kentucky GOP's call to recuse himself from the case to avoid a conflict of interest, Beshear says he "belives in doing his job."

 The conflict alleged by the GOP stems from Beshear's time at Stites & Harbison, the lawyers that had previously represented the foundation.

Beshear says he's not surprised the state party made the call because they "exist entirely to attack people from the other side."

He says his office has asked for more information on specific topics that will guide the investigation going forward. He did not offer a timetable for wrapping up the probe.


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