Beshear: There is a “Systematic Breakdown of Ethics” in Frankfort

Jul 24, 2017

Beshear speaking at Murray State earlier this year
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said there is a “systematic breakdown of ethics” in Frankfort.

Beshear spoke to high school students in the Governor’s Scholars Program at Murray State University Monday. Taking aim at Governor Matt Bevin’s administration, Beshear said he has a number of concerns including an executive order granting the governor’s office more direct control over a complaint hotline and appointments to an ethics board.

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission unanimously dismissed on Friday complaints involving a mansion Bevin bought from a political donor and appointee. On Twitter, Beshear said of the ruling “every Kentuckian should be outraged.”

Beshear also discussed rape kit testing efforts and the economic and social challenges in combatting the state’s drug epidemic.

Beshear will likely reiterate his concerns at the Fancy Farm Picnic on August 5.