LEXINTON, Ky. (WTVQ/AP) – Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general says he will prosecute his former chief deputy in state court following his guilty plea to federal bribery charges.
Tim Longmeyer was the deputy attorney general for Andy Beshear.
Court documents unsealed Tuesday at the request of the Lexington Herald-Leader show Longmeyer arranged for illegal campaign donations to Beshear’s campaign along with the failed gubernatorial campaign of Jack Conway.
The documents indicate the money came from a scheme Longmeyer had with Lexington-based MC Squared Consulting, which gave him kickbacks in exchange for help securing contracts with two insurers.
After he won the election, Beshear hired Longmeyer as deputy attorney general. Longmeyer resigned a few days before the federal charges became public. Before that, Longmeyer was Kentucky’s Personnel Cabinet Secretary during Governor Steve Beshear’s administration.
Beshear plans to file state criminal charges against Longmeyere. He says the kickbacks undermine the very things his office is trying to stop.
“Thank God though for the U.S. Attorney and for the FBI because if a criminal was allowed to operate in the Attorney General’s Office that would have been serious, that would have been significant and it would have undermined all of the things that we are trying to do,” said Beshear.
The Republican Party of Kentucky questions Beshear’s ability to remain unbiased. It released the following statement:
“How can Kentuckians be expected to trust Andy Beshear to conduct an unbiased and impartial investigation into accusations so intimately linked to close political allies, his father’s administration and his own campaign and official office? His insistence on personally handling this case should raise more than a few eyebrows.” – Tres Watson, RPK Communications Director
Federal authorities have said no political candidates were aware of Longmeyer’s illegal activities.
Beshear says he plans to follow the same process that resulted in the prosecution of former Republican Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who went to prison for violating state ethics and campaign finance laws.
Longmeyer will be sentenced for the federal charges in August. He faces up to ten years in prison.