FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says a conflict of interest should bar Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear from suing him.
Beshear filed a lawsuit last week challenging Bevin’s decision to abolish and replace the board of trustees at the University of Louisville. Thursday, Bevin’s attorneys asked a judge to disqualify Beshear.
Bevin’s attorneys say the attorney general is the legal adviser for all state officers. Last year, former Attorney General Jack Conway issued an advisory opinion that said it was legal for the governor to reorganize the university board. Bevin said the state’s code of professional conduct for attorneys prohibits Beshear from suing the governor for following the attorney general’s advice.
Beshear called the move a “desperate tactic” and said he will not let the governor stop him.
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