By WYMT News Staff
(WYMT/WKYT) – The attack ads will likely be fierce in the Kentucky governor’s race leading up to November.
Incumbent Governor Matt Bevin, who won the GOP primary, and Attorney General Andy Beshear, who was victorious in the Democratic race, are intense political rivals.
Sister station WKYT reports the two have duked it out in court several times during the last four years, with both winning different battles.
Bevin was elected in 2015 and one of his first acts was to swing at Beshear’s father, former governor Steve Beshear. Bevin took down Kynect and investigated reports of corruption in Steve’s administration.
When Bevin tried to cut higher education funding, Beshear sued him. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in his favor that time. Other lawsuits Beshear filed against Bevin concerned the boards of trustees at the University of Louisville and the Kentucky Retirement Systems.
The rivalry reached new levels when the issue of pensions for teachers and other state employees swept the state. Bevin signed Senate Bill 151 into law, which Beshear promptly sued. A judge ruled the bill unconstitutional.
The pension debate grew hotter as teachers called in sick to protest at the Capitol, causing some schools to close for several days. Bevin filed subpoenas to get the names of the teachers who called in sick. Beshear tried to sue to stop the subpoenas, but a judge denied his demands.
Now that the two are facing each other for the governor’s spot in November, their opposition will likely get more intense.