McConnell Challenger Attacks Kentucky AG For ‘Abdicating’ His Job

Unsuccessful Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway concedes his race to Republican Rand Paul during a speech in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Matt Bevin, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) challenger in the Senate primary, accused his state’s attorney general of “abdicating” his responsibilities by refusing to appeal a ruling on Kentucky’s gay marriage ban.

“I think that the attorney general’s job is to represent the will of the people of Kentucky,” Bevin told TPM on Friday. “I think he’s abdicating on that responsibility. And it’s disappointing to me that he’s doing so because the taxpayers of Kentucky have to pay outside counsel to do the job we’re already paying him to do.”

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) recently announced that he would not appeal a ruling from a federal judge that said that Kentucky had to recognize same-sex marriages in other states. In an interview with TPM, he said, “I thought long and hard. I thought about the arc of history.”

The state’s governor, Steve Beshear (D), said he planned to appeal the ruling.

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