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‘An abuse of power’: KY’s GOP governor under investigation for ‘misuse of official resources’

10/25/2019 12:20 pm ET Dara Brewton
KY Gov under investigation for 'misuse of official resources'

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is currently being investigated by the Freedom From Religion Foundation for holding a “spiritual” event at the Governor’s Mansion.

The foundation claims that it is seeking to “halt the Kentucky governor’s misuse of official resources.” Members believe that holding the event at the governor’s mansion may be a violation. According to the Courier Journal, the group has requested to see all related records which include promotional materials, advertisements, invitations, RSVPs, and staffing records.

Andrew L. Seidel, the director of strategic response for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, had this to say:

“If this was a campaign event, Bevin couldn’t use state resources. If this was a religious event, Bevin couldn’t use state resources. Either way, it’s hard to imagine how this is not an abuse of power. We’re going to find out.”

This isn’t the first time that Bevin has been accused of blurring the line between church and state. He has “repeatedly used his public office to promote his personal religion.” According to a statement put out by Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Kentucky governor has also been accused of alienating non-Christain Kentuckians by proclaiming they year 2017 the “Year of the Bible”. He pushed “prayer walks” as a way to fight the rise of violence in Louisville. Plus, he encouraged schoolchildren to “proselytize their non-Christian classmates” by promoting Bring Your Bible to School Day.

Bevin is currently running in a very close governor race with Democrat Andy Beshear. In fact, recent polls showing them deadlocked in a tie, less than two weeks from the election. While Bevin may have the support of President Trump, he is widely unpopular in his state as Sam Newton, a spokesperson for the Beshear campaign, is happy to point out:

“Under Bevin, too many families across Kentucky are making less every year, and Bevin is still refusing to support protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. Working families are ready for a governor who will be in their corner and Andy Beshear has proven he’ll work with anyone to get the job done.”

Perhaps Bevin would have been more popular with Kentucky voters if he had heeded the advice of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s co-president: “Get off your knees and get to work.”

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