Andy Beshear releases endorsements after again declining to list companies he's represented against the state

12/15/2014 09:38 AM

Democratic attorney general candidate Andy Beshear is releasing a list of prominent endorsement days after telling the Lexington-Herald Leader he will not be disclosing his client list — a question Pure Politics has posed to Beshear since the summer of 2013.

Beshear, the son of current Gov. Steve Beshear, is currently the lone candidate in the race for attorney general in 2015 and has been breaking records with more than $1.48 million already raised for the race.

On Saturday the Lexington newspaper pointed out that Beshear, who wants to protect Kentuckians in the office “won’t discuss his legal work or identify any of the clients he has represented before the attorney general.”

In September of 2013 while Beshear was still mulling a run for attorney general Pure Politics posed the question on his current representation to Beshear and current Attorney General Jack Conway.

From the 2013 article:

Beshear, like his father once did, works for Stites & Harbison. And that firm, for instance, is one of several representing pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma. Purdue Pharma manufactures the painkiller Oxycontin, which has proven to be addictive. And Kentucky has been in a six-year lawsuit over the marketing of the drug to Kentucky doctors. Beshear is not one of the firm’s primary lawyers listed on that case, according to court filings.

Beshear has continued to say he will not disclose his client list when asked again by Pure Politics in August of 2014 at pre-Fancy Farm events.

On Monday, Beshear released a lengthy list of Kentucky attorneys supporting his candidacy:

• Greg Allen, Magoffin County attorney

• Keith Bartley, Floyd County attorney

• Dan Boaz, McCracken County commonwealth’s attorney

• Steven Parker Boggs, Harlan County commonwealth’s attorney

• Mark Bryant, former McCracken County commonwealth’s attorney

• Fred Bursoe, Jr., Harlan County attorney

• Richard Campbell, Boyle County attorney

• Tommy Chandler, former commonwealth’s and Webster County attorney

• Edwin H. Clark, former assistant attorney general

• Bryan Ernstberger, Calloway County attorney-elect

• J. Michael Foster, Christian County attorney

• D. Joleen Frederick, Morgan County attorney

• Gail Guiling, commonwealth’s attorney for Logan and Todd counties

• H. Keith Hall, Pike County attorney

• Matthew Hite, Nelson County attorney

• Byron Hobgood, Hopkins County attorney-elect

• Patrick Hughes, former deputy attorney general

• Albert Jones, former U.S. attorney

• Khalid Kahloon, former assistant U.S. attorney

• Graham Martin, commonwealth’s attorney for Knott and Magoffin counties

• Amy Milliken, Warren County attorney

• Brucie Moore, Union County attorney

• Michael R. Murphy, McCracken County attorney

• Mike O’Connell, Jefferson County attorney

• Jennifer B. Oldham, Hardin County attorney

• G. L. Ovey, commonwealth’s attorney for Lyon, Caldwell, Livingston and Trigg counties

• Michelle Snodgrass, Campbell County commonwealth’s attorney

• Michael B. Stacy, commonwealth’s attorney for Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman counties

• Brian Thomas, Clark County attorney

• Tad Thomas, former assistant deputy attorney general

• Brent Turner, Floyd County commonwealth’s attorney

• Kent Wicker, former first assistant U.S. attorney

• G. Davis Wilson, Bourbon County attorney

• Thomas B. Wine, Jefferson County commonwealth’s attorney

• Michael A. Wright, former assistant attorney general

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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