Gov. Beshear won't say whether he supports effort to oust Harold Workman

02/22/2012 12:00 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear, who is a member of the Kentucky State Fair Board, said there are ongoing discussions about the future of the board’s executive director Harold Workman but declined to say whether he wants Workman out.

“I know that various fair board members have been discussing Mr. Workman’s future and the future of the fair board,” Beshear told Pure Politics and WHAS-11’s Joe Arnold after the governor testified in favor of a bill to allow casinos on Wednesday.

But when asked repeatedly whether Beshear, himself, supports the removal of Workman, all Beshear would say was: “We’re continuing those conversations about his future.”

The board is scheduled to meet Thursday. The Courier-Journal first reported the discussions on Tuesday.

And it could affect the fate of the casino bill after at least one state Sen. Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville, pledged to defend Workman, who is popular among the agriculture community.

Beshear also wouldn’t say why Workman’s future has come up now — at a crucial time for his proposal to allow casinos, especially if it might jeopardize some senators’ support.

“The state fair board and the future of the fair board is an independent issue,” Beshear said.


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