Jack Conway says GOP is 'out of bounds' for making a political issue out of his brother's troubles

06/01/2011 04:04 PM

FRANKFORT —Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway is taking offense to questions repeatedly asked by the Republican Party of Kentucky chair Steve Robertson regarding a drug investigation that focused on Conway’s brother, Matt.

Robertson has sent out a news release everyday for the last month asking what Jack Conway knew about investigations regarding Matt Conway. And Robertson has publicly questioned whether Jack Conway, as the state’s top law enforcement agent, got involved on his brother’s behalf.

Jack Conway has consistently denied getting involved.

Matt Conway resigned in late April from his job as assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Jefferson County. That came months after he admitted to police that he lied about being tipped off by Louisville Metro Police officers about an investigation into whether Matt Conway was selling drugs.

Police never charged Matt Conway.

In a January interview with Pure Politics (Five minute mark) Jack Conway insisted that he directed his brother to get a lawyer and stepped away from the matter.

On Wednesday, Conway called the Republican Party’s tactics “mean and out of bounds” when asked by reporters about whether the issue could be a political liability for him. And Jack Conway said that he was never interviewed by police or prosecutors about any potential wrong-doing.

Jack Conway, who is running for re-election as Attorney General, will face Republican Todd P’Pool in the November general election. Neither Conway nor P’Pool, the Hopkins County Attorney, had primary opposition.

Without a primary, Conway has mainly focused on attorney general rather than raising tons of campaign money. He collected $166,000 in the primary, as opposed to $446,000 that Conway raised in the spring of 2007 during his first run for attorney general.

He’s also been preparing for his second child, due this July, while also helping his wife, Elizabeth, at home with his first child, Eva.

With the birth of his second child nearing, Conway said he plans on hiring a campaign manager in the next few weeks. He said he’s narrowed the list to a few candidates.

But with the general election here, Conway said he’s still going to campaign as much as possible, but hopes voters will understand if he has to cancel an appearance last minute.

And while he’s starting to hire staff, Conway said he would bring in a new campaign team. That includes not bringing back one of his main consultants from his 2010 U.S. Senate run, Mark Riddle, Conway said.

-Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston


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