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Beshear Boots Sec'y State's Wife Off Nature Board

FRANKFORT, KY -- Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has repeatedly claimed that outside of the campaign trail, members of both parties should come together, but politics can quietly creep into boards' and commissions' appointments, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Sunday edition.

"When given the chance to send an olive branch to Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson by reappointing Grayson's wife Nancy to the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, Beshear declined," writes veteran Herald-Leader political reporter Ryan Alessi.

Beshear's office didn't inform Grayson or his staff of the decision to reject Nancy Grayson's application for a second term on that board, deputy Secretary of State Les Fugate confirmed, the Herald-Leader reports.

Beshear's office filed paperwork on Sept. 2 that showed the governor was replacing Grayson on the board with Carl W. Breeding of Lexington for a term that expires in July 2011, the newspaper reports.

The commission is a non-political organization that, according to its mission statement, that aims to "protect Kentucky's natural heritage.
Neither Grayson nor Breeding have strong nature backgrounds.

Grayson is an attorney by training, receiving her law degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Breeding is an attorney for Greenbaum Doll and McDonald in Lexington. He didn't contribute to Beshear's campaign last year and instead gave $200 to Beshear's Republican opponent, Gov. Ernie Fletcher, last October, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Sunday edition.

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