Governor Steve Beshear is taking some heat for using a state plane to campaign for an eastern Kentucky state senate race.

Thursday, the governor visited Harlan and Bell counties, where a heated race is underway for the seat vacated by Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo.

State republican party chair Steve Robertson said Beshear made the trip under the guise of conducting state business.

Beshear spokeswoman Vicki Glass says the governor will repay the state for any portions of the trip that were personal or political in nature.

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