AG's Office Appoints Special Prosecutor in Henry Case

Associated Press Writer

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Attorney General Greg Stumbo's office has appointed a special prosecutor to review a campaign finance complaint lodged against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Henry.

Stumbo, who is also involved on a slate in the Democratic primary, referred a complaint by one of Henry's former campaign workers to special prosecutor James Crawford, a commonwealth's attorney in Carrollton.

Leslie Holland, Henry's former campaign aide, complained about Henry's fundraising tactics to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Her attorney, Oliver Barber Jr., forwarded the complaint to the attorney general's office this week, saying action needed to come before the May 22 primary.

Henry spokesman C.D. Wilson did not have an immediate comment.

Henry is one of seven Democrats seeking the party nomination. Holland made several allegations in her complaint to the registry, including one that Henry had taken campaign contributions before he officially entered the governor's race.

Henry, the lieutenant governor from 1995 to 2003, has denied any wrongdoing, and has denied that Holland worked as his campaign manager.

The other Democrats in the race are: former Lt. Gov. Steve Beshear, Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith, demolition contractor Otis Hensley Jr., Louisville businessman Bruce Lunsford, state Treasurer Jonathan Miller and House Speaker Jody Richards.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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