Stumbo Says 33 Of 50 Appointments By Governor Have Been Republicans

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Attorney General Greg Stumbo has asked a judge to weigh in on whether Governor Fletcher has complied with state law in his appointments to the governing boards at several state universities.

The Democratic attorney general argues in a lawsuit that Fletcher has appointed too many Republicans to the boards, violating a law requiring "proportional representation of the two leading political parties" based on voter registration.

Fletcher's general counsel, David Fleenor, said in a letter last week that the governor has followed the law in making the appointments. Since taking office, Fletcher has made about 50 appointments to university boards, of which 33 have been Republicans.

Stumbo said that has thrown the governing boards out of balance at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville as well as at Eastern, Western, Kentucky State, Murray State and Northern Kentucky.

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

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