Beshear Taps Republican Lt. Governor Pence For Transition Team

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Steve Pence, a Republican who was
removed from his perch atop the state Justice Cabinet, will help
Gov.-elect Steve Beshear with his incoming administration's
transition to power.

Beshear, a Democrat who defeated Gov. Ernie Fletcher in this
week's general election, also announced Thursday that his former
campaign manager, Jim Cauley, and Larry Hayes, Louisville's deputy
mayor, will have top roles in his administration.

"We are going to approach governing this state on the basis of
trying to find the best people to help us regardless of their
political affiliation," Beshear said at an afternoon press
conference. "And, we're hitting the ground running and carrying
out that promise to the people of this state."

Just two days after unseating Fletcher, Beshear has set about
the task of implementing his new administration. Beshear gets sworn
in as governor on Dec. 11, and has so far met with legislative
leaders in the Kentucky General Assembly and is planning to meet
with the state Board of Education on Friday.

Beshear, a former attorney general and lieutenant governor, has
said he wants his cabinet in place by his inauguration. Cauley will
be his chief of staff, while Hayes will work as the secretary of
his executive cabinet. His general counsel will be Ellen Hesen, of
Louisville.

On Thursday, Beshear also announced 10 other officials who will
help lead his efforts to get a new administration up to speed on
where Fletcher's team is leaving off. They are: Pence, Ed Holmes,
of Lexington; Joetta Wickliffe, of Harrodsburg; Mark D. Guilfoyle,
of northern Kentucky; Carol Palmore, of Frankfort; Eleanor Jordan,
of Louisville; Donna Moore, of Lexington; Steve Nunn, of Glasgow;
Helen Mountjoy of Owensboro; and state Sen. Ernesto Scorsone, of
Lexington.


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