FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two of the state's top elected officials
are heading to court to resolve a dispute over the political makeup
of governing boards at Kentucky's public universities.
Gov. Ernie Fletcher has appointed more Republicans than
Democrats to the boards, and Attorney General Greg Stumbo contends
that's a violation of state law.
Stumbo, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday asking a judge
to weigh in on whether the Republican governor has complied with
state law in making appointments at several state universities.
In the lawsuit, Stumbo argued that Fletcher has violated a law
requiring "proportional representation of the two leading
political parties" based on voter registration. Kentucky has more
registered Democrats than Republicans.
"I think it's a simple problem to remedy," Stumbo said during
a news conference at the Capitol where he announced the filing of
the lawsuit. "You can't just obey the laws you choose to obey.
This governor has yet to learn that lesson."
Stumbo and Fletcher have been at odds in the past. Stumbo helped
lead an investigation into the Fletcher administration's hiring
practices. That investigation led to an indictment against the
first-term governor on charges of political patronage.