FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Steve Beshear has been sworn-in for a
second term as Kentucky governor in a midnight state Capitol
ceremony a little more than one month after overwhelmingly winning
Beshear was surrounded by his family, closest friends and
advisers as he took Kentucky's traditional and archaic
constitutional oath. The pledge requires him to swear that he has
never fought a duel with deadly weapons, a holdover from Kentucky's
frontier days that always draws modern-day snickers.
Newly elected Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, formerly mayor of
Louisville, was sworn-in immediately after Beshear.
Beshear was re-elected Nov. 8 amid lingering economic
uncertainty and widespread unemployment that political foes had
hoped would be his undoing.
The a 67-year-old Democrat is only the third Kentucky governor
to serve consecutive four-year terms.
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