Kentucky lt. gov. appealing ruling in suit against governor

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton is appealing a ruling that concluded Gov. Matt Bevin’s office acted within its authority when it fired her top two assistants.

Hampton’s attorney, Joshua Harp, says Hampton is appealing the decision to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Harp said Thursday that it’s an important issue that needs to be taken up on appeal.

Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled that the governor has “superseding authority” to hire and fire the lieutenant governor’s staff and the lieutenant governor has none — unless the governor grants the authority.

The extraordinary legal fight between Hampton and Bevin played out during the governor’s race. Bevin was defeated by Democrat Andy Beshear in this month’s election.

Bevin and Hampton will leave office next month.

Bevin dropped Hampton from his ticket early this year.

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