Court Battle over COVID-19 Response

It's the former attorney general vs the current one over Governor Andy Beshear's executive orders

Posted: Jul 16, 2020 10:32 PM

A battle is rocking the Bluegrass:

Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron, coming out swinging against Governor Andy Beshear's COVID-19 executive orders.

The Republican AG says, the Democratic governor is overstepping his bounds, and it doesn't just apply to the recent mask mandate.

Governor Beshear also took his own shots at Cameron.

It's the former attorney general vs the current one, and at stake: the state's responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I have done everything I can to protect the people of Kentucky. I lie awake at night almost every night, wondering how many people we're going to lose and whether we're going to go the same way as other states," the governor said.

The governor was explaining his reasons for the executive orders he's put in place to try and curb the COVID-19 spread.

Executive orders Cameron is pushing back on.

Speaking earlier in the week, he shared:

"I'm not opposed to the wearing of a mask. I was in church yesterday, everyone in the pews had a mask on. It's just a matter of whether it can be mandated."

It was that matter that brought Cameron to ask a Boone County judge to review many of the executive orders that are guiding Kentucky's Healthy at Work plan Thursday.

Beshear made it clear how he felt on that:

"After being Attorney General, and being involved with the governor in some disputes, it's something I never wanted. I don't want to go back and forth with my own AG. But I will fight every day for the lives of Kentuckians. And, even if it creates drama I don't want...I'm going to do what it takes to protect the people of Kentucky. But folks, this is wrong."

Cameron--taking to twitter--argued that the fight isn't over politics, but is a legal one.

That's ultimately where things will be decided, in Kentucky's courts of law.

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