- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed a former U.S. marshal to aid an investigation into what he says are potential illegal practices of former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

Bevin appointed Kenneth F. Bohac as the inspector general for the Finance Cabinet. Bohac is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service. President Barack Obama appointed him U.S. marshal for the Central District of Illinois in 2010.

Bevin announced Tuesday he will hire a private law firm to investigate some no-bid contracts issued by the Beshear administration and reports of state workers being forced to make political contributions. As inspector general, Bohac will assist with the investigation.

Beshear has called Bevin’s investigation a “pathetic spectacle.” He says he followed all state procurement laws and has never forced workers to make political donations.

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