- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky man’s appointment to a new state Boxing and Wrestling Commission has been rescinded after a Facebook slur was aimed at Kentucky’s chief justice.

Tim Nolan, a tea party activist in northern Kentucky, drove to Frankfort on Wednesday for the commission’s first meeting, only to be told he had been un-appointed, The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1XnHdwA) reported.

Doug Hogan, a spokesman for Gov. Matt Bevin, released a copy of an order rescinding Nolan’s appointment by the governor but refused to say why he was removed from the panel.

Nolan, a retired attorney and district court judge, said the reason is what he posted on his Facebook page about Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.

Nolan, whose daughter, Taunya Nolan Jack, is the Campbell Circuit Court clerk, said he is angry with the chief justice for supposedly encouraging Bevin to veto an item in April that would have given circuit court clerks a pay raise.

But in an email, the chief justice’s chief of staff, Katie Shepherd, said he never asked the governor to veto a line item in the budget that would have given circuit court clerks “pay parity” with other county officials.

And she said Minton had nothing to do with the rescinding of Nolan’s appointment.

“The chief justice doesn’t know Nolan, he isn’t on Facebook and he didn’t even know there is a new Boxing and Wrestling Commission,” Shepherd said.

Nolan said he has no regrets about what he said.

Nolan said he is disappointed that he won’t be able to serve on the commission. He said he has long been interested in boxing, and more recently in cage-fighting, because his grandfather was a “bare knuckle” fighter and a nephew is a martial arts expert.

Bevin created the new commission Monday by executive order. It replaced a previous panel, the Boxing and Wrestling Authority, created in 2008 by the General Assembly but to which Gov. Steve Beshear never made appointments, Bevin’s office said.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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