LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is trying to keep the spotlight on Kentucky’s settlement with the manufacturer of the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin in a new TV ad attacking his Democratic challenger.
The ad released Tuesday continues one of Bevin’s most frequent lines of attack against his opponent, Attorney General Andy Beshear.
It was Beshear’s predecessor, ex-Attorney General Jack Conway, who reached a $24 million settlement with Purdue Pharma a few days before he left office.
Bevin’s ad notes that Beshear was a partner at a law firm that defended Purdue Pharma in the case.
The ad claims that Beshear “personally profited” from the case. Beshear has said he wasn’t part of the Purdue Pharma litigation team and his campaign says he did not make any money from the settlement.
(This story was originally published on October 8, 2019)