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Beshear holiday card causes controversy

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear's holiday greeting card has created a Bah, humbug! headache.

The governor's "best wishes" — which were paid for by the Kentucky Democratic Party — could run afoul of a September ruling by the Registry of Election Finance

The ruling, which was requested by the Republican Party of Kentucky, says a political party cannot pay for Christmas cards featuring only an elected official and his family.

Kentucky Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson said he doesn't want to be a Grinch, but "the Democratic Party can't do a Christmas card for their man if we can't do it for ours."

"I am very much concerned that Beshear's Christmas or holiday card may be improperly paid for," he said. "It appears to me the only way to pay for this is by the Beshear-Mongiardo campaign."

The GOP had contemplated sending out cards featuring Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, he said.

Beshear's card features him and his family in front of a Christmas tree in the Executive Mansion and the sentiment "Greetings and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season."

Spokesman Jay Blanton said Beshear's office was not aware of the election finance opinion. "We will review it and certainly will comply with the law."

Democratic Party spokesman Thom Karmik could not be reached for comment.