Lexington Herald-Leader: KY Gov. Beshear on COVID, jobs, and the legislature as he ends two years in office

By JACK BRAMMER

At the midpoint of his first four-year term in office — with hopes for a second four-year term to start in 2023 — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reflected Monday on his continuing efforts against the coronavirus pandemic and maintaining the economic investment boom the state is enjoying.

The 44-year-old governor also spoke of his rocky relationship with the Republican-led General Assembly as lawmakers prepare for its 2022 session to begin in January and other important political events coming up next year.

In addition, the Democratic governor, who said he is in good health though he gained a few pounds during the pandemic, criticized Republican U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie of Lewis County for distributing a controversial Christmas card of himself and others holding guns in front of a Christmas tree.

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