Saturday, June 7, 2003

Patton defends stepdaughter's job with state

The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - Gov. Paul Patton defended his stepdaughter's job with the state racing commission, saying she wasn't given preferential treatment.

Racing Commission Chairman Frank Shoop hired Patton's stepdaughter, Bambi Todd, to work as a staff assistant for the commission in April 2002. Shoop has worked as finance chairman of the Democratic Party and for the governor's re-election campaign.

"Neither of my daughters works for a public agency under the control of the governor, and neither I nor anyone on my behalf was involved in the hiring decisions," Patton told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Patton's daughter, Nicki Patton, works under a state grant on early childhood education at the University of Kentucky.

Todd's yearly salary is $56,259. She has a master's degree in education.

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