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House Ethics Committee extends probe of Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-KY, June 18, 2014, in Washington. (Keith Lane/MCT)
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-KY, June 18, 2014, in Washington. (Keith Lane/MCT) MCT

The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it’s continuing its probe of Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky.

The committee didn’t specify what it’s investigating but Whitfield told The Lexington Herald-Leader in July that the committee is looking into allegations that his wife, Connie, lobbied him for the Humane Society of the United States for a bill to ban the pads and chains used by some walking horse trainers.

His wife is an attorney who’s worked as a consultant for the Humane Society since 2011. Whitefield she didn’t influence him on the bill.

‘She did not lobby me on it,’ he told The Herald-Leader. ‘I was involved in this in 2004, wrote a letter about it in 2010. I’d already made a decision to introduce this bill. Connie was part of the coalition, along with (American Horse Council President) Jay Hickey and others. She did not convince me to do this bill. I’ve been involved in animal issues since I was first elected in 1994.’

The ethics committee said it would have no further comment on the investigation until its completion.

 

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