FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A newly released document reveals that a politically connected highway contractor in Kentucky nearly exchanged punches with a competitor decades ago as they argued over whose turn it was to get the latest work from the state.
The 39-page transcript released by the state attorney general's office Thursday stems from an interview investigators had with the contractor, Leonard Lawson, and his attorney at the time, John Reed. Lawson ran a blacktopping company and became a prominent political fundraiser.
Media reports say Reed told an investigator that Lawson and another contractor almost exchanged punches and had to be separated. Reed said they were fighting over whose turn it was to get a 1979 state road contract.
Media including The Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald-Leader and The Associated Press asked for the statement.