UPDATE: Employee fired over role in hanging effigy of governor; Beshear comments

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Andy Beshear hesitated Wednesday when asked during his daily briefing for comment on the fact a man had lost his job for his role in the hanging of an effigy of he governor from a tree on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion Sunday.

But after hesitating, Beshear did respond.

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“You don’t just in a moment decide to walk across the law of the Governor’s Mansion, you don’t just in a moment go on the porch and shout for them to come out, you don’t just in a moment make a mannequin with a person’s face on it,” Beshear said.

“Decisions have consequences, I hope we all make better decisions,” Beshear said, adding he hoped the incident has offered some lessons to all groups.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – An employee of the Neil Huffman Auto Group was fired for alleged involvement in hanging an effigy of Governor Andy Beshear in a tree near the State Capitol on Sunday.

It occurred during what was billed as a protest rally in defense of constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms.

The auto group has a dealership in Frankfort where the rally was held.

Shannon Huffman, Human Resources Manager at the Neil Huffman Auto Group, released the following statement.

“The Neil Huffman Auto Group does not condone threats of violence in any form, whether they be a call to action or an implied threat. Following an internal investigation of this matter, the employee was terminated. There is no place for hate or intolerance at any of our dealerships.”