Bevin’s bid for reelection is baffling


Kernel Opinion SIG

Current Gov. Matt Bevin announced Saturday at the Lincoln Dinner that he will be running for re-election for governor of Kentucky in 2019.

After the numerous perceived failures during his current term, he decided– and his party seemed to agree, hence the cheering during his announcement at dinner– that it was best to run again.

“There is much work yet to be done. I wanted, in all seriousness, to clean up one other thing. You bet I’m running again,” Bevin said to the attendees of the dinner.

Bevin was elected on Nov. 3, 2015, and has only accomplished a handful of goals he sent through legislature, some of which shouldn’t be considered accomplishments, like repealing an order to restore voting rights to ex-felons and repealing an order to raise minimum wage for state workers.

Bevin provided the public a list of what he wished to accomplish during his four-year term as governor, according to his personal website. Among this list includes pension reform, health care reform and education reform, for example, all of which have failed in some way or was ruled unconstitutional by a judge.

Let’s not forget about a very serious, crude comment and accusation made by Bevin about students after teachers chose to protest his so-called “pension reform,” when he said on a video captured by WLKY News, “You know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone? I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted who was left at home, because there was nobody there to watch them.”

Kentucky does not need a governor who proposes state funding be cut for universities, proposes charter schools or makes disrespectful comments toward Kentucky teachers and students.

Does Bevin believe another four years will allow him to accomplish tasks he has not been able to accomplish in the four years he has already been allotted? It’s worth considering, especially alongside the amount of hate and anger geared toward his re-election announcement.

Facebook is flooded with negative comments under articles posted about his bid for re-election, such as these from two Facebook users: “I’m republican, but after his bashing school teachers I will vote against him,” and “I lean toward conservative, but his negatives have outweighed his positives. He won’t be getting my vote this time.”

It’s time to take a stand against a governor whose behavior is not fit for someone who should be in an important office.