By Emily Bricker
Remember Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin? We recently showcased why the Bluegrass State needs a new governor. It turns out Bevin is still not winning any popularity contests. In fact, he continues to remain the most unpopular governor in America.
And when you take a look at his record, it’s easy to see why.
- Failing to protect pensions– Bevin and his allies in the legislature passed a bill that drastically cut pension benefits in 2018. Just like that, the state abandoned its promise to educators who entered the profession with the understanding that they could count on a degree of security in retirement.
- Attacking educators–Bevin has continuously insulted public school educators in his state. Probably his more notorious affront was suggesting that teacher protests were at fault for the shooting of a 7-year-old girl. He also claimed that children were sexually assaulted or ingested poisonbecause of these actions.
- Supporting school vouchers–Bevin is a champion of U.S Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ privatization agenda, including the use of public money to pay for private and religious school tuition.
Bevin’s record is so poor that even one of his Republican counterparts has had enough of him.
In a major announcement earlier this week, Republican state Sen. Dan Seum endorsed Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, the Democratic nominee for governor. The senator offered his bipartisan boost via Twitter, saying, “This is about who is going to lead this state in the next four years.”
“Today, we have a governor who has failed miserably in the pension issue,” Seum said. Bevin, “has spent the last year running around the state insulting everyone, including the four teachers in my family,” he added.
Another Republican, former congressional candidate Chuck Eddy, started a GOP for Beshear Facebook group in June.
“There’s a number of us Republicans who are quite disappointed, which is a mild word,” Eddy told the Louisville Courier Journal.
The 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial election will take place on November 5th.
As attorney general, Beshear has a proven record of standing up for educators and students that has earned him the endorsement of the Kentucky Education Association. His agenda includes:
- Every public school in Kentucky should be fully funded.
- He is the only gubernatorial candidate with an active educator on the ticket. Jacqueline Coleman understands the challenges that educators face, and is key in ensuring that a win for Andy Beshear is a win for public education.
- Beshear stood up against Gov. Matt Bevin in his war against pensions for teachers. He stopped Bevin, in the Kentucky Supreme Court, from taking away millions of dollars from public education.
Beshear is the obvious choice when it comes to the future of Kentucky’s children. Now at least one Republican lawmaker knows this.