FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Governor Bevin held a press conference Friday in Frankfort to challenge notions that his administration is anti-education and he blamed his opponent Attorney General Andy Beshear, the KEA and the media for the narrative.
In the conference, Bevin blamed former Governor Steve Beshear for the current public pension problems and said that his was the only administration that was fully funding the $8 billion in the debt that he said was caused by his predecessor.
The new ad called the accusations that Bevin was anti-teacher "a load of horse manure" and sought to clarify controversial remarks that he said was taken out of context.
Multiple teacher organizations have accused the governor of being anti-teacher ever since a pension bill was tacked on to a sewer bill. Resulting protests have resulted in legal battles between the Labor Cabinet, educators and Attorney General Beshear who is running against Bevin in November for the governor's seat.
Beshear's campaign manager released a statement saying, “Matt Bevin can’t run and hide from his disastrous record of bullying teachers, tearing down public education, and trying to illegally cut pensions. Instead of holding wild and unhinged press conferences, this governor should explain why he spent last month insulting, investigating and threatening to fine teachers.”