Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Matt Bevin issues statement in wake of twit from Kentucky House

Matt Bevin issues statement in wake of twit from Kentucky House

The Republican said his comments to reporters were about the "unintended consequences of schools being shut down, some with just a matter of hours of notice, less than 24, and children left vulnerable as a result of that".

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", Bevin said Friday.

I do again, I'm sorry for those of you, every single one of you, that has been hurt by things I've said.

"Many people have been confused or hurt or just misunderstand what it was that I was trying to communicate", Bevin said.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is apologizing for his comments Friday.

Bevin appeared to attributed the negative response to his comments to a misunderstanding saying the way people interpreted them or the way he said them lead also to unintended consequences.

"It is my accountability to symbolize you, not exclusively after I'm talking to you, however after I'm talking in your behalf in methods which might be clear, which might be understood, that do not harm folks and do not confuse folks", he stated.

- House Democratic Caucus " The statements made by Governor Bevin yesterday insinuating that Kentucky teachers are somehow responsible for sexual assault, drug addiction, and neglect is reprehensible and repugnant.

I've shared with many of you before, my grandmother, my grandfather, two of my five siblings, have all been public school teachers, some for their entire careers, some for a period of time. It is not my intent to hurt anyone.but to help us all move forward. We need each other.

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", he said.

Kentucky legislators voted Friday to override Bevin's veto of a state funding which increased training funding by way of a $480 million tax increase.

Although the teachers succeeded in protecting pensions for current workers and pressuring legislators into overriding Bevin's veto, Kentucky teachers could still face problems in the future.

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"This is the example that we want to send to our children, really?"

"His insults of teachers over the past year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official", Nishimuta wrote in a statement. "As a mother, suggesting children were abused as a prop for his political rhetoric is disturbing and absurdly in poor taste".

Democrats quickly condemned Bevin's comments.

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