Kentucky lawmakers condemn Gov. Bevin's 'guarantee' remarks about sex assault of youngsters
Kentucky’s Republican-majority Residence of Representatives took the extraordinary step Saturday of condemning the state’s Republican governor over remarks he created Friday amid teacher protests over his vetoes of a state price range program that would have elevated classroom spending.
The rebuke came in the form of two resolutions – one particular filed by Democrats, the other by state Rep. John Carney, a Republican who claimed about 30 other folks in the GOP supported his resolution, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Thousands of teachers gathered at the state Capitol in Frankfort on Friday, trying to convince lawmakers to override the veto by Gov. Matt Bevin. Much more than 30 school districts across the state closed schools Friday so teachers could rally. Their work succeeded, as lawmakers voted to override Bevin’s vetoes.
But it was the college closures that prompted the remark from Bevin that outraged the teachers and drew the lawmakers’ condemnation.
“I assure you somewhere in Kentucky these days a kid was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was no one there to watch them,” the governor told reporters outdoors the Capitol. “I guarantee you someplace right now a kid was physically harmed or ingested poison since they had been home alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them. I’m offended by the thought that men and women so cavalierly and so flippantly disregarded what’s truly ideal for children.”
As of Saturday, there was no comment about the rebuke from Bevin or from his office, the Herald-Leader reported.
State Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, told the Herald-Leader that Bevin ought to either clarify his statement or apologize. He added that it would be unfortunate if Bevin’s remarks came to overshadow his accomplishments in office.
“It hurts me to think that the items that have been done in this administration will be overshadowed by a statement that is not defensible,” Stivers told the newspaper. “If anyone asked me for my tips, I would say they must come out and make a statement, either clarifying it or becoming apologetic and obtaining the statement behind them.
“It hurts me to think that the issues that have been completed in this administration will be overshadowed by a statement that is not defensible.”
“But you are not known for your 99 successes,” Stivers continued. “You are identified for the a single blunder or failure, so I consider he would be properly served by saying or obtaining a statement that he, in no way, was intending to harm or make inappropriate comment toward the men and women who were right here (for the rallies.)”
Bevin, 51, has been Kentucky’s governor given that 2015. Beneath his watch, Kentucky earlier this year became the initial state to add a perform requirement for qualifiying for Medicaid advantages.
Bevin’s remarks drew instant backlash, Louisville’s Fox 41 reported. Republican state Sen. Max Smart of Campbellsville, the Senate Education Committee chairman, described Bevin’s comments as “disgusting.”
“The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible,” Wise tweeted. “I don’t agree with these comments & I locate them repulsive.”
Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, referred to the comments as “an outrageous and unsubstantiated slander of a group of folks who dedicate their lives to teaching and caring for our youngsters.”
Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, said on Twitter Saturday that Bevin’s comments had the effect of “needlessly and unjustly demonizing” teachers.
Residence Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne mentioned both parties felt a need to condemn Bevin’s remarks, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association, stated she was “appalled” by the remarks.
“There is no rational comment I could make to that,” Winkler told the Courier-Journal.
Meanwhile, the animosity amongst Bevin and the state’s teachers over school funding concerns has prompted at least 40 current and former teachers to run for public workplace this year, most of them as Democrats.
But Stivers predicted that Republicans would nevertheless retain manage of state government soon after this year’s elections.
The Connected Press contributed to this story.
Published at Sun, 15 Apr 2018 04:45:00 +0000