The former GOP governor stunned reporters by storming out of the state Capitol after a speech mocking his re-election campaign.


Kentucky’s former Republican governor, Matt Bevin, made a quick exit from a speech at the state Capitol last week, mocking another gubernatorial candidate before walking away rather than file.

Bevin arrived at the state Capitol in Frankfort on Friday afternoon with a deadline of 4:00 p.m. ET to file for the gubernatorial nomination, signaling his entry into an already crowded field of Republican candidates seeking to unseat Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear. . – annual election.

“It’s a beautiful morning in Kentucky…Make it a great day!” Bevin said on Twitter Friday morning.

“At 2:45 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda (primarily for space reasons and because some of you are tired of sitting on the floor outside the SOS office) [smiling emoji]), I will share a few thoughts before going to the corridor … “, he added, saying that in the afternoon he will go to the “hall” to submit the election documents.

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After arriving at the Capitol, Bevin addressed reporters and state lawmakers gathered in the rotunda for a more than 20-minute speech in which he called for solutions to the challenges facing the state, including public school performance. child welfare and foster care, juvenile justice, infrastructure, crime, the economy, taxes, and the public employee pension system.

Bevin later addressed the May Republican primary and already announced candidates, imploring them to “not eat each other … tear each other down and bring each other down.”

He then turned his attention to Beshear and the Democrats.

“He’s not the enemy. He’s not the boogeyman. His party is not the boogeyman,” Bevin said. “We’re all Kentuckians. Let’s celebrate that fact. We’re all in the boat. If the boat goes faster, we go faster. If there’s a hole in the boat, we get our feet wet. It’s as simple as that.”

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Kentucky’s then-Republican Gov. Matt Bevin speaks to reporters as he concedes the gubernatorial race to Democrat Andy Bescher on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Frankfort.
(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

“I love this state. I want to see this state become the greatest version of itself that it can be. And I look forward to this first election, this next election, and the years ahead of us. I look forward to it and thank you all for listening. Now I’m going to go down the hall and say this in relation to reading the tea leaves, Ben Goldey will take first place and Victor Puentes will receive honorable mentions. God bless you.”, – he concluded.

Bevin appears to be referring to tweets from two people, one of whom is a former staffer, who predicted he would not file for governor.

After finishing his speech, he left the Capitol, walked down its steps and got into a white van driven by another man.

Reporters followed Bevin as he left the Capitol and asked if he could clarify whether he was working or had any other comments.

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“Thanks for coming, boys. I appreciate it. Be brave out there. Stop the Legislature on these issues,” he shouted as he left.

Bevin served as governor from 2015 to 2019 and was narrowly defeated by Beshear in the 2019 gubernatorial election.

Bevin’s decision not to enter the race still leaves a number of influential Republicans facing off in the May 16 primary, including incumbent Attorney General Daniel Cameron and former Trump ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Kraft.

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