Politics & Government

Gov. Bevin says he has the job he wants. But is he running again?

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. aslitz@herald-leader.com

Gov. Matt Bevin said Wednesday he has the job he wants, but he stopped short of declaring his intention to seek another four-year term as Kentucky’s chief official.

Bevin, appearing on the “Greg Dunker Show” on NewsTalk 94.3 WKYX in Paducah, was asked about speculation that he might be seeking a federal appointment in President Donald Trump’s administration.

“I can’t even fathom the scenario under which I would want to be in a job in Washington, D.C. I really can’t,” Bevin responded. “I mean ... The job I have is the job I want.”

The Republican said he did not run for governor because it is an easy or pays well. “I did it because I want to see Kentucky become the greatest version of itself possible. This is the job that I pursued, this is the job I have, this is the job I want.”

Speculation about his career, Bevin said, is from “people who have nothing better to do than hypothesize and rumor-monger. I would encourage people to focus on the task at hand and don’t be worried about what I am doing with my life.”

Bevin’s communications office did not respond to an email seeking comment about Bevin’s political future.

Bevin has until Jan. 28 to decide whether to seek re-election. So far, only one person — Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat — has officially announced a 2019 campaign for governor.

Also on the Paducah radio show, Bevin said his administration soon will be announcing a $100 million-plus business investment in the state. He provided no specifics.

He also dismissed criticism of his comments from earlier this week when he compared opponents of the Republican-backed public pension law to “drowning victims” who fight people trying to rescue them.

He said the criticism was based on politics.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, who has announced that he will run for governor, spoke at the annual Fancy Farm picnic on Saturday.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes had plenty of barbs for Gov. Matt Bevin at the annual Fancy Farm picnic.

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