Governor Bevin apologizes: not good enough for some


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – In a video message online, the Governor told people he’s sorry if his words about teachers on Friday caused any pain or confusion.

Saturday, on the final day of the legislative session, the Republican led house passed two resolutions condemning the Governor’s remarks.

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on Friday, after lawmakers overturned his vetoes on the budget and tax bills, he talked to reporters about the thousands of teachers rallying outside the capitol.

He said he saw people smoking, not wearing shoes, taking the day off.
He then guaranteed a child tried drugs for the first time, ate poison or was sexually assaulted, because there was no one to watch them.

His comments made national headlines.

Sunday he explained what he was trying to say.

“For those of you who understood what I’m saying, thank you. I appreciate that you do, but clearly a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating or what it was that I was trying to say and I hurt a lot of people. Many people have been confused or hurt or just misunderstand what it was that I was trying to communicate. That’s my responsibility it truly is and I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said. it was not my intent whatsoever.”

The Governor also said there is incredible opportunity in Kentucky and everyone needs to work together to achieve a bright future.

That apology wasn’t enough for some people.

ABC 36 was at a town hall in Lexington Sunday night where some in attendance said they’ll be at the ballot box in November.

“Made me angry, made all the teachers that I know angry as well. It was infuriating.”

He apologized, but many feel that apology wasn’t for the words he said, but the pain and confusion they caused.

On the last day of session Saturday, the Republican-led house passed a resolution condemning the Governor’s comments.

“He is probably reacting to the resolution, because I honestly don’t think he respects teachers.”

Barbara Young says she doesn’t accept his apology.

“If I were still teaching and as a retired teacher, I say no, I wouldn’t. Once you say the words you can’t take them back.”

College Professor Liz Sheehn says this year’s legislative session as a whole reminded her how important it is to vote.

She’s not sure she trusts some of the people making decisions about her daughter’s future, so she’s decided to run for local office.

“I think there were some underhanded things that happened with pushing the pension bill, where the public opinion was not heard and not allowed to have an opportunity to speak. So I would like to see some of those things be corrected and considered in the future.”

Sheehn says this year’s sex scandal, protest-filled legislative session may have caused a lot of anger, but it’s motivating people like her to act.