Bevin: Kentucky should remove Jefferson Davis statue

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican nominee for governor says the state should remove a statue of Jefferson Davis from the Capitol rotunda.

Matt Bevin said he applauded South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for asking lawmakers to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds following the shooting deaths of nine black people at a Charleston church last week. Bevin said it would be equally appropriate for Kentucky to remove the statue of Davis, the only president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Bevin also said he would be donating $500 to the Warren County NAACP scholarship fund after Politico reported he accepted a $500 campaign donation in 2013 from a white supremacist.

Democratic nominee Jack Conway also agreed with Haley’s decision but said he would have to think about whether he would support removing the statue.

 

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