Bevin: Pension reform opponents like “drowning victim”

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Governor Matt Bevin is being criticized for comparing pension reform opponents to drowning victims.

Bevin appeared on “The Brian Thomas Show” on 55KRC in Cincinnati Tuesday morning and spoke about the opposition to Senate Bill 151.

The Republican-backed pension reform bill was signed into law at the end of the 2018 legislative session.

It was later ruled unconstitutional by Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd.

The governor has appealed the ruling to the state’s Supreme Court.

Bevin told Brian Thomas that he’s trying to keep the pension system solvent and he’s being fought “in some instances by the very people we are trying to save.”

“It’s like saving a drowning victim, Brian,” Bevin told Thomas. “It’s like somebody, they’re fighting, they’re fighting and they are pulling you under. You just need to knock them out and drag them to shore. It’s for their own good.”

The head of the Kentucky Democratic Party sent out a statement shortly after the governor’s comments:

[su_quote cite=”Ben Self, Kentucky Democratic Party Chair”]“Governor Bevin just can’t help himself. Every time he opens his mouth it’s a disaster.
He has no respect for the people of this state, especially teachers. He’s arrogant and talks down to hardworking Kentuckians. It is offensive for Governor Bevin to suggest that teachers, police officers, and public employees can’t think for themselves or make informed decisions about their own future.
Matt Bevin’s sustained, consistent attacks on his own constituents are an embarrassment to the state. Kentuckians deserve better than this.”
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