Bevin offers different explanations of his signature on 2008 report; Responds to Paul's credibility comment

02/18/2014 02:16 PM

FRANKFORT — Dogged for a week about a 2008 report he signed that praised the bank bailout, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin offered reporters at the state capitol Tuesday different explanations about how his signature got on the report.

Since the news broke last week Bevin has struggled explaining why he signed off on the company report — and those explanations continued on Tuesday.

Bevin told CNHI reporter Ronnie Ellis that his signature was digitally placed on an investors report for one of Bevin’s former companies, an issue first reported by Politico last week.

“It wasn’t a signature it was a digital signature,” Bevin told Ellis while walking to a rally for Christians in the Capitol. “They’re submitted electronically. They always are.” Bevin also maintained that he doesn’t support the views in the document that he signed nor did he write the document.

An hour later, Bevin told Pure Politics that he signed every document that he was required by law to sign.

“I’ve signed many documents as president and CEO as required by law. I signed every single document that we were required to file every single one of them,” Bevin told Pure Politics after the rally in the Capitol rotunda. “I did not write any of the investment commentary for any of them.”

While Bevin has garnered Tea Party support in his primary campaign, he was dealt a blow Monday when U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told reporters that Bevin “hurt credibility” with the disclosure that he signed off on a report to investors in 2008 that praised the bank bailout.

Tuesday Bevin attempted to shrug off the questions of credibility from Paul by telling reporters to ask Paul about it — and then saying it’s Paul’s opinion.

“His opinion is his opinion, and everybody’s entitled to one,” Bevin told reporters.

Bevin conceded that the issue has distracted from his message, which most recently has focused on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell voting to proceed with debate on a bill that raised the nation’s debt ceiling, which paved the way for the Senate Democrats in the majority to pass the measure on a party-line vote.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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