Gov.Bevin says Westerfield would easily defeat Andy Beshear in potential 2019 race for Attorney General; Still looks for special session this fall

08/23/2017 01:05 PM

BURLINGTON – Gov. Matt Bevin is happy that Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, announced on Tuesday that he is running again for Attorney General and believes that rival and current Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, would have no chance of winning against Westerfield if he decides to run for re-election.

Westerfield ran against Beshear in November 2015 and lost by 2,201 votes out of more than 950,000 votes cast despite being outspent by $2.7 million.

Westerfield filed a petition to run with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on Tuesday so that he can begin raising money for the campaign which is still more than 2 years away.

Bevin said that Westerfield is a hard worker and should win easily.

“I think our current Attorney General would have very little chance of being elected as Attorney General again,” Bevin said. “What he decides to do, I can’t hypothesize. I don’t know whether there will be other people to throw their hat in the ring on either side, but Whitney Westerfield is a formidable competitor.”

On another note, Bevin still says a special session to address pension reform will take place this Fall.

Bevin believes that the only way it will not take place, is if a plan is not put together and the General Assembly decides to not do their job and delay pension problems down the road.

“We’re not going to call it until we have determined that we can get done what we have to do,” Bevin said. “The only reason it would not happen is that if the legislature does not have the willingness to do what must be done.”

The Republican Party has super majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly.


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