Matt Bevin still weighing options, leaving door open for GOP gubernatorial run

01/25/2015 03:13 PM

MAYSVILLE — Louisville businessman and and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is still deciding whether he will enter the gubernatorial primary.

Bevin attended the Buffalo Trace Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner in Maysville on Saturday where he heard speeches from three GOP gubernatorial candidates already committed to the race — state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott.

Bevin said that he attended Saturday’s dinner as a voter, wanting to hear each candidate’s pitch.

“This was an opportunity to hear directly from the three candidates that are in the race right now and I appreciated that opportunity,” Bevin said. “I applaud each of them for throwing their hat in the ring.”

Bevin remained uncommitted on whether he will enter the race but did leave the door open for a possible run.

“The beautiful thing is in three, four days everyone will have an answer to that question,” he said. “Certainly there’s still is interest on the part of many for that, and I, out of the respect for those folks, am continuing to listen. The opportunity is there.”

Bevin, who lost last year’s Senate primary to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell by nearly 25 points, said he understands that a campaign infrastructure is in place as well, “but just because there’s an opportunity doesn’t mean someone should take it, and this is all what is being weighed right now.”

Bevin says there needs to be a number of determining factors as to whether a candidate gets into the race, particularly one’s family, support network and drive for public service.

“Are they a person who is better qualified and better able to accomplish the task?” he said. “Everybody should be honest with themselves when accessing a situation.”

Regardless of the GOP nominee, Bevin believes that a Republican can be elected governor in 2015.

“I’ve driven 50,000 miles around this state in the last year, more than 50,000, and I have heard it from Republicans, Democrats and independents alike. People are fed up,” he said. “I mean, what we’ve had for the last eight years in Frankfort has been less than impressive, let’s put it that way. We have gone sideways at best while other states have advanced, and it’s killing us.”

The deadline to file for candidacy is at 4 p.m. Tuesday.


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