By Chris Chandler | WLKY
Gov. Matt Bevin took to social media Sunday to apologize for comments he made after teachers forced the closure of more than 30 school districts to have a rally in Frankfort.
Shortly after Republican lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of a two-year operating budget, Bevin guaranteed that “somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them.”
Bevin posted his response Sunday with the accompanying message: “It is my responsibility to represent you, not only when I’m speaking to you but also when I’m speaking on your behalf. It is not my intent to hurt anyone…but to help us all move forward. We need each other. We’re in this together.”
Bevin thanked people who “understood what I was saying,” but admitted that a “tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate” his comments.
Bevin faced backlash in the wake of his comments, including a pair of resolutions from the House condemning his comments — one filed by Democrats and another filed by Republican Rep. John Carney.