LONDON- Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Goforth is challenging Gov. Matt Bevin to a debate ahead of the primary.
In a release, Goforth accused Bevin of “old time Democrat-style politics” for his unwillingness to debate in front of voters.
“Matt Bevin has always attempted to portray himself as a righteous outsider who is above politics, but his administration is engaged in very worst behavior that we have seen for generations in Frankfort—behavior that should make any respectable Republican cringe” he said. “ Blake Brickman is shaking down road contractors every day for campaign cash, telling them that a gas tax is on the way in 2020 if they will fill up Bevin’s coffers. Meanwhile, after ignoring them for three and a half years, Bevin is doling out discretionary road projects to Republican counties across the state to try and curry favor before the election. It’s shameful behavior, and voters must reject it on May 21st.”
Bevin has not accepted any invitations to debate the three primary opponents, which also include William Woods and Ike Lawrence. Kentucky Educational Television was forced to cancel their Republican debate scheduled May 6, after Bevin denied the invitation. Goforth has said he would only go to a debate if Bevin was in attendance.
Goforth, who often criticizes Bevin for not being from Kentucky, is telling him to stop nationalizing the race and talk about issues important to Kentuckians.
“Instead of talking about the $400 million in taxpayers’ money that has been paid out by Kentucky Retirement Systems to pension fund managers, or what we can do to improve infrastructure, or how we can strengthen education, or how we can go about implementing serious comprehensive tax reform, and the many issues that matter to Kentucky, all we are hearing from Gov. Bevin are diatribes about national politics,” he said. “We know how very badly he wants to be in D.C., but Bevin’s running for governor and he owes the voters at least one frank political discussion with his primary opponent before Kentucky Republicans go to the polls.”
A request for comment from Bevin’s campaign did not go immediately answered.