Kentucky governor apologizes after comments on teacher protests


Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is apologizing for his remarks that suggested the teacher walkouts left children vulnerable to harm, drugs and even sexual assault.

"In his apology, Bevin said", I appreciate so much that has been done in recent days and weeks as we've tried to get both our economic house in order but to make sure that we shore up the very pension system that now is the worst funded in the United States of America.

At least 39 school districts in Kentucky had shut down on Friday as teachers traveled to the Capitol asking legislators to override Bevin's veto of state budget and tax reform bills.

'It's my responsibility to represent you, not only when I'm speaking to you, but when I'm speaking on your behalf in ways that are clear, that are understood, that don't hurt people and don't confuse people, ' he said.

On Sunday, Bevin said "I'm sorry", but buffered the apology with about four minutes of wordy passive voice. "I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn't have any money to take care of them".

House Republicans have said they see his comments as exacerbating the already complicated debate over teacher pensions, leading to the thousands of teachers that have descended on the Capitol in recent days.

Bevin said that was not his intent.

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Bevin said in the video Sunday that he didn't intend to hurt anyone.

And after watching the video Sunday, she stated, "Severely?"

The GOP-led Kentucky House later approved a pair of resolutions condemning Bevin's comments.

Home Minority Flooring Chief Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, stated in a press release that whereas Bevin claims there was a misunderstanding, "the folks of Kentucky heard loud and clear what he stated and in the present day's video exhibits he nonetheless doesn't comprehend why so many had been understandably upset". The Governor is sorry you misunderstood him. "He was cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from kids that would impact every day, and that's what we were in Frankfort to stop", McKim said, according to the Courier-Journal.

"The lecturers and public workers he has insulted over the previous 12 months deserve rather more than this".

Tres Watson, a spokesman for the Kentucky Republican Party, declined to provide a statement. "If anyone asks me for my advice, I would say that they should come out and make a statement, either clarifying it or being apologetic and getting the statement behind them". "Well, that's a coward", said Kentucky state Rep. Regina Huff, a Republican middle school special-education teacher, the Courier-Journal reported.