Lee endorses fellow ‘outsider’ Bevin in Kentucky governor’s race

Gov. Bill Lee delivers his first State of the State address in Nashville on March 4, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee has endorsed incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor’s race.

Lee appeared at a Bevin campaign stop at the Casey Jones Distillery in western Kentucky on Friday. The first year Tennessee governor said Bevin had encouraged him to run last year, and that he was inspired by Bevin’s “outsider” status.

“He, too, came from the business world and he understands that the status quo and establishment is not the way to move the Commonwealth of Kentucky forward,” the Hoptown Chronicle quoted Lee as saying. “The way to move forward is to break and challenge the status quo.”

Lee said despite the two states being economic competitors, it matters to Tennessee what happens in Kentucky. Following Lee’s endorsement, Bevin took the stage to address the more than 100 people who attended the campaign stop.


Bevin faces Democrat state Attorney General Andy Beshear in the governor’s race. The election in on Nov. 5.

20 Responses to Lee endorses fellow ‘outsider’ Bevin in Kentucky governor’s race

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    ummmmmm…..how can you be an “outsider” if you’re an incumbent?

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Yea, it sure seems that being governor of the state makes you even more of an insider than being Chairman of the 2016 Tennessee Republican Party’s Statesmen’s Dinner.

  • TR says:

    Bevin is an “outsider” because he holds views way outside the mainstream. The guy is an anti-vaxxer and the most unpopular governor in the country, despite KY being an overwhelmingly Republican state.

  • John Stewart says:

    Like a single soul in Kentucky gives a hoot about who Bill Lee endorses. Indeed, a significant majority would be more likely to say, “Who in blazes is Bill Lee?”

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Governor Bevin is a conservative super-star! He signed KY’s first right-to-work law as well as a measure allowing charter schools. He has been dogged in attempting to require most adults covered by Medicaid expansion to either work, look for work, receive job training, attend school or volunteer. He fought the teacher’s unions in an attempt to bring KY’s terribly underfunded state pension plan into balance and he pushed a $107 million a year tax cut to attract businesses and productive citizens to the state. I HEARTILY ENDORSE MATT BEVIN TOO!

    • Jason Walker says:

      Right to work is a good thing? So Stuart, you are for lower wages, no healthcare and temporary workers? How is that good for The Commonwealth? Oh wait, the shareholders get richer and the working poor get poorer.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Nonsense. Of course Right to Work is a good thing because it keeps unions honest insofar as it forces them to be more responsive to their members because each member can easily refuse to join or resign from membership if they decide that the union is not meeting their needs. I’m neither for or against higher wages or more benefits for workers. I’m for a free market for terms of employment just like I’m for a free market in goods and services. Free markets raise standards of living of most citizens by having the economy operate more efficiently. Any state that has an economic environment that allows private enterprise to prosper by operating efficiently becomes more prosperous.

        That worker vs. employer Marxist doctrine was the hottest thing in town at the end of the 19th century and its been imposed, sometime at the cost of millions of lives, in many countries around the world so that we can evaluate its consequences. It doesn’t work.

    • MARLE says:

      Now you see ~ look for work, receive job training, attend school or volunteer~ that’s a problem. One big enough to drive a Mac truck through. The first requirement…..that was just fine.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Indeed, if KY had solid conservatives like Matt Bevin clones in the legislature and the courts it would be so but KY voters continue to elect too many liberal Democrats and “wet” Republicans who dilute or turn back any legislation that imposes common sense requirements to receive government benefits or that will result in smaller government.

        In Bevin’s case a tough work requirement law was passed at Bevin’s urging but it was scrapped by a federal judge in June 2018. The state Supreme Court overturned Bevin’s attempt to tighten up the state’s pension law and the Republican controlled legislature overrode Bevin’s vetoes of tax and spending bills as Bevin feuded with the House Speaker Jeff Hoover (R) before the latter was forced to resign after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced. In their wisdom the voters of Kentucky narrowly elected Andy Beshear, Democratic son of Matt’s immediate predecessor Steve, at the same time they elected Matt. Andy has been waging constant political warfare against Bevin on his way to running against Matt for governor which he will do in 2020.

        If voters want undiluted conservative government they have to elect solid conservatives to the executive, the legislature, and where applicable the judiciary. If they elect candidates with a mixture of ideologies they will get the centrist government that they deserve.

    • Perry Aubric says:

      Wow. Bevin lost, even with Stuart’s endorsement. How could that possibly happen?

  • Misty Pardner says:

    Bill Lee needs to stay in his lane. He is proving himself to be deficient when it comes navigating the political terrain. That could lead to great difficulty in the coming days.

  • James White says:

    I do think Kentucky has the BEST congressman in Thomas Massie. Rand is pretty good, but too libertarian.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Heritage – 83%. Pretty good, but far from the “BEST.”

    • MARLE says:

      No Libertarian wants to turn SS and Medicare into a total Welfare program like Paul is advocating for. As if thresholds for Taxing SS benefits AND having 400% increases in Medicare premiums for high earners isn’t enough Rand Paul wants to further means test these programs.

      “Pretty good”? I don’t think so.

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    I wonder if these outsiders will keep supporting Trump at all costs and blindly endorse him after he is impeached? Knowing Republicans, they will blindly follow anyone that is the status quo

  • Misty Pardner says:

    Lee is proving himself to be a political juggernaut. At least he managed to get Lil Andy elected.

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