Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin leaving office with parting shots

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FILE- In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, Republican Matt Bevin looks on during the final Kentucky gubernatorial debate between Bevin, the incumbent, and Democratic candidate Andy Beshear in Highland Heights, Ky. With a few days left in his term as Kentucky’s governor, Republican Matt Bevin offered some unsolicited advice to his successor and political rival, urging Democrat Andy Beshear to confront the toughest tasks facing the state the same way he did. (Albert Cesare/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, Pool, Fil)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has unleashed a spree of attacks against his successor just days before handing over power. The outbursts showed the abrasive side of a personality that at times overshadowed his one term in office and contributed to his downfall. In rapid-fire succession this week, Bevin claimed without proof that an appointee of Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear had to pay with political contributions to get the job, claimed that abortion clinics will be “popping up” once he’s unable to block them and blamed his defeat on Democratic “harvesting” of votes in cities.

Governor-elect Andy Beshear will be sworn into office in Frankfort on Tuesday.

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(This story was originally published on Dec. 9, 2019)

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