The politics of today have become so polarized that a lawmaker has to work extra hard to lost the support of their party’s voters. Kentucky is an overwhelmingly red state. Mitch McConnell is one of their Senators and Donald Trump holds a 53% approval rating among voters.
The Republican Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, has made his share of enemies, even among those in his own party. Today, Dan Seum, a Republican State Senator and a former chair of the Senate GOP Caucus, announced his support for Bevin’s opponent, Andy Beshear.
Beshear, who serves as Kentucky’s Attorney General, posted a video alongside Seum to his Twitter feed. In the video, Seum tells voters, “Today I’m here to endorse Andy Beshear for governor. This is not about partisan politics, this is about who’s going to lead this state in the next four years.”
— Andy Beshear (@AndyBeshearKY) July 29, 2019
The state senator continued, “Today, we have a governor who has failed miserably in the pension issue, and has spent the last year running around the state insulting everyone, including the four teachers in my family.”
Bevin does have the support of the President. During the Kentucky Republican primary in May, Trump tweeted, “To the great people of Kentucky, please go out and vote for Matt Bevin today. Very important. He has done a fantastic job for you and America!”
To the great people of Kentucky, please go out and vote for Matt Bevin today. Very important. He has done a fantastic job for you and America! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2019
At the same time, Bevin stands as America’s least popular governor. Trump’s support may not be enough to push him over the line in 2019. John Yarmouth, a congressman from Kentucky’s 3rd District said, “His disapproval is because of a lot of personal affronts he’s committed. I don’t think those people are going to forget about that just because Trump comes to the state and campaigns.”