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KDP Statement on Gubernatorial Forum, Bevin’s Escalating Scandals

From his potential ethics violations to hypocrisy, Bevin failed to defend his self-interested political agenda
 
Following today’s gubernatorial forum, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Hughes issued the following statement: 
 
“Today Matt Bevin failed to answer the questions that have dogged his campaign for weeks: why won’t he release his tax returns, and what else is Bevin hiding? Each day seems to bring a fresh example of Bevin’s hypocrisy, secrecy and deceit — which is exactly why Republicans have labelled him an ‘East Coast Con Man’ and a ‘pathological liar.’ While Bevin failed to defend his self-interested political agenda, Attorney General Jack Conway showed once again that his proven record of results and his clear vision to grow our economy for the middle class make him the only candidate Kentuckians can trust to move the Commonwealth forward.” 
 
BACKGROUND: 
 
The Courier-Journal: Bevin Claims to Oppose Common Core But Has Investments In Common Core Business. "Although he vows to repeal the Common Core education standards if elected governor, Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin owns part of an education technology company that embraces those standards…The Associated Press reported last week that Bevin did not disclose his position with Academic Merit and a second company (Bevin Bros. Manufacturing of Connecticut) in a disclosure form he filed as a candidate for governor this year with the Kentucky Executive Ethics Commission.” [The Courier-Journal, 6/18/15]
 
AP Headline: "Bevin Didn't Disclose Positions, A Possible Ethics Violation." "Matt Bevin did not disclose his positions with two companies on his financial disclosure statement, a possible violation of state ethics laws. Bevin is the president of Bevin Bros. Manufacturing in Connecticut and a 'member, manager or other authorized person' with Academic Merit in Maine, according to records filed with the secretary of state's offices in those two states. Bevin disclosed both positions in his 2014 run for the U.S. Senate. But they do not appear on his financial disclosure statement for his run for governor this year.” [AP, 6/11/15]
 
CN2: When Asked If He Would Release His Tax Returns As A Gubernatorial Candidate, Matt Bevin Refused. "’No,' said Bevin, who last year held interests worth either more than $10,000 or at least 5 percent in seven businesses specializing in products such as LED lights, candy and medical devices according to his financial disclosure form filed with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. 'Why? Why would I?' When Pure Politics told Bevin others, such as Gov. Steve Beshear, released such records as candidates, he said he sees no value ‘whatsoever' in publicizing his tax returns as a gubernatorial hopeful.” [CN2, 6/10/15]
 
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