FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WYMT) - Facing mounting tension in his own party, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has reiterated he will file for re-election but said he has not decided on a running mate.
The Republican governor said Thursday he's not worried about divisions within the GOP.
Bevin said he's pleased with Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton's job performance and has talked with her at length about their political future. He said no decision has been made on whether they'll run together again.
Republican state Rep. Robert Goforth is challenging Bevin in the spring primary. Congressman James Comer says Bevin has alienated himself from much of his base, adding he will run for governor if Bevin doesn't.
Bevin said he was not worried about the criticism, saying: "In America, you can criticize anybody you want."
U.S. Rep. James Comer has told news outlets he is interested in running for Kentucky governor, but only if Bevin decides not to run.
.@MattBevin said he will file for re election by Jan 29 deadline. Won’t say when or why he’s delaying. Also still is undecided on running mate. “All of this will come out in the days ahead.”— Scott Wartman (@ScottWartman) January 10, 2019
Bevin said he's had discussions with Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton. "She and I have had many conversations on this. It involves two people's thoughts on this. Both her's and mine. What does she want to do? What do I want to do?"— Scott Wartman (@ScottWartman) January 10, 2019