Bevin voicemail warns of ‘impact’ of not switching parties
Democratic Kentucky state Rep. Russ Meyer says Republican Gov. Matt Bevin left him a threatening voicemail after Meyer declined to switch political parties ahead of the legislative session.
Meyer released the 42-second voicemail on Tuesday. In the recording, Bevin identifies himself by name and says he wants "to make sure you understand" the decisions Bevin will make and "I want you to be very aware of the impact of those decisions as it relates to you, your seat, your district."
Meyer said he interpreted the voicemail as a threat to pull transportation projects in his legislative district, which includes parts of Fayette and Jessamine counties. Bevin did not mention any projects in his message.
Bevin described the voicemail in a statement as "polite and personal" and said his comments were being misconstrued.