FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor-elect Andy Beshear said outgoing Governor Matt Bevin reached out to him Monday for the first time since the election.
Both men finished a heated campaign for governor Nov. 5 with Beshear ultimately winning by a margin of more than 5,000 votes.
Bevin didn’t concede on election night, and instead shared theories about voting irregularities. He has not yet shared relevant evidence.
After a recanvass of the vote, Bevin said the voting issues were not enough to make a difference in the race for Governor and he conceded.
Beshear said Bevin reached out to him to invite him to the Christmas tree lighting at the Governor’s Mansion Dec. 7.
“It was a very gracious call and we appreciate being involved in that Christmas tree lighting,” Beshear said.
Beshear said that was the first time he has spoke with Bevin since the election, but Bevin’s office has been helpful with transition efforts.
“He’s got a big family. I understand some of the things that he’s going through and trying to wrap up an administration also, and also planning what the next steps are for his family,” Beshear said. “I understand that those ought to be his priorities and it was a very kind call yesterday… I think it’s more than symbolic and it was a big and a good gesture on his behalf.”
Beshear will officially take over as Kentucky’s 63rd governor Dec. 10.