FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 31, 2016) – Today Rep. Johnny Bell was denied access to a news conference hosted by Gov. Matt Bevin. Governor’s office staff members notified Rep. Bell that he was not allowed inside. It is the first time this has happened to him, and he has been a lawmaker for nearly a decade. Rep. Bell was stopped at the door while Gov. Bevin and other Republican lawmakers filed past.
Rep. Bell has served in the House of Representatives since 2007, and said he had attended hundreds of news conferences held by governors, but this was the first time he had been denied access.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Rep. Bell. “This governor talks about working together in one breath, but in the next he won’t let me into his news conference. Simply put, this is just an indignant act toward every citizen in Kentucky.”