Kentucky governor accidentally makes the case for McConnell to step down

Kentucky governor accidentally makes the case for McConnell to step down

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R), who earlier this year endorsed Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for a seventh six-year term, recently took to the airwaves to — unintentionally — make a compelling case for why the Senate majority leader should in fact step down.

Bevin, who ran against McConnell in 2014 that “[c]areer politician Mitch McConnell can’t defend his big government, big spending record,” has been a of term limits for years.

In a radio interview last week on WKCT’s The Morning Show — first spotted by American Bridge 21st Century, a progressive research organization — Bevin argued that remaining in public office for too long led officials to become inefficient at their jobs.

“Sometimes, the longer you stay in something — disconnected from another something — the less you understand it, the less you’re able to interface with it, the less you’re able to effectively help it,” Bevin observed.

“And I’m a big believer in term limits — I just am — at any level,” he continued. “I think it’s important for us to be citizen-legislators as our founders intended, for us to serve for finite periods of time.”

He added, “Is it to say that someone can’t serve a long time and do a good job? Of course not. But I think there’s something to be said for fresh turnover of ideas, of energy, of commitment. A sense of urgency that comes by not being worrying about just getting re-elected, but being worried about getting things done. I think it’s healthy, I think it’s good for America when we see that.”