High above the muddy banks of the Ohio River, politicians were slinging nothing but niceties toward their rivals on the eve of Kentucky’s gubernatorial transition. Here’s a shiny new bridge, so let’s all take credit.
Outgoing Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, a democrat whose signature accomplishment is the kynect health care exchange, was sharing a stage with his successor Matt Bevin, the republican whose top priority is to immediately dismantle kynect.
Gov-elect Matt Bevin was presented with ribbon cutting scissors by Beshear to use next year in dedicating the east end bridge with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, another political polar opposite to Beshear.
Bevin deferred to Beshear at the podium and did not speak publicly, but was seen chatting and posing with democrats U.S. Rep. john Yarmuth, U.S. dep. secretary of transportation Victor Mendez, and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
Both Yarmuth and Fischer have stated publicly that they will cooperate with the incoming governor despite their harsh criticisms of him during the gubernatorial campaign where Bevin ultimately crushed attorney general Jack Conway.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence also addressed the tens of thousands lined up to walk the bridge during its one day pedestrian access. Below, former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson is seen in the background next to Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. Former Jeffersonville Mayor Dale Orem was also present, and all of the old school guys repeated the line “I didn’t think I would live long enough to see this (bridge).”