FRANKFORT, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles issued the following statement regarding Governor Matt Bevin’s press conference Thursday.
“I would like to thank Governor Matt Bevin for his service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and for his commitment to a smooth transition for the incoming administration,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Over the course of the past four years, the Bevin Administration and the General Assembly have worked hard to move our state in a positive direction. From creating tens of thousands of new jobs to dramatically increasing exports, we will look back on this era as one of positive economic expansion. It takes courage to put your name on the ballot, and I applaud anyone who decides to be a man or woman in the arena.
“It’s no secret that this was a hard-fought election. I am reminded of a passage from the famous poem In Kentucky by Kentucky author, judge and legislator J.H. Mulligan:
The song birds are the sweetest
The thoroughbreds are fleetest
Mountains tower proudest,
Thunders peal the loudest,
The landscape is the grandest-
And politics—the damnedest
— Kentucky Department of Agriculture
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