A perennial candidate appointed to a state board by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin was booed offstage after falsely announcing the Republican had won re-election.
The woman, identified as Covington resident Alyssa McDowell, jumped onstage at GOP headquarters and told the crowd that Bevin had won — about 20 minutes after WLEX-TV called the election for Democrat Andy Beshear.
“Hey, we just got word Matt Bevin has won,” McDowell said, holding a cell phone to her ear.
She then began hooting and hollering in celebration, as the crowd cheered along with her.
1/ Woman who rushed stage at KY GOP event Tues. night after race had been called, and erroneously told the crowd that Bevin won, is #CovingtonKY resident Alyssa McDowell, recently appointed by Bevin to KY Consumers’ Advisory Council, has run for mayor and Kenton judge/executive.
— Michael A. Monks (@MicMonksMedia) November 6, 2019
McDowell stopped jumping up and down long enough to attempt another, much lengthier announcement into the microphone, which had been cut off, and a man came out onstage and ushered her away from the podium.
The crowd then began booing and chanting “kick her out,” as McDowell was led out of the room, and another speaker told the audience the race was still too close to call.
Bevin has not yet conceded what appears to be a narrow loss in his bid for re-election.
McDowell, who was appointed by Bevin to the Kentucky Consumers’ Advisory Council, has run for Covington mayor and Kenton County judge-executive to oppose “the homosexual agenda,” according to previous reporting by the River City News.
She also ran an independent campaign in 2016 for U.S. president.
— Conroy Delouche (@ConroyDelouche) November 6, 2019
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