LOUISVILLE -- Gov. Matt Bevin took his beef with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer from the internet to the airwaves Wednesday, saying a protest Monday night was likely unlawfully loud and "we need better leadership" in Louisville.
"Greg Fischer, I'll be honest -- the people of Louisville deserve better," Bevin said on the Leland Conway Show on WHAS radio. "They really do. I've known Greg a long time, this isn't about him personally. But he frankly has lost control of the city of Louisville in ways that matter, and it's not reflecting well."
Bevin's comments came around 36 hours after a protest outside Sen. Mitch McConnell's Louisville home that started late Monday evening and lasted until around midnight. A response from Fischer's office was not immediately available Wednesday.
The demonstrators, who rallied against McConnell in the aftermath of two major weekend shootings over his failure to bring gun reform legislation to the Senate floor, chanted and made other loud noises in the Highlands-area neighborhood.
Fischer and Bevin took shots at each other in a series of Twitter posts Tuesday.
Bevin said Fischer should "stop embarrassing" the city and state by allowing "public disorder" such as that protest, while Fischer said peaceful assembly and protest are legal in the U.S.
Bevin responded by asking if Fischer supported protesters who may have threatened McConnell; Fischer said he didn't and people should instead unite against gun violence.
That, mercifully, marked the end of the Twitter exchange.
But Bevin reignited the feud a day later when speaking with Conway.
"I guarantee you that if this had been happening outside of Greg Fischer's … home in the middle of the night, I'm sure that he and his neighbors would have ensured that this was taken care of," Bevin said.
The city of Louisville has an ordinance that sets standards for noise pollution and what constitutes a violation. It specifically defines as unlawful "unreasonably loud, harsh or excessive noise" produced by car radios and horns, other stereo systems and loud speakers and amplifiers.
Hours for when loud noises would or wouldn't be legal are not listed, and the ordinance's list of noise that could be unlawful is not exclusive, though chants and yelling are not specifically mentioned. Penalties include fines of up to $250 for a first offense, up to $500 for a second offense within a two-year period, and up to $1,000 for a third offense in that time.
Louisville Metro Police officials were at the scene of the protest from around 9:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said Tuesday. No arrests or incidents involving police who were at the scene occurred.